Mississippi State vs. Tennessee fearless prediction and game preview.
Mississippi State vs. Tennessee Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 12
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
Network: SEC Network
Mississippi State (3-2) vs. Tennessee (1-4) Game Preview
Why Mississippi State Will Win
The Tennessee offense just isn’t working.
Playing Florida and Georgia will do that, but this is a beaten up group that can’t find anything that works consistently well. The Vols are awful at controlling the clock, and they’re not doing enough in any one way to make Mississippi State worry.
The Bulldogs can pull this off by simply not screwing up.
Control the ball for over 33 minutes, grind it out with the ground game that got hit for over 200 yards against Georgia, and don’t turn the ball over – Mississippi State can do that.
The Bulldogs don’t have to be scintillating or special. The defense has to keep taking the ball away – they’re third in the nation in takeaways – and second in the SEC in turnover margin. Tennessee doesn’t dominate like it needs to when it comes to being careful with the ball.
The Vols don’t get into the backfield, they won’t get to the Bulldog backfield enough, and and MSU should be able to take the ground out of the game with a few long early drives.
Why Tennessee Will Win
This just isn’t the Mississippi State team of last year.
The offense can’t do anything consistently well, it’s not putting up points in bunches, and there’s no passing game like there should be.
The Bulldogs are dead last among SEC teams in passing – averaging under 200 yards per game – and there isn’t enough explosion to take the game and put it out of reach.
On the other side, the defense that was such a killer last year is the second-worst in the SEC, there’s not enough happening in the backfield, and if the Tennessee offense was going to find something that works, this would be the week.
Brian Maurer stepped in and made a few big plays happen early on against Georgia with 259 yards and two touchdowns. He only connected on half of his passes, got lit up on a huge sack, and the Vols didn’t do anything after a nice start, but he showed something with a 73-yard touchdown pass early on.
For a starving team and fan base, he’s at least he’s giving them something.
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What’s Going To Happen
It seems sort of crazy, but Mississippi State and Tennessee haven’t played since 2012.
Mississippi State might not be playing all that well, but it’s doing just enough to get by against the mediocre teams. However, it’s about to be in for a fight against a Tennessee team that’s overdue for something fantastic.
The Vols have yet to beat an FBS team, and they haven’t looked great with the losses to the two SEC East big boys in losses to Florida and Georgia, but they’re about to make this a fight.
They’ll be in the game for a full 60 minutes, but when needed, the Bulldogs and RB Kylin Hill will control the game with a late scoring drive to break Tennessee hearts.
Mississippi State vs. Tennessee Prediction, Line
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