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"It's Time For Football"

"It's Time For Football"

They've had their fun. Devouring racks of ribs, putting on singing shows, touring the town. Even, in Dan Mullen's case, directing the famed Peabody Ducks in their prescribed paces. Yes, "We've had a great week here so far," the coach said. "And hopefully finish it the right way with a win tomorrow, which always makes your bowl experience that much better."

Yes, the only proper way for Mississippi State to complete a week in Memphis—and end the 2013 season—is to leave the AutoZone Liberty Bowl with the winner's trophy. Not that anything Tuesday will spoil the larger experiences Mullen's team has enjoyed, to be sure. They will return home with the usual sorts of swag, the seniors get to play one last time with teammates. And all the practices, campus...

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