In the night cap on Saturday, we’ll have two teams trying to avoid sinking to the bottom of the SEC West standings as the Mississippi State Bulldogs travel to Kyle Field to meet the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.
Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1 SEC) could not get anything going offensively at Jerry World last week, falling 20-10 to Arkansas. Quarterback Zach Calzada struggled throughout the contest and the Aggies’ only successful offensive drive came as a result of a 67-yard Isaiah Spiller touchdown run. Calzada has drawn criticism since stepping in for an injured Haynes King but TAMU’s woes also lay at the feet of their banged up offensive line. We’ll see if they can get things rolling again at home on Saturday.
Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1 SEC) couldn’t quite replicate last year’s stunner over LSU, falling to the Tigers 28-25 last Saturday afternoon. Down 21-3 at one point in the third quarter, State made a furious comeback attempt late but came up just short when LSU recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock. MSU QB Will Rogers is rounding into the prototypical Mike Leach air raid quarterback, throwing 62 times last week for 371 yards and three touchdowns to one interception.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Mississippi State: 36th overall, 63rd offense, 21st defense
Texas A&M: 12th overall, 52nd offense, 5th defense
No injuries to report
WR Chase Lane Ques Sat – Undisclosed
QB Haynes King Late Oct – Ankle
OL Luke Matthews Ques Sat – Undisclosed
WR Caleb Chapman Ques Sat – Undisclosed
OL Layden Robinson Ques Sat – Undisclosed
Against The Spread
Mississippi State: 1-3 ATS
Texas A&M: 2-2 ATS
Mississippi State: Over 1-3
Texas A&M: Over 0-4
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Mississippi State: 31st overall, 37th offense, 28th defense
Texas A&M: 11th overall, 10th offense, 8th defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Texas A&M -7
Moneyline: Texas A&M -320, Mississippi State +250
Opening line: Texas A&M -10
Opening total: 47
Jimbo Fisher’s Aggie offense is struggling right now but they still have one of the meanest defenses led by DeMarvin Leal. Their best course of action is mucking up games and turning them into defensive slugfests, which is what they’ll do against a State team that hasn’t exactly lit it up offensively this year. The under is the way to go here.
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