Both of these SEC teams are coming off tough losses, Mississippi State in a 31-28 nail-biter as they missed a field goal as time expired at Arkansas and Auburn getting stuffed 20-3 at Texas A&M.
With the defeats, they saw their chances of contending for the West division title diminished, although if Auburn wins out, they can still get in the mix since that would mean they will have defeated Alabama to create a tie with the Crimson Tide and possibly one or two other teams, triggering a complicated tie-breaking process.
College Football Betting Preview for Mississippi State Bulldogs at #17 Auburn
Mississippi State Bulldogs Betting Preview
The Bulldogs have had an up and down season, and their 5-4 overall record and 3-3 conference mark represent that inconsistency. Last week they erased a nine-point Arkansas fourth-quarter advantage with a pair of scores, taking the lead at 28-23 with 2:22 left in the game only to see the Razorbacks go ahead 31-28 with a touchdown and two-point conversion with only 21 seconds left on the clock.
Offensively, the Bulldogs looked as they have all season, relying almost exclusively on the passing game, but gave up 202 yards rushing to Arkansas, over double their season average per game on the ground.
Mississippi State has had times when they’ve looked almost unbeatable, as during their 31-17 win over Kentucky, and others, like on Arkansas’ winning drive, where they haven’t been able to make key stops.
Auburn Tigers Betting Preview
The Tigers are still in contention in the SEC West, but the loss to Texas A&M highlighted their inability to move the ball against the top defenses in the conference, with an earlier 34-10 loss to top-ranked Georgia and a 28-20 defeat at Penn State.
Saturday at College Station, Auburn managed just 226 total yards, including 73 yards on the ground, with an anemic average of 2.5 yards per rushing attempt.
Conversely, Texas A&M ran the ball at will against the Tigers’ defense, averaging almost 6.5 yards a carry and racking up 219 yards on the ground, despite failing to score an offensive touchdown, which neither team was able to accomplish.
Auburn has had consistent success against lesser defensive units, averaging almost 184 rushing yards a game and 5.3 yards per attempt.
Mississippi State vs Auburn Betting Odds at MyBookie
Auburn is at -5.5 at home, and both sides of the wager carry odds of -110. With the exception of their 49-9 loss to Alabama, Mississippi State’s other three defeats were all by three points or less, while five of Auburn’s six wins came by at least 10 points, with the other one a five-point defeat of LSU.
Free Betting Prediction and Pick
Mississippi State’s erratic defense is just the kind that Auburn has been able to take advantage of in their wins, even though the Bulldogs have been fairly effective against the run with the exception of the losses to Alabama and Arkansas.
Auburn has a better record than Mississippi State because they are simply a better team, and the Tigers should be able to handle the Tigers in the same fashion they took care of Arkansas and Ole Miss.
College Football Betting Pick: Auburn -5.5
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