Todd Monken talks about preparing for Appalachian State

Southern Miss has put the Alabama loss in their rear view and the team's attention has shifted to Appalachian State.

The Mountaineers are coming off a bye week and 66-0 win against Campbell in their previous game, and it's a reason why head coach Todd Monken says his team needs to be more aware on the field.

"It's always good from a health standpoint. This early in the year I don't know, but from a schematical standpoint you have a chance to look and dissect."

"You get a chance to really hone up on some special plays, so we've got to be dialed in from onside kicks to punt fakes, to different types of punt rushes that we haven't seen in the past, but in the end the high percentage of what they do just like us with or without a bye week, it's what you believe in," said Monken at the team's weekly press conference.

"It's going to be what the core you run offensively, defensively, because if you change too much that meant you didn't believe in what you ran previously."

Game time against Appalachian State is set for 6 p.m. Saturday.