STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State's showdown with top-ranked Alabama didn't go so well for the Bulldogs.
Now coach Dan Mullen is trying to make sure a bad day against the Crimson Tide doesn't turn into a bad month.
Mississippi State's undefeated season ended in a lopsided 38-7 loss to an Alabama team that was better in every facet of the game.
But the No. 17 Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1 SEC) don't have much time to sulk. They host No. 16 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2) on Saturday.
The Bulldogs have to figure out a way to at least slow down Texas A&M's freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who averages 277 passing yards per game and leads the SEC with 99.1 rushing yards per game. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more against Auburn.
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