Mississippi State shut Auburn out in the first half of their 17-9 Week 4 win over their SEC rivals to cash in as a 1.5-point road dog. Bulldogs’ quarterback Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes, and Mississippi State’s stingy defense shut down reeling Auburn to win convincingly.
Prescott completed 29 of 41 passes for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions to lead Mississippi State to victory. Gabe Myles and De’Runnya Wilson caught touchdown passes from Prescott as the Bulldogs took a 14-0 lead into the half that they would never relinquish.
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— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) September 27, 2015
Texas A&M clearly wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but got past struggling Arkansas 28-21 in overtime to both, cover the spread as 6-point road favorites and remain unbeaten heading into their Week 5 showdown.
Despite their struggles, Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin knew his team was ready to play when the chips were down.
“I thought the look in our eyes in the fourth quarter and overtime was one of confidence," the Aggies’ fourth-year coach said.
Texas A&M completed their furious comeback on quarterback Kyle Allen’s 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Christian Kirk in the first overtime.
"The game is never over whether you’re ahead in this league or behind in this league," Sumlin said, "so you have to play the whole game."
— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) September 30, 2015
A Closer Look At The No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs Vs No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies Betting Trends & Stats
What: No. 21 Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-1) at No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies (4-0)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
Where: College Station, TX
Stadium: Kyle Field
Weather: 84° F / More Suns Than Clouds
Spread: Texas A&M -7
Moneyline: Mississippi State +235 vs Texas A&M -275
Game Total: 60
Watch: SEC Network
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Mississippi State vs Texas A&M
55 percent of the betting public likes Mississippi State to cover the spread in this SEC showdown, but I’m going against the majority of bettors with this pick, mostly because Texas A&M has the far more explosive offense.
The Aggies average just over eight points per game more than Mississippi State and even though they give up a nearly identical amount more than the Bulldogs do defensively, I believe Texas A&M is going to extract a small measure of revenge for the humbling 48-31 loss they took against the Bulldogs on the road last season.
63 percent of the betting public likes the Over and I agree, seeing as how each of the last two meetings – and three of the last four overall – have easily topped this game’s O/U Total.
Texas A&M is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall while Mississippi State has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in the month of October. The Over is 5-1 in the Aggies’ last six games following an SU win and 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.