Several Mississippi State fans are anxious to see how their Bulldogs will fare Saturday morning when the Texas A&M Aggies come to town.
The No. 17 (Associated Press) Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1) don't have much time to think about last week's loss to No. 1 Alabama. The No. 16 (Associated Press) Aggies are knocking on the door.
"It is the same thing like any other week," MSU senior safety Corey Broomfield said. "You never play perfect. When you come away with a (win), a lot of stuff gets overlooked. This week, it's good because you don't overlook nothing. All your mistakes are right there and you are just trying to correct them."
MSU head coach Dan Mullen is not putting to much emphasis on the loss to Alabama and is taking this week just like any other.
"Every week we look at how we won or how we lost the game," Mullen said. "We haven’t lost very often recently, but what were the determining factors so we can point and we can correct them on all of those issues.
"(We) go through and review all the things we did positively and all the things we did negatively and hopefully we grow on the positives and correct the negatives – very much as we’ve done for every game this season."
For Mullen, the season is far from over. The Bulldogs still have four games on their schedule, all Southeastern Conference contests.
"You always define yourself in November, to me as a team, of what you’re going to do and how you’re going to perform to close out the season," Mullen said in his Monday press conference. "We’ve put ourselves in great position during the month of November. Now this is what separates a good season from a great season and a great season from a championship season. (It's) how you perform in the month of November.”
In a game after a loss, there seems to be a lot of urgency. Players and coaches alike view the game as a win or die situation.
"All of them are important, the rest of the games we have," sophomore linebacker Matthew Wells said. "It's a great game that we can come back and get a win and get some more confidence to play well the rest of the season."
For Johnthan Banks and the rest of the seniors, that sense of urgency is not with him.
"We have been here four or five years, there (isn't any) panicking," Banks said. "Our coaches are going to coach with poise and we are going to be poised."
The Bulldogs are a fairly loose and free wielding team. Banks is wanting more of that this week with his squad.
"We have to get back to the old ways when I first got here," Banks said. "Going hard, everybody excited, competing and just going out there and flying around.
"You have to let stuff go sometimes. We lost, we are trying to put it behind us, move on and get ready for Texas A&M."