It has gone downhill for the Mississippi State Bulldogs since getting upset by the Kentucky Wildcats back in Week 4. After that setback, the Bulldogs suffered another loss last Saturday at the hands of the Florida Gators at home. They can bounce back in a big way if they can inflict damage on the Auburn Tigers’ record this week in Starkville. Read on for a preview of this matchup between two SEC West teams who are playing catchup to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the division.
NCAA football futures list Auburn at +5,000 to win the College Football Championship while Mississippi State sits at just +8,500.
Betting Preview for the Auburn Tigers vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Week 6 College Football Game on October 6 2018
Where: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field, Starkville
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Auburn Tigers (4-1 Overall / 1-1 Conference)
Auburn took care of its business on Saturday, earning its fourth win of the season at the expense of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles to the tune of a 24-12 score. Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham airmailed 245 passing yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-33 completions while running back Kam Martin paced the team’s backfield with 90 rushing yards. However, it’s the Tigers’ defense that impressed the most. Once again, Auburn’s secondary made plays with Christian Tutt and Jeremiah Dinson each recording an interception. Auburn has seven interceptions thus far, among the highest totals in the SEC. That kind of pass defense should be able to do its job in order to slow down Mississippi State’s attack that ranks 38th in the nation with 31.3 points per game. Conversely, the Tigers are allowing just 13.7 points per contest, sixth best in the FBS.
The Tigers are 5-3 ATS in their last eight road games against Mississippi State.
Betting on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-2 Overall / 0-2 Conference)
The Bulldogs entered Week 5 of the college football season averaging over 30 points per game as mentioned earlier, but all they had last Saturday was a pair of field goal makes in a 13-6 home loss to the Florida Gators. Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went just 11 of 26 for 98 yards. His anemic production from the pocket was because of no small part by his pass protection that allowed six sacks. The Bulldogs have now allowed 11 sacks on the season, which is a troubling takeaway from their loss to Florida. It becomes more concerning for Fitzgerald’s outlook this coming Saturday when it’s considered that Auburn is second in the conference with 14 sacks. Having said that, Mississippi is still a dangerous team on offense, especially on the ground. The Bulldogs are 13th in the nation with 257.0 rushing yards per game. Running back Kylin Hill and Fitzgerald are the main figures in the team’s running game. Fitzgerald paces the team with five rushing scores, while Hill tops the Tigers with 307 rushing yards to his name.
Mississippi State is 2-1 ATS in its last three home games.
Auburn wins, 23-19.
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