Dixon’s Attitude; What’s Ahead; Links

This week’s game: vs. No. 7 LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC), 11:21 a.m., SEC Network (announcers: Dave Neal play-by-play, Andre Ware color, Cara Capuano sideline), ESPN360.com, XM Channel 199, Sirius Channel 214.

As you can read into today’s Daily Journal, Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon has added a little something extra to his game. He’s running a little harder, a little more decisively, with a little more purpose. Is that purpose to eclipse predecessor Jerious Norwood‘s career rushing yards record? He’s just 395 away from doing so.

“When I first got here I set out to be the best, that was one of the things I just sat down and said to myself,” he said. “If I’m going to go up there and do this thing, I want to be the best at it.”

He said that is not his ultimate purpose, althought being the best certainly benefits MSU.

“It just feels good to know that I’m moving that way. But at the same time I definitely want to do my job to get this win; if that requires me to break the record then that’s what’s up, what I want to do,” he said.

Dixon, who has 215 rushing yards in two games, has been aided greatly by an offensive line that, as you can read in today’s notebook, is starting to gel.

“We have responded well to the things they have expected of us, so as we continue to be as a unit as a team, we’ll continue to go beyond our expectations, the coaches’ and everybody else,” left guard Quentin Saulsberry said. “One thing about us, we have to expect to win.”

• It’s a bit of an odd week for us at the Journal, because Ole Miss is playing South Carolina on Thursday. That means our GameDay section publishes that day, which means my deadlines are already breathing down my neck. The plan of attack as far as the Bulldogs are concerned is for me to have a column tomorrow (on the defense), a story of some sort in the GameDay on Thursday, the normal opponent story on Friday, and then a game advance for Saturday. Something like that.

Let’s hit the links real quick.

Chris Low of ESPN.com assesses the fallout from the latest Lane Kiffin-Urban Meyer spat.

Jeff Schultz of the AJC says Meyer is just making excuses.

• Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson is having to defend his play-calling in MSU’s 15-3 win in Nashville last weekend.