Being without Dak Prescott has been hard enough for Mississippi State this season, but the Bulldogs have dealt with a rather unique challenge in 2016.
For the fifth time in six games, Mississippi State will be facing a first-year coordinator on Saturday.
“Usually it happens once. But for us just how the schedule fell this year it’s a big disadvantage because there’s not really film,” Mullen said on Wednesday’s SEC teleconference. “You’re not watching the guys you are playing. The good part about this part of the season is they’ve some games so we get to watch them play.
“There’s film of them playing. The challenge is always when you’re playing a brand new coordinator is that you don’t have any film. You are watching him coach an old team with players you don’t have to play against. That always makes it a big challenge.”
This time around it will be Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who in his first season at Auburn, has the Tigers giving up an average of 16.4 points per game.
Playing against a first-year coordinator won’t be as challenging this time around as there is five games worth of film to examine, and Steele has coached in the SEC for quite some time.
But Auburn itself will pose a challenge for the Bulldogs as the Tigers enter Saturday’s contest off back-to-back wins against LSU and Louisiana-Monroe.
I think we’ve had a first-year coordinator in all but one of games this year,” Mullen said.