Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27) hopes to play this week despite a muscle injury that kept him out of the LSU game. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Mississippi State is in the midst of a three-game losing streak, and the Bulldogs haven't been very good the past three seasons against this week's opponent.
The Bulldogs have lost to Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU in consecutive weeks. This week, they play Arkansas who has beaten the Bulldogs three straight years.
The Razorbacks were a preseason top 10 pick and many believed they could contend for a national championship.
One reason for all the preseason hype was quarterback Tyler Wilson.
"The issue number one is their quarterback seems to always have a career game against us," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said during his Sunday teleconference. "You go into a game and to their credit, they have NFL style quarterbacks and they have another one this year. When he is on, he's probably one of the top picks in the NFL Draft and one of the best quarterbacks in the country. We have to do a great job of making plays against him."
The Bulldogs lost 42-21 to the Razorbacks in 2009, 38-31 in double overtime in Starkville in 2010 and dropped a 44-17 decision in Little Rock last season.
The Hogs have not had the year that many thought and their record stands at 4-6 overall and 2-4 in Southeastern Conference play.
MSU looks to right its season and stop the skid to Arkansas this Saturday in Starkville. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. at Scott Field.
"Just watching them on TV, I see a team with a tremendous amount of talent," Mullen said. "They've been in situations and had some tough breaks all year this season. There's a lot of teams that have tough breaks but when they play their A game, they have top 10 talent."
The Bulldogs were without junior tailback LaDarius Perkins in last week's 37-17 loss to No. 8 (Associated Press) LSU. Perkins was suffering from an injury.
His status for this week is up in the air.
"Obviously when you're dealing with a muscle injury, you never know but I feel pretty good," Mullen said. "It was a decision that we thought he might be able to play and it was a decision we made right before the kickoff that he would not be 100 percent. (It was) one of those things where playing with it could make it worse. A lot of guys that are beat up, if you play with it - it can't get any worse. We'll let them go this week. He could've made it worse so we decided to hold him. Our trainers have said, and he's pretty adamant that he's playing this week, but the training report will decide how close he'll get."
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