Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Prediction, Game Preview

    Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State prediction and game preview. The Rebels and Bulldogs fight in the Egg Bowl in Starkville.

    November 20, 2015


    Ole Miss (8-3) should pretty much know its SEC West deal by the time the game kicks off. If Alabama loses to Auburn, then the Rebels have a shot to win the West title with a win in the Egg Bowl. But Mississippi State (8-3) is looking to finish off a terrific season with a shot finishing out with ten games – if it wins its bowl. Check out the Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State prediction and game preview.

    Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, November 28
    Game Time: 7:15 pm
    Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

    Network: ESPN2

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    Why You Need To Care

    Ole Miss is a fluky play by Arkansas away from having control of its own SEC destiny. Instead, even if Alabama wins the Iron Bowl and this is just a really big win, that would make this a second-straight nine-win season and – with a bowl victory, too – the chance for the program to come up with the best three-season stretch wins the early 1960s. For all the fanfare over what the team did last season, even if it’s not as sensational, this year’s squad could turn out to be even stronger when it’s all done.

    Mississippi State lost to Alabama a few weeks ago, and that’s been it for a long, long time. The Bulldogs are 5-1 since the road loss to Texas A&M on October 3rd, and with a tremendous offense and good D, it’s been a fun second half of the season. This might not have been a No. 1 type of team like last year’s squad, but in many ways, this year’s version is stronger and more dangerous. The 2014 team couldn’t beat Ole Miss, but this one can make amends.

    Why Ole Miss Will Win

    You want to bomb away with Dak? Okay.

    Mississippi State has been phenomenal through the air this year because it has the best quarterback in college football. Ole Miss should be more than able to keep up the pace with Chad Kelly as hot as any passer in the country. The Rebel attack has thrown for 300 yards or more against everyone but Florida, LSU and Texas A&M, and even in those games the passing game worked well.

    The MSU secondary is far better than the one that got drilled throughout last year, but it’s been a problem when challenged. Few teams on the schedule so far could throw – Texas A&M went for 322 yards, while Arkansas and Brandon Allen threw for 406 yards and seven touchdowns in the wild overtime.

    Why Mississippi State Will Win

    The Ole Miss defensive front can get behind the line and make plays against the run, but the pass rush just isn’t quite there. It’s not non-existent, but it’s not enough to slow down Dak Prescott is he gets into a groove. With over 300 yards in each of his last five games, and a 508-yard, five touchdown day against the Hogs, he’s been unstoppable lately – and Ole Miss won’t be able to do enough about it.

    The Rebels have allowed 1,068 yards and eight touchdowns – granted six came against Arkansas – in the last three games. Throw in the 384 yards and three scores allowed to Memphis’ Paxton Lynch, and it’s been a long second half of the season for the Ole Miss D.

    Player Who Matters

    Whoa … are we all 100% sure that Dak Prescott is the best quarterback in the SEC? He’s a peerless leader and has been a terrific face of the program to go along with all the success. All the 6-2, 230-pound senior has done is throw for 3,159 yards and 23 touchdowns with a mere three picks, while running for 478 yards and eight scores.

    But Chad Kelly of Ole Miss has been right there in terms of success with 25 touchdown passes, over 3,500 yards, and nine rushing scores. The 12 picks are an issue, but he did beat Alabama – that’s the mic drop. The one who dominates the Egg Bowl deserves the First Team All-SEC recognition.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Prescott will be magnificent. Ole Miss has the talent, and it has the offense to make this a firefight, but will it have enough to slow down No. 15 in his final regular season game as Bulldog? Yup. The Rebel defense will rise up with just enough stops in the secondary, and Kelly will overcome a few key interceptions to pull off the tremendous road win.

    Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Prediction

    Final Score: Ole Miss 34, Mississippi State 31, Line: Ole Miss -1, o/u: 64

    Must See Rating: 5: Creed – 1: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade … 4

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