Confidence is key and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles have plenty of it.
Today at USM's media day, the team was asked a range of questions from whether the team can reach a bowl game this season, to what a win against Mississippi State would mean to the program.
"I don't look at it like that. I really don't," said head coach Todd Monken. "Is it a big game? Yes, but sustained winning really is the staple of this program."
"I know that people talk about going over to Alabama and beating Bear [Bryant] and all that, but people talk more often about over the last 80 years the 20th winningest program in all of college football, 18 straight winning seasons, 14 straight bowl games. The mark of a great program is consistently winning."
Senior defensive lineman Adam Williams, said he's ready to prove doubters wrong.
"I'm ready to show [Mississippi State] that Southern Miss, we're a good team. We just lost our confidence at one period and now it's building back up. So, we're ready."
Team leader and senior wide receiver Markese Triplett, believes his teammates have a bright future.
"Yeah, we're going to make a bowl game this year."
The Golden Eagles face the Bulldogs August 30, in Starkville.