USM WR Markese Triplett on MSU: "They don't scare me."

September 22, 1990. That's the last time Southern Miss faced Mississippi State on a football field.

August 30, 2014 will be the next. In case you forgot, that's this Saturday.

When USM senior wide receiver Markese Triplett was asked what concerns him the most about the Bulldogs, this was his response.

"They don't scare me man," said Triplett followed by a laugh. "Like I said, it's just another game. [I've] seen them on film. [They're] gonna do what they have to do to stop us and [we're] gonna do what we have to do to win."

Golden Eagles defensive coordinator David Duggan, offered a different take. "Well, first if it doesn't give you any juice, if it doesn't make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, you really shouldn't be playing."

"This is obviously a very big game for everybody involved, the state, the school, both schools."

Head coach Todd Monken said this game will prove how much the team has grown.

"We're going to find out how much we've improved over the course of last year. It's always an indicator of where you're at and when you get a chance to play a quality opponent in Mississippi State, then you're going to find out exactly where the improvements have come."

Linebacker Alan Howze is well aware of the players the Bulldogs have on their roster.

"They really have talent everywhere. [Malcolm Johnson] their tight end, he's very versatile at what he does," said Howze.

"They have a pretty speedy cat that we're keeping our eye on as of right now, but it's hard to place your finger on one player on offense just because they are dynamic in every position they have as far as skill wise."

Southern Miss holds a 14-12-1 series advantage against MSU.

Kickoff is for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.