No. 2 Auburn Visits No. 3 Mississippi State in Huge SEC Week 7 Showdown!
Online football odds and picks don’t get any more exciting than they will when the second-ranked Auburn Tigers visit the third-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs in a huge Week 7 SEC showdown that will undoubtedly have postseason implications for both national title hopefuls.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 6, 2014
No. 2 Auburn Visits No. 3 Mississippi State
When: Sat, Oct. 11
Where: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
Kickoff: 2:30 PM ET
Spread: Auburn -3
Auburn (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS) remained unbeaten by laying a huge 41-7 smackdown on LSU in Week 6 to cash in as a 7-point favorite. The Tigers won on a touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to C.J. Uzomah in the game’s final seconds.
Auburn however, is preparing to face one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in 6-foot-2, 230-pound dual threat superstar signal-caller Dak Prescott.
"This will be the first quarterback in a while with that size and caliber," Auburn cornerback Johnathon Mincy said.
This contest will also mark the third time the Tigers have faced a quarterback ranked in the Top 100 nationally in total offense. Prescott, who is ninth in the nation, has produced three consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards.
Ironically, the first time Prescott ever managed to pull of the feat was last season against Auburn, in the second start of his college career and first against an FBS team.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) October 6, 2014
Now, the Tigers are gearing up to face an improved Prescott and they full understand he can win games with either his right arm or legs.
"He puts a tremendous amount of pressure on you," Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright said. "He is a dual-threat quarterback and just saying that, I think that in itself already speaks volumes. Dual-threat means he can both run and pass. And he’s mentally capable to run their offense now. I think he’s more comfortable now."
The good news for Auburn is that the Tigers are ranked ninth in the nation in points allowed and have held the opposition to 21 points or less in five straight games for the first time since doing so eight straight times from 2007-08.
Mississippi State (5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS) dominated SEC rival and national title contender Texas A&M in its 48-31 Week 6 ‘upset’ to cover the college football betting line as a 3-point home favorite and move up a whopping nine spots in the national rankings.
Prescott threw two touchdown passes and added three scoring runs to lead the Bulldogs to victory.
"A Mississippi State-ment," Prescott said.
.@CoachDanMullen On Auburn: "We will have to win the 1-on-1 matchups if we want to win the game."
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) October 8, 2014
Now, the once perennial powder puff program is hot news in the national media, although head coach Dan Mullen insists on maintaining a sense of normalcy surrounding his program.
"I’m still just down there in the meetings trying to figure out how to score some points and how to shut the other team down," Mullen said.
Mississippi State has won eight straight games after starting last season with a 4-6 record and Prescott is largely responsible for the program’s emergence.
The strong-armed signal-caller has thrown for 1,232 yards with 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions while adding an additional 455 yards and six TDs on the ground.
"I still think he’s getting better every single day," Mullen said.
Game Analysis: I know the Auburn Tigers are a perennial national championship contender that almost won it all just last season, but I really like the problems that Dak Prescott and the explosive Bulldogs offense presents in this contest and I genuinely believe that Mississippi State is going to rise to the challenge in this huge matchup.
I know Auburn has recorded a near-perfect 10-1 ATS mark in their last 11 conference games and an impressive 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, but Mississippi State has gone 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and a blistering 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record.
I know the Auburn Tigers are the ‘safe’ pick in this contest, based simply on their recent history as a perennial title contender, but I like the Bulldogs to pull off the huge upset at home behind their rabid fans – and a healthy dose of Dak Prescott.
My Pick: Mississippi State +3 Points
If you like betting on the Over/Under Total more often than not, then you should also know that the Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Mississippi State and 7-2 in the last nine meetings overall.