Mullen is 0-5 vs. Auburn as Florida’s offensive coordinator and Mississippi State’s head coach (Credit: Butch Dill, Getty Images)

While it may have cooled over the last year, Dan Mullen’s name has been a hot one in the college football world after a very successful stint as Florida’s offensive coordinator (2005-2008) that included two national championships (2006, 2008) and early success as Mississippi State’s head coach (2009-present) leading the Bulldogs to a 52-14 Gator Bowl win over Michigan after the 2010 season.

However, Mullen has yet to record a victory over Auburn in five tries as an offensive coordinator and head coach. The Tigers hung the only loss on Florida’s 2006 national championship team, beating the 2nd-ranked Gators 27-17 in Auburn. Tommy Tuberville’s squad with now-Florida head coach Will Muschamp serving as defensive coordinator followed it up in 2007, defeating 4th-ranked Florida in Gainesville’s Swamp 20-17 on a game-ending Wes Byrum kick.

Mullen is 0-3 as Mississippi State’s head coach against Gene Chizik’s Auburn, losing 49-24 in 2009, 17-14 in 2010 and 41-34 in 2011. The last two games have featured a late Auburn defensive stop to secure victory. The Bulldogs were one of several teams in 2010 to “almost, but not quite” beat the national champion Tigers and Cam Newton, who’s recruitment allegations involved both programs. Last year, Mississippi State entered the game as the ranked team at #16, but failed to take advantage as Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line in the waning seconds.

Auburn and Mississippi State open their conference slates against each other in Starkville this Saturday at 12 pm EDT.