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Brignone added that Mullen’s approach have made Egg Bowl week “more fun.”

But it’s only fun for the Bulldogs if they win. And to do that, they likely need to improve a defense that’s given up 68 points over the past two games. MSU defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said the defense was out of position to often against Arkansas, and compared finding the correct defensive alignment to a test in the classroom.

“We got the answers wrong before the play even began,” Diaz said. “Once the play started, we had already lost. You have to give yourself a chance. They can ask you 61 questions and you can get 59 right, but even if you just miss two it makes it really difficult to win.”