Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 16: Coach Dan Mullen of the Mississippi State Bulldogs directs play against the Florida Gators October 16, 2010 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — It's Egg Bowl week and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has been strangely quiet. In previous years, the fourth-year coach hasn't missed an opportunity to needle rival Mississippi — though he still refers to the Rebels as "The School Up North." But for the most part, he's been downright cordial, even praising Ole Miss' better-than-expected season under first-year coach Hugh Freeze. Mullen insists his slightly more congenial attitude isn't a sign that he's lost any fire to beat the Rebels. The 25th-ranked Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) travel to face the Rebels (5-6, 2-5) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mullen has never lost an Egg Bowl — winning three straight. And he's talked a steady stream of smack while doing it, especially after the Rebels changed their on-field mascot to a Black Bear two years ago. "I don't have any more respect for them now than I did last year, or the year before, or the year before that," Mullen said. "It's t...
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