Check out the Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss fearless prediction and game preview.
Mississippi State (8-3) vs. Ole Miss (5-6) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Thursday, November 23
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
Last year, Mississippi State used a win over Ole Miss to get to 5-7, and caught a break on its APR score to get into a bowl game. This time around it doesn’t need the help, but it’s jockeying for SEC bowl positioning.
This is it for Ole Miss in a redshirt season, and while it doesn’t matter one way or another in the greater good of the college football world, this matters.
The Rebels have done a nice job of remaining fun and interesting despite all the problems and with nothing big to play for. Going 6-6 would be an excellent run, and beating the Bulldogs would be the high point.
It’s the Egg Bowl, but it’s the bowl game for Ole Miss. Of course bragging rights matter. Of course Rebel fans need this.
But for the Bulldogs, keeping alive the hopes of a ten-win season matters, too.
One Reason Why Mississippi State Will Win
If it seems like Mississippi State will always have the ball, it’s because it will.
This is a high-flying Ole Miss passing offense that moves fast, works fast, and scores fast, but Miss State should have total control over the temp and timing of the game – it’s the SEC’s best in time of possession.
The running game – helped mostly by the legs of QB Nick Fitzgerald – is one of the best in the country, the Ole Miss run defense is among the worst in the country, and the Bulldogs will crank up the production from the start to keep the Rebel O off the field.
Mississippi State will always keep the chains moving behind its solid O line. But …
One Reason Why Ole Miss Will Win
Ole Miss has a running game, too.
Jordan Ta’amu and the passing attack gets most of the attention lately, but the Rebels are balancing things out a bit with their big, productive back who’s turning into a 100-yard machine.
He has hit the 100-yard mark with a score in three of the last four games, cranking out yards in chunks as a great complement to Ta’amu and the passing game.
Defensively, no, the Rebel defensive front doesn’t do enough, but it doesn’t have to worry about the deep ball against a MSU passing game that doesn’t stretch the field.
What’s Going To Happen
Ole Miss is going to release the hounds. They have nothing to play for, they’ll come out loose, and they’ll come out slinging.
And then Nick Fitzgerald will happen.
He destroyed the Rebels for 258 rushing yards and two scores, and he threw for three scores. On fire, he’s not making mistakes lately, only Alabama in the last six games has kept him from running for 100 yards, and at home, he’ll take over the game for a Bulldog O that will have the ball for close to 40 minutes.
Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss Prediction
Mississippi State 34, Ole Miss 24
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