Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the SEC West matchup between the Aggies and Bulldogs.
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Game Preview
When: Saturday, November 5 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Davis Wade Stadium – Starkville, MS
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
The Aggies recovered from their first loss of the season with a dominating 52-10 victory over New Mexico State. Texas A&M still has a shot at making the College Football Playoff, but will need to continue winning and making the margins impressive in games like this one against Mississippi State.
For the Bulldogs, they got a win against Samford to break a three-game losing streak but it was not easy at all. Mississippi State gave up 468 yards passing (627 yards total) to the FCS member Bulldogs. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald threw five touchdowns and ran for two more, but also threw two interceptions.
What To Know About Texas A&M
Texas A&M should have no problem moving the ball against a Mississippi State team that has been absolutely shredded throughout the season. Quarterback Trevor Knight will be licking his chops as he faces a defense that is No. 104 in passing yards allowed per game at 263.9. The Aggies will keep it balanced, though, with running backs Keith Ford and Trayveon Williams able to break out for huge gains at any time.
Defensively, if the Aggies stop Fitzgerald, the Bulldogs have no other real threats to beat you offensively. The quarterback leads Mississippi State in rushing by more than 400 yards. Defensive end Myles Garrett will be out with an injury, but the rest of the Aggies defense should be able to contain Mississippi State.
What to Know About Mississippi State
The Bulldogs put up a season-high 56 points in the win this past Saturday, but that was against Samford. Note to the Bulldogs: Texas A&M is not Samford. Fitzgerald is basically the entire offense, as he throws and runs while trying to lead the Bulldogs down the field. A one-trick pony against an improved Aggies defense will not get the job done.
Frankly, the Mississippi State defense must play out of its mind if they want a shot at stopping Knight, Christian Kirk, Ford and company. Giving up 468 yards passing to a FCS team is inexcusable, and if the Bulldogs have any pride, they will come out with a chip on their shoulder to start the game.
Offense: Texas A&M. Knight to Kirk will be a popular call on Saturday.
Defense: Texas A&M. No Garrett shouldn’t be a problem for the Aggies.
Special Teams: Texas A&M. Kirk is always a threat on punt returns.
Coaching: Texas A&M. Dan Mullen has his hands full in Starkville.
Intangibles: Texas A&M. Keep on winning and just maybe the chips will fall into place.
Matchup To Watch
Christian Kirk vs. Mississippi State secondary
Josh Reynolds has more receiving yards, but Kirk is the biggest threat against defenses.
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Betting Odds
Spread: Texas A&M -13.5
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Prediction
This Mississippi State team has never seemed to recover from the season opening loss to South Alabama. Fitzgerald has played well at times, but the fact he has to do everything will make it tough sledding against the Aggies. Knight and the offense will have a big day against the Bulldogs maligned defense, the cowbells will stop ringing by halftime, and Texas A&M walks out with a large margin of victory.
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State Score Prediction: Texas A&M 49, Mississippi State 17