Matchup: #4 Mississippi State at #19 Ole Miss (-2.5, 49 at JustBet)
Date/Time: Saturday, November 29th @ 3:30 pm (EST)
Location: Oxford, MS (Airing on CBS)
Preview: The Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Ole Miss Rebels in the Egg Bowl from Vaught–Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi.
Mississippi State comes in to Saturday’s matchup at 10-1 and are ranked 4th in the national championship playoff rankings. Judging by last week’s performance, Mississippi State has put the 25–20 loss to Alabama behind them. The Bulldogs dominated the Vanderbilt Commodores 51–0 last Saturday. Mississippi State quarterback DAC Prescott was 16 of 21 for 193 yards with 3 touchdowns and also ran in for a score. Their offense outgained the Commodores 502-228 as the Mississippi State defense put forth a dominating performance, allowing Vanderbilt to convert on only 4 of 15 third down chances.
The Ole Miss Rebels are coming off their most disappointing effort of the season. The rebels were dominated from the opening kick and turn the ball over six times in a 30–0 loss at Arkansas. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was inefficient for the most part, completing just 16 of 31 pass attempts and throwing his 2nd and 3rd interceptions of the season. The defense was pushed around by Arkansas’ stout offensive line, as the Razorbacks ran for 159 yards. It was the Rebels’ 3rd loss in their past 4 games, and they’ve looked like a team that’s fading down the stretch.
I’m laying the points with the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The fact that the Bulldogs came out last Saturday and dominated a team that they should have showed the mental toughness of this team, and they definitely took care of business. As far as Ole Miss is concerned, they’re in a bad stretch and after key injuries to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, this team just looks worn down. Do I think that the Rebels have something to play for? Absolutely. They have a chance to get revenge for last year’s loss to the Bulldogs and spoil the Bulldogs’ national championship aspirations. However this is not the same Ole Miss team that we saw in the beginning of the season. They might still have a defense that’s ranked 10th in the nation, but judging by the past few weeks, that’s just not the case. I feel that the tough SEC schedule has really taken its toll on the Rebels as they’ve faded as the season has gone on. The Bulldogs have more to play for, and are quite frankly just the better team. I think Dak Prescott and company get the win on Saturday.
2014 Week 14 NCAA Football Pick: Mississippi State -2.5, Under 49
Mississippi State at Ole Miss Score Prediction: Mississippi State 31 – Ole Miss 17