Auburn might be reeling, but if you asked Mississippi State (3-1) before the season if it’d be happy at 3-1 and coming off a 17-9 win going into the Texas A&M (4-0) game, it would’ve taken it in a heartbeat. The Aggies are coming off a tough, gut-check win over Arkansas that could’ve easily have gone the other way in overtime, but now it’s in a great position to make a big move in the West. Check out the Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State prediction and game preview.
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 3
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
Network: SEC Network
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Why You Need To Care
How good is Texas A&M? Beating Arizona State and Arkansas in neutral site games looks nice on paper – okay, Houston vs. the Sun Devils isn’t exactly a 50/50 split – but this year it might not be that big a deal. So far this is an efficient, effective team that held up against the Arkansas pounding, and now it has to take advantage of five home games in the next six. The Aggies, though, get a week off before dealing with Alabama and a road trip to Ole Miss next. This is no time to suffer a hiccup.
Mississippi State doesn’t have a running game, but the defense has been stellar and it’s proving to be a better team than originally expected. The one loss was a heartbreaker to LSU, and with three straight home games up next and four in the next five, there’s a chance to go on a huge run with a win in College Station for the first time since a 6-0 dogfight – in 1913.
Why Mississippi State Will Win
There’s a chance Texas A&M is beaten up. Arkansas might not be that great, but it’s not a bad thing to play the team that just had to deal with its pounding offensive front. Defensively, the Bulldogs have rebounded and been solid after allowing 311 yards to Southern Miss in the opener. They’ve allowed just one touchdown pass on the year – to the Eagles – and have given up just 360 passing yards over the last three games. They’ve been very aggressive, and very effective at getting around the ball.
Why Texas A&M Will Win
The Bulldogs haven’t seen a receiving corps like A&M’s. Actually, they have – LSU’s is really good – but it didn’t get turned loose in the Tiger offense. Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones are all NFL caliber targets, and that’s just scratching the surface on this deep corps. Kyle Allen is playing stronger and better than he did last season, throwing for 358 yards and twos cores last week against Arkansas, and hitting 77% of his throws in the win over Ball State. MSU is about to get bombed on.
Player Who Matters
Myles Garrett is asked to make lots and lots of big plays in the backfield, and that’s exactly what he’s doing. The Texas A&M sophomore has 18 tackles on the year and 6.5 sacks, with 3.5 of them coming against Nevada, two against Arizona State, and one last week against the Hogs. It’s all working – teams have to gameplan around him, and the rest of the line is benefitting. Last year he came up with one of his best games of the season with ten tackles and a sack against MSU – he has to be all over Dak Prescott all game long.
What’s Going To Happen?
Mississippi State is playing well, but Texas A&M is too balanced and too explosive. It’ll be another dogfight for the Aggies, but they’ll find a way to come through by holding on late against Prescott as he drives the Bulldogs close to pulling off the upset.
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Prediction
Final Score: Texas A&M 34, Mississippi State 30, Line: Texas A&M -7, o/u: 60
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