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Updated: 9/09/2013 4:57 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/AP) - Mississippi State's first two games of the season provided one lethargic loss and one blowout victory.

Bulldogs' coach Dan Mullen says Mississippi State (1-1) has learned from the good and bad of those performances and is ready for its Southeastern Conference opener at Auburn (2-0) on Saturday.

The Bulldogs hope to be healthy after sitting seven starters in last week's win against Alcorn State. Coach Dan Mullen said Monday that quarterback Tyler Russell has not been cleared for contact after suffering a concussion in the opener against Oklahoma State, but expects him to be ready for Auburn.

Sophomore Dak Prescott started in Russell's place against Alcorn State. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a touchdown.

Mullen said Monday that the team is very confident with Prescott at quarterback in the event that Russell is unable to play.
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