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Bulldogs offense starting to look historic

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Through five games of 2012, Mississippi State is one of only 15 remaining undefeated teams in the country. At 5-0, the Bulldogs are also starting to distinguish themselves as one of the best offensive units in school history.

They're only the fourth team to post an undefeated mark through the first five outings, and are the first team to averaged at least 25 points through the same stretch. On top of that, the Bulldogs have totaled 171 points through the first five, which is the highest total since 1944. And if the afore mentioned stats seem a bit trivial, the Bulldogs' balance may explain that.

Led by junior quarterback Tyler Russell, the offense has produced 2,023 yards through the air, and 1,128 yards on the ground. Still, Head Coach Dan Mullen wants to see a bit more explosiveness out of his unit.

"I saw two other possessions I really think we should've had touchdowns on," said Mullen of his team's most recent 27-14 win over Kentucky, "(Chad Bumphis) dropped a big pass down the middle of the field. That would've been a big play.

"There's some big play potential, but as you always see, you're not always going to have lots of opportunities at big plays." They'll probably get a good number of opportunities this weekend against a Tennessee team that's tied nationally for 87 in total defense, and 73 in pass defense.

"You'd better capitalize on (those opportunities)," said Mullen, "If you don't, you're going to be in a battle...It's hard to score in this league."

In order to improve to 6-0, State will have to break a six-game skid against their rivals from the SEC East, who also own a 9-1 record against the Bulldogs. The two haven't played since 2008, when the Vols dominated the Bulldogs in the second half, and exploded to a 34-3 win in former Head Coach Sylvester Croom's last season.

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