The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look to bounce back from their humbling Week 1 loss when they host the South Carolina Gamecocks in an intriguing Week 2 SEC showdown that could have huge postseason implications for both teams.
Now, let’s find out where the value in this contest lies.
South Carolina Gamecocks Vs Mississippi State Bulldogs Odds & Free Pick
What: South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-1)
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Starkville, MS
Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium
Spread: Mississippi State -6.5
Moneyline: SC +210 vs Miss St -250
Game Total: 44.5
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Bet The South Carolina Gamecocks at +6.5 Because…
Elliott Fry made the longest field goal of his career by nailing an incredible 55-yard field goal with 35 seconds left to help South Carolina Gamecocks come back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Vanderbilt 13-10 on Thursday night in head coach Will Muschamp’s debut.
"I had total confidence," Muschamp said.
Quarterback Perry Orth completed 11 of 19 passes for 152 yards and running back Deebo Samuel scored on an 8-yard plunge as the Gamecocks avoided the big upset.
"I’ve been here the same amount of time as Elliott," Orth said. "I’ve seen him make those in practice. He’s made a few clutch kicks in games. I knew if we got the ball close to the 35 and in, we’d have a chance."
Bet The Mississippi State Bulldogs at -6.5 Because…
Mississippi State was on the wrong end of a shocking 21-20 comeback win against South Alabama while never coming close to covering the spread as a whopping 28.5-point favorite.
Damian Williams completed 20 of 28 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown while rushing for an additional 93 yards in the loss, but the Bulldogs only scored three points in the second half while allowing the Jaguars to score all 21 of their points after the half.
The defeat was one of the worst losses in the eight-year tenure of Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen.
"We just didn’t execute real well at times," he said. "And we had some absolutely critical errors. You can’t make critical errors and expect to win the game."
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I have no idea why Mississippi State is a nearly double-digit favorite, but I don’t like the Bulldogs to cover the spread!
First and foremost, I expect South Carolina to play stupendous defense under Will Muschamp this season. Secondly, South Carolina has as much – if not more – talent on their roster as Mississippi State.
South Carolina is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games and has won seven straight games against Mississippi State though the two teams have not met since 2013. The Gamecocks cover the spread in a thriller.