Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. Mississippi Rebels
The Mississippi State Bulldogs look to get bowl eligible as the host the Ole Miss Rebels in the Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs are -17.5 point favorites over the Rebels.
After last season’s New Year’s Day blowout of Michigan expectations were sky high for Dan Mullen’s Mississippi State Bulldogs but a tough loss at Auburn and a brutal SEC schedule they need a win in this one to make it to a bowl game this season. Tyler Russell has completed 53.5 percent of his passes for 1,034 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Vick Ballard is averaging 5.5 yards per carry for 865 yards and seven touchdowns. Chris Smith has 30 catches and two touchdowns, Arceto Clark has 28 catches and three touchdowns, and Chad Bumphis has 23 catches and three touchdowns. The MSU defense has 12 interceptions, six fumble recoveries, and 19 sacks for a plus one turnover ratio. Cam Lawrence leads the defense with 100 tackles, Brandon Wilson has 89 tackles, and Johnthan Banks has five interceptions. As always, the Egg Bowl is a huge game for the Bulldogs but with a bowl game in the balance it is even bigger than usual.
It’s been a horrible season for the Ole Miss Rebels and this will be Houston Nutt’s last game as Head Coach as he will be stepping down following the game. QB Randall Mackey was suspended for last week’s game against LSU but he should be back here but Ole Miss has used plenty of QB’s this year as Mackey’s numbers have been unimpressive completing just 49.7 percent of his passes for 1,112 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Jeff Scott was also suspended last week but for the season he has gained 529 yards and scored six touchdowns and Brandon Bolden has gained 447 yards and scored four touchdowns. Donte Moncrief leads the Rebels in receiving with 27 catches and four touchdowns and Ja-Mes Logan has 20 catches. The Mississippi defense had nine interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks for a minus seven turnover ratio. Mike Marry has 77 tackles, Charles Sawyer has 64 tackles and four interceptions, and Wayne Dorsey has three sacks. Will Ole Miss just pack it in or try and get a big win for their fans and their departing coach, which is the real question here.
Mississippi State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 1-4 against the spread following a loss, and 6-13-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Ole Miss is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, 6-2 against the spread following a double digit home loss, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight SEC games. The home team is 7-3-1 against the spread in the last 11 meetings of these two.
This is a monster line especially in a rivalry game but look for Mississippi State to lay the wood and show no mercy against one of the worst Ole Miss teams in recent memory.
Mississippi St. Bulldogs -17.5 Mississippi Rebels