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Mississippi State senior wide receiver Joe Morrow talks about this weekend's match-up against LSU.

Mississippi State will open the SEC slate this weekend when the LSU Tigers come to town. Mississippi State (1-0) will be take to Scott Field at Davis Wade Stadium for the first time this season on Saturday in a top 25 match-up that could shape the SEC Western division race to Atlanta. Senior wide out Joe Morrow knows what is at stake and reports that his team has worked hard to prepare for the challenges LSU brings to the table.

The Bulldogs got their season off on the right foot last Saturday with a 34-16 win on the road at Southern Miss. While the Bulldogs were victorious, there were some teachable moments for the Mississippi State players and coaches.

"Coach (Dan) Mullen said after the game that it's just time," Morrow said. "We got that game under our belts and we have a real team coming to play this week. We know after last year that they are going to be ready to play. We have to prepared for it and be ready for a tough game."

Some Bulldog fans were a little concerned, because the Bulldogs were less than crisp on the offensive side of the ball in the season opener at Hattiesburg. Morrow reports that some first game jitters got the better of the Bulldogs in the early going, but that fans of the Maroon and White should not be overly concerned.

"You know when you compete, every now and again everybody is going to have a bad game," Morrow said. "Dak (Prescott) is a great quarterback. He did a great job and we went out there as a team and we got the job done. We just have to continue to practice better and prepare better.

"We made some mistakes last week. Dak missed on a couple of throws, we had some O linemen miss on some blocks and we had some receivers drop some passes. It's a team thing. We all have some room to improvement.

"We're like a family and we all work to keep each other up. If you have people arguing or putting each other down, then it's not going to work."

Morrow reports that when mistakes happen, players have to move on to the next play and not let any negative feelings linger.

"You have to have a short memory with all of that," Morrow said. "You have to take it one play at a time. If you go out there and drop a pass, you can't let that one drop kill you the whole game. If you start doing that, then you lose focus on the next ball."

Growing up in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Morrow was surrounded by Southern Miss and LSU fans. With a 2-0 career record against the Golden Eagles and the chance to even his mark against LSU at 2-2, Morrow has some personal bragging rights at stake when he takes the field this weekend. 

"This game is real important to me," Morrow said with a smile. "This is my last year and I just want to go out there and show out. I want to have a big year and then get my degree in December.

"I have some people back home that cheer for those other teams and they tell me that they will cheer for me except in one game every year. They want to put their two cents in, but I know deep down that they're all behind me and that they want me to be successful. It's going to be a fun night Saturday night."

Mississippi State beat the Tigers in Death Valley last fall for the first time since 1991. The Bulldogs have not celebrated a home win over LSU since 1999. Morrow and his team hopes to change that, but they are careful not to take the Tigers lightly.

"This is a brand new year," Morrow said. "They have a new team and we have a new team. We're just going to put the ball down on Saturday and see who wants it more. 

"We just have to go out there and play our ball. As the game goes on, you can make your adjustments. We're just trying to go out there and play Mississippi State football with relentless effort. We're going to go out there and give everything we got."

The Bulldogs have worked in practice all week to prepare for LSU and to work out some the kinks uncovered a week ago. Morrow reports that the Mississippi State work ethic has been very good this week.

"We've been out there going hard and going fast," Morrow said. "The scout team is going a great job. They're working hard and helping us get ready. All I'm thinking about right now is getting ready, but I feel like it's going to hit me when I get in the stadium on Saturday that this is my senior year. I am ready to get out there and hear those cowbells ring. It's been way too long."


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