Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas A&M (5-2) vs. Mississippi State (5-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 7:15 pm ET
Venue: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
Technically, Texas A&M and Mississippi State are still in the SEC championship chase. Realistically, they’re each fighting for the honor of being the No. 2 team in the West.
This year, if you’re the second-best team in the West, you’re probably the third-best team in the SEC.
Mississippi State took a little nap with blowout losses on the road against Georgia and Auburn, but after a little time off, it came back roaring with dominant wins over a miserable BYU team and a good Kentucky squad.
Now it’s up to the Bulldogs to get bowl eligible as fast as possible so they can have some fun.
Winning this week would be great, and if that doesn’t happen, they’ll win next week when UMass comes to town. And then Alabama comes to Starkville.
Texas A&M managed to be the one team to give the Crimson Tide a fight.
In the midst of an unappreciated season, the Aggies did a great job of bouncing back from the brutal collapse at UCLA to start things out. Now with three straight home games, there’s a chance to go on a nice run before closing out at Ole Miss and Louisiana State.
One Reason Why Texas A&M Will Win
Texas A&M and Clemson. They’re tied for the national lead in sacks per game, with a steady pass rush that’s been more than fine despite losing Myles Garrett to the Cleveland Browns.
But even if there aren’t a slew of big plays in the backfield, the Aggie secondary doesn’t have too much to worry about.
Mississippi State leads the SEC in fewest sacks allowed, but that’s partly because there aren’t enough downfield shots.
The idea is to keep the offense moving, and to get the ball out of Nick Fitzgerald’s hands in a hurry. But that means a whole lot of short to midrange passes which are effective, but don’t take the top off the D.
As good as Fitzgerald is, he’s only averaging 6.3 yards per attempt. To put this into perspective, Baker Mayfield has been hovering around 12 yards per throw for most of the year, and Josh Rosen is averaging 8.3 yards per play.
For an aggressive defense like Texas A&M’s, it’ll handle the short plays and swarm.
One Reason Why Mississippi State Will Win
Fitzgerald is back to being his normal self.
It helps to not have to face the LSU, Georgia or Auburn defenses, but the MSU star quarterback has stepped up his running game in the wins over BYU and Kentucky, taking off for 100 yards in each.
How’d he do last year against the Aggies? 182 rushing yards and two scores in the win.
On the other side of the ball, can A&M handle the Mississippi State pass rush?
The Aggies are having a nightmare of a time keeping defenses out of the backfield, and the Bulldogs have ramped up their plays behind the line with seven tackles for loss against both Auburn and Kentucky in their last two SEC games.
What’s Going To Happen
If this was in Starkville – where MSU has been dominant so far this year – the Bulldogs would be the pick.
Overall, the State defense might be fantastic, but on the road it couldn’t stuff the Georgia running game and it got eaten up by Auburn.
Fitzgerald was awful in the AU loss – mainly because the Tiger defense swarmed all over everything the Bulldogs tried to do. Expect more of the same from the Aggies.
A&M QB Kellen Mond won’t be as hot as Jarrett Stidham was for Auburn, but he’ll be effective when absolutely needed – and the D will take care of the rest.
It’s going to be a low-scoring fight for a full four quarters. Even with that UCLA loss, against Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida, A&M proved it could come through late in tough situations.
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Prediction
Texas A&M 20, Mississippi State 17
Mississippi State -1, o/u: 56
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