Mississippi State Bulldogs
(7-4, 5-6 ATS)
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(4-7, 4-7 ATS)
The annual Egg Bowl doesn’t have the highest stakes in the world this year, but the Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs will still be looking for instate bragging rights on Saturday night in a fantastic college football betting battle.
The Bulldogs might only be a 2-2 team on the road this year, but when you consider the fact that those two losses came against the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide and that the wins came against the Florida Gators and Houston Cougars, that doesn’t seem all that bad. The ball doesn’t leave the hands of either QB Chris Relf, QB Tyler Russell, or RB Vick Ballard all that often. Ballard has carried the ball 145 times for 862 yards, and he has 16 scores, while Relf has 168 carries for 605 yards and four TDs. He also is the top passer on this squad, as he has thrown for 1,207 yards and six TDs to boot. Top receiver WR Chad Bumphis has been solid considering the fact that he doesn’t seen the ball all that much, but he has 43 receptions for 590 yards and five scores. Defensively, saying that you allowed 20.1 points per game considering the fact that you played in the SEC West was awfully, awfully impressive for the Bulldogs this year.
Head Coach Houston Nutt has his work cut out for him to get the Rebels back to where they really should be. They are going to be one of the best teams in the nation that isn’t going to a bowl game this year, as playing in the SEC has just wrecked them. Ole Miss is just 1-6 so far in conference this year, with that one win coming against the Kentucky Wildcats. The Rebs have to know that they really shot themselves in the foot at the beginning of the season, as they posted terrible losses to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Vanderbilt Commodores at home. They really haven’t played well since the middle of October either, as their only win came against the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. Last week’s 43-36 loss at the LSU Tigers marked their first cover since an October 16th close call against the Alabama Crimson Tide as well. The defense for Ole Miss has been awful, allowing 35.5 points per game, ranking just No. 107 in the land coming into this week. This is the last game in the interesting career of QB Jeremiah Masoli, who is still trying to prove that he is worthy of a shot at the next level.
The Rebels are going to be able to compete in this game, but just as they have all season long, they’ll find a way to lose at the end. The Bulldogs are deserving of the Egg Bowl this year, as it has been a great season that deserves to be capped with a win over their arch rivals.
College Football Free Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs -2.5
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