Mississippi St. Bulldogs vs. Tennessee Volunteers
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Mississippi State Bulldogs face off on Saturday for a SEC college football battle in Starksville. The Bulldogs are -2.5 point favorites over the Volunteers.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are unbeaten and ranked and with a win in this one will already be bowl eligible with half of the season left to play. QB Tyler Russell has completed 56.6 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and an interception. LaDarius Perkins is averaging 6.1 yards per carry with six touchdowns and Josh Robinson is averaging 4.9 yards per carry to anchor the MSU running game. Chad Bumphis has 21 catches and six touchdowns, Chris Smith has 16 catches, and Arceto Clark has 10 catches. Defensively Mississippi State is allowing 13.4 points per game, 126 rushing yards per game, and 199.6 passing yards per game with nine interceptions and eight sacks. Bernadrick McKinney has 36 tackles, Preston Smith has three sacks, and Darius Slay has four interceptions. After a disappointing year last season Mississippi State has exceeded all expectations this year.
The Tennessee Volunteers are still looking for their first SEC win of the year after losing at home to Florida and losing a barn burner at Georgia in their last game before last week’s off week. QB Tyler Bray has completed 61.1 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Rajion Neal has gotten the bulk of the carries in the backfield and he is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with four touchdowns and Marlon Lane is averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Justin Hunter is the Vols primary receiver with 33 catches and four touchdowns and Cordarrelle Patterson has 21 catches and two touchdowns. Defensively Tennessee has had issues as they allow 29.6 points per game, 186.2 rushing yards per game, and 239.6 passing yards per game with nine interceptions and six sacks. A.J. Johnson has 42 tackles to lead Tennessee, Byron Moore has 36 tackles and four interceptions, and Eric Gordon has 22 tackles and two interceptions. Tennessee appears to be on the upswing but they haven’t been able to get it done against the better teams.
Mississippi State is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven SEC games, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games against a team with a winning record. Tennessee is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 games overall, 1-6-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 SEC games. Tennessee has covered in the last four meetings of these two.
I like Tennessee to get the win in the spot and I will take the points.
Tennessee Volunteers +2.5 Mississippi St. Bulldogs