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Memphis vs. Mississippi State picks and best bets for Week 1

The Tigers and Bulldogs meet on Saturday, September 3 as both programs hope to take a leap forward this coming season.

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS - NOVEMBER 6: Will Rogers #2 talks with Head Coach Mike Leach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the sidelines during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on November 6, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bulldogs 31-28. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Memphis Tigers travel south as they meet the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Scott Field on Saturday, September 3. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will air on ESPNU.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Memphis: 59 overall, 52 offense, 67 defense
Mississippi State: 15 overall, 28 offense, 17 defense

Injury update


K Devid Kemp - Out (undisclosed)
LB Bryce Edmonson - Out (undisclosed)
WR Eric Rivers - Out (undisclosed)

Mississippi State



Against The Spread

Memphis: 0-0 ATS
Mississippi State: 0-0 ATS


Memphis: Over 0-0
Mississippi State: Over 0-0

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Memphis: 63 overall, 58 offense, 66 defense
Mississippi State: 31 overall, 40 offense, 25 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Mississippi State -16.5
Total: 57.5
Moneyline: Mississippi State -720, Memphis +520

Opening line: Mississippi State -16
Opening total: 56.5


90 degrees, 5 MPH wind, 40 % chance of rain

The Pick

Over 57.5

Will Rogers is back under center after throwing for 4,739 yards and 36 touchdowns as Mike Leach looked to stretch the field. Memphis should be able to go toe-to-toe with Seth Henigan returning after throwing for 3,322 yards as a freshman. This has the makings of a shootout and I like taking the total going over in this one.

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