Bulldogs (+3, 64)
Another week, another SEC West showdown for No. 6 Mississippi
State, which welcomes No. 2 Auburn to Starkville for a clash of
undefeated teams. The Bulldogs have climbed to their highest
ranking ever with back-to-back wins over top-10 teams LSU
(34-29) and Texas A&M (48-31), running their winning streak
to eight games. The gauntlet continues against an Auburn team
that routed LSU 41-7 a week ago
Each of Mississippi State’s opponents this season has entered
the game unbeaten and left with a defeat, but the Tigers have
won five of the past six meetings and 11 of 13, including a
24-20 victory last year in Auburn. “They will be the best team
we’ve played so far,” Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen told reporters.
“Their guys know how to win. They’ve played in big games and
know how to play in big games.” The Tigers also know how to win
conference games — they’ve won nine straight against SEC
opponents and are the defending league champions.
TV: 3:40 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE:
LINE HISTORY: The opening line was Auburn -3
then dropped to Auburn -2.5 for a short while before rebounding
to the opening spread. The total has jumped a full point,
opening at 53 and now sitting at 64.
INJURY REPORT: Auburn – OL Patrick Miller
(Ques-Undisclosed) Mississippi State –
WR Jameon Lewis (Prob-Leg), K Devon Bell (Prob-Undisclosed)
WEATHER REPORT: Weather for kickoff is calling
for clouds with temperatures near the 85°F. Weather for the
region is calling for thuunderstorms and rain for Friday as
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “The Tigers’ only
regular season loss of 2013 came at the hands of LSU, and they
avenged that loss with a 41-7 win this Saturday. The Bulldogs
moved to 5-0 with a win over Texas A&M.” – Covers Expert Jesse Shule
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “We are pretty split on
this marquee matchup. We haven’t seen a lot of fluctuation in
the spread, dropping a half point from where we opened at +3.
Obviously with two offenses that can score a number of ways,
we’ve seen a lot of action on the over, almost 76 percent, but
that hasn’t bumped the number much. I’m even guessing a little
as to what will transpire here, should be a good one.” –
John Lester from Bookmaker.eu
ABOUT AUBURN (5-0, 2-0 SEC): The Tigers
continue to roll up impressive offensive numbers with
dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall leading the way.
Marshall, who has accounted for 1,147 total yards and 12 TDs,
passed for a career-high 339 yards and two TDs in last year’s
meeting but has relied more on his legs since then. Auburn’s
defense has been overshadowed, but the Tigers rank ninth in the
nation in scoring defense (14.4) and 14th in total defense
ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (5-0, 2-0): The
Bulldogs have established themselves as an offensive
powerhouse, as well, racking up over 500 total yards in six
straight games dating to last year’s Liberty Bowl. Quarterback
Dak Prescott has emerged as a legitimate Heisman Trophy
candidate, amassing 455 rushing yards and six TDs to go with
1,232 passing yards with 13 TDs and two interceptions. The
Bulldogs have been tough against the run — ranking 12th
nationally at 98.2 yards per game — but have surrendered a
whopping 328.2 passing yards per contest.
*Tigers are 10-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
*Bulldogs are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
*Over is 9-2 in Tigers last 11 games on grass.
*Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Mississippi State.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 55.65 percent of
Covers users are on Auburn -3 with 55.2 percent
backing the over.