Auburn took 10-of-11 meetings in the series with Mississippi State to begin this century, but the Bulldogs are tying to scrap back, taking three of the last six meetings straight up and going 4-2 against the spread over the last six. A struggling Mississippi State will play as a home 'dog against the Tigers on Saturday night in Starkville.
College football point spread: The Tigers opened as four-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
College football betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 30.0-29.8 Tigers (College football picks on every game)
Why the Auburn Tigers can cover the spread
Since taking that tough loss to LSU three weeks ago Auburn is 2-0, following a 24-13 victory over Southern Miss last week. The Tigers hit the board first with a touchdown late in the opening quarter, led 14-3 at the half and 21-6 through three quarters before holding on from there.
Auburn didn't exactly light things up offensively, with just 341 total yards, but the Tigers defense held the Southern Miss offense to just 260 yards, 226 below what was its season average.
Auburn couldn't cover as a 27-point favorite last week, but in review that line seems inflated. The Tigers didn't help their cause when penalties and a turnover halted three incursions inside Eagles territory.
Two weeks ago Auburn defeated Arkansas 34-3 and covered a 30-point spread.
Why the Mississippi State Bulldogs can cover the spread
Mississippi State rolled through its first three opponents this season by an average score of 50-9, but now it's trying to snap a two-game losing skid, following a 13-6 loss at home to Florida last week. The Bulldogs drew first blood at 3-0 and led 6-3 at the half.
The key play in the game may have come on Mississippi State's first possession of the second half, when a Nick Fitzgerald bomb that was going to at least get the Bulldogs inside the Gators 10-yard line was dropped. Mississippi State then punted and allowed Florida to immediately drive to a touchdown, completely reversing momentum.
A final Bulldogs drive ended on downs at the Gators 45-yard line.
Offensively Mississippi State has struggled two weeks in a row. But the Bulldogs defense has held its last two opponents to 328 yards per game.
Smart betting pick
The Tigers have won the last two meetings in this series by scores of 49-10 and 38-14, and while this game probably won't be decided by that much the smart money still gives the points with Auburn.
College football betting trends
The total has gone under in five of Auburn's last six games vs. Mississippi State.
The total has gone under in Mississippi State's last four games vs. its conference.
Auburn is 6-1 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven games in October.
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