Situation building at state's schools
Mississippi State defensive back Jay Hughes, right, looks to bring down Ole Miss receiver Vince Sanders in last year's Battle for the Golden Egg in Oxford. (Photo by Rogelio Solis, AP)
When people talk college football they think about the Southeastern Conference and more notably the state of Alabama.
Since 2006, the SEC has won seven-straight Bowl Championship Series National Championship games. The state of Alabama has the last four.Â
The Crimson Tide of Alabama won in 2009, followed by Auburn's title in 2010. The Crimson Tide have won the last two.
"We're obviously proud of what our team was able to accomplish last year and the year before," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at SEC Media days this week. "We also learned that there's five or six plays that sort of can define your season and make a difference in the season."
Mississippi will be looking to put its state on the national stage.Â
The two teams from the state of Mississippi that represent the SEC, are hoping to get a couple of those plays to go their way this season.
Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both made noise the last couple of years.
The Bulldogs have been to three consecutive bowl games under head coach Dan Mullen.Â
Mullen took over a Bulldog program that didn't have much to cheer about and reenergized the fan base. He did that by bringing a winning attitude to Starkville.
"Three consecutive bowl games is not something that has been done very often in Starkville," Mullen said. "I'm proud of our team, how they've embraced the program we're trying to build and how we're trying to build it."
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