The No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs will be in College Station, Texas on Saturday to take on the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies.
Both teams head into the contest after big wins over SEC West opponents last week.
The Aggies (4-0, 1-0) needed overtime, but they were able to defeat Arkansas 28-21 in the Southwest Classic.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen had arguably his best game of the season in the win, throwing for a season-high 358 yards and two touchdowns.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen emphasized getting pressure on Allen Saturday to throw him off his game.
“We’re going to have to do a good job of getting pressure on (Allen),” Mullen said. “And containing him as well. You know, keeping him in the pocket because he’s a pretty athletic runner and can make things happen once he breaks contain.”
The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1) were also led by their quarterback in last week’s victory. Senior Dak Prescott threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns as Mississippi State beat Auburn 17-9.
Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin knows his team is going up against a great one in Prescott.
“He’s everything you want in a quarterback,” Sumlin said. “He’s smart, he’s physical, he exudes confidence. He’s a great ambassador for Mississippi State and the league.”
In the battle of top notch signal callers, Mullen believes his Bulldogs will need a complete game to win on the road.
“We’re going to have to come out and play four quarters of great team football in all three phases: offense, defense, and kicking to have a chance to win,” Mullen said.
Kickoff Saturday between the Aggies and Dogs is at 7:30 pm ET.
Click below to listen to audio from the two coaches: