Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen didn’t mince words when talking about his team’s next matchup during his weekly press conference Monday.
“Arkansas is one of the hottest teams in the SEC, and one of the hotter teams in the nation,” he said.
The Bulldogs travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday to take on the Razorbacks, who have won four games in a row, including overtime victories over Auburn and Ole Miss and a blowout win at LSU this past weekend.
Mullen mentioned the Razorbacks’ recently potent offense, saying Arkansas is hard to stop if you slip behind.
“(If) they get a lead, it’s tough to come back,” he said. “They control the clock, they control the tempo of the team.”
It’s a predicament many of Arkansas’ opponents have found themselves in. In the past four games, the Razorbacks have averaged just more than 50 points per game.
Mullen also praised Arkansas running back Alex Collins, who has rushed for 1,209 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
“We’ve seen some pretty good backs,” Mullen said. “But he’s another special one we’re going to have to go face this week.”
For a team that started the season 1-3, Arkansas has managed to turn its season around in spectacular fashion. It isn’t that the Razorbacks’ game plan has changed much, Mullen said, it’s just the result of a team playing with unflappable confidence.
“It’ll be a huge challenge for our team to go out there and find a way to win,” he said.