Penultimate game of the football season? Must be Arkansas week. It’s always a game State would really like to win, but this year we must win.
1. MSU has to win this game if there is any hope of going to a bowl game. At 4-6, the Dawgs must beat Arkansas and Ole Miss to close out the year.
2. Mullen has never lost to a team that finished the year with a losing record. With 7 losses, the Hogs have already secured that feat. One of the things Mullen has going for him is his uncanny ability to always beat bad teams. His last 9 SEC wins have been against teams with a combined 8-62 SEC record. Arkansas is 0-6 so beating teams like this is what his tenure is built on.
3. Not to finish in the cellar of the SEC West. Right now MSU is 1-5 and Arkansas is 0-6. A loss would mean the Hogs own the tiebreaker. Even if technically we were to finish tied for 6th their name starts with ‘A’ so forever they will be placed ahead of us and our name will be last (provided they lose to LSU, and we lose to OM or we both win in Week 14).
4. Davis Wade Stadium will be newly remodeled come 2014, and with the opening of the north endzone expansion you don’t want a fanbase down and out about the program. Even if State were to win the Egg Bowl after losing to UPig, the lack of a bowl game will create plenty of restlessness among MSU fans, barring a coaching change. Scott Stricklin doesn’t want an apathetic fanbase to go along with the brand new digs.
5. It’s Arkansas. They are no good. They aren’t just rebuilding, they’re in the midst of a major overhaul in philosophy that they don’t have the players for. They might be worse than Kentucky. They’ve lost seven straight games. They’ve been outscored 249-91 in SEC play; that’s an average margin of defeat of 26 points. We better beat Arkansas, that’s all there is to say about that.
- We’ve never won in the state of Arkansas
- Mullen has never lost four consecutive games (MSU hasn’t lost 4 straight since 2005)
- Add juice to the Egg Bowl with the prospects of bowl-eligibility on the line
- It’s Arkansas