Dan Mullen: SEC Championship game this year

Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen at SEC Media Days 2010 (WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen says he expects the Bulldogs will be playing for the SEC Championship this year.

"Our plan is this December," Mullen said. "We're going to try to find a way to win every single game we play. If we do that, we're going to find ourselves in Atlanta."

Mullen, in his second year as the head coach of the Bulldogs, spoke to reporters Wednesday at SEC Media Days about his team's progress since last year and the challenges ahead for the upcoming season.

"I'll be honest, I don't look at our schedule and say, 'We're going to lose that game,'" Mullen said. "When you look at your schedule, the teams you have to play, you play to win, and you play to plan on winning."

Mullen, who served as the quarterbacks coach at Florida before coming to Mississippi State, said he knows his players a lot better this year.

"This time last year, I never had the opportunity to see any of our guys play live in a football game, how their reactions are going to be when the lights come on on Saturday, how you're going to perform," Meyer said. "Now we know how those guys are going to be."

Mullen said the players know him and his expectations better, too.

"Second year in spring practice, our guys knew what to expect from our coaching staff," Mullen said. "They knew the demands of our coaching staff. They knew what we wanted from them. They weren't surprised by anything out there on the field. They knew what was coming. "

Mississippi State begins football practice on August 3. The first football game will be September 2 against Southern Miss.

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