Mississippi St. vs. Auburn: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers enter Week 3 with an undefeated record, but the Mississippi State Bulldogs will give them all they can handle on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
After falling to Oklahoma State in Week 1, the Bulldogs rebounded with a blowout win last weekend against Alcorn State, winning the game 51-7.
Sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott, playing for the injured Tyler Russell, threw two touchdown passes and the team gained 277 yards with five touchdowns on the ground.
For the Tigers, this week marks their third straight home game—an ideal way to get any season kicked off. Auburn survived an early scare against Washington State, winning 31-24, and then dismantled Arkansas State 38-9 in Week 2.
Here's a look at when and where to catch the game, along with betting information, injury reports for both teams, a look at the top storyline and a final prediction.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Watch: ESPN 2
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 50.5 pts.
- Spread: Auburn (-6)
Bulldogs Injury Report (via USA Today)
Out: Jay Hughes, S (Achilles)
Questionable: Jamerson Love, DB (ankle); Justin Malone, OL (leg); Ferlando Bohanna, LB (concussion)
Probable: LaDarius Perkins RB (ankle); Tyler Russell, QB (concussion)
Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)
Out: Jeffery Whitaker, DT (leg); Jonathan Jones, DB (knee)
Questionable: Justin Garrett, LB (foot); Dee Ford, DE (knee)
Can Mississippi State Shut Down Auburn's Running Game?
Facing a superior team in Oklahoma State, Mississippi State couldn't stop the Cowboys from running roughshod to their heart's content. The Bulldogs allowed 286 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in Week 1, as the Cowboys averaged 7.2 yards per carry.
Alcorn State provided an easier challenge, and the Bulldogs responded as you'd expect. Mississippi State shut its opponent's running game out, for all intents and purposes, allowing just 28 yards on the ground.
Auburn is the better team on paper, and if the Bulldogs allow this team to run the way it has in the first two weeks (298 yards per game on average), then the game will be over before it begins.
However, if Mississippi State can shut down Tre Mason, Corey Grant and the rest of Auburn's running backs, then the Bulldogs have a legitimate chance of pulling off an upset on the road.
Malzahn seems to have his offense clicking on all cylinders, and it'll take a perfect showing by Mississippi State's defense to keep it in check.
Which team will win?
Furthermore, Auburn has owned Mississippi State the past few decades, winning 20 out of their last 27 games in this series. The Tigers have also held the Bulldogs to 19 points or less on offense the past 10 times the two teams have met, as noted by AuburnTigers.com.
An upset isn't out of the question, but it's not likely, either.
Auburn wins 31-17
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