South Carolina at Mississippi State - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -7 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
The South Carolina Gamecocks and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium on ESPN2.
The South Carolina Gamecocks look for another victory after upsetting Vanderbilt on the road. Perry Orth is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 152 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Orth has four touchdown passes in his last three games. Bryan Edwards and Deebo Samuel III have combined for 137 receiving yards on 10 catches while A.J. Turner has three receptions. The South Carolina Gamecocks ground game is averaging 121 yards per contest, and Turner leads the way with 70 yards on 13 carries. Defensively, South Carolina is allowing 10 points and 242 yards per game. Chaz Elder leads the Gamecocks with seven tackles, Darius English has 0.5 sack and Rashad Fenton has two pass deflections.
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs need a bounce back performance after getting upset by South Alabama. Damian Williams is completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 143 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Williams enters this game with four career touchdown passes. Brandon Holloway and Fred Ross have combined for 74 receiving yards on 11 catches while Justin Johnson has two receptions. The Mississippi State Bulldogs ground game is averaging 239 yards per contest, and Williams leads the way with 93 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, Mississippi State is allowing 21 points and 379 yards per game. Leo Lewis leads the Bulldogs with nine tackles, A.J. Jefferson has two sacks and Jamoral Graham has one pass deflection.
The Gamecocks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Gamecocks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
I'm not the type to overreact after one week, but Miss State lost at home to South Alabama. South Carolina showed signs of life in the second half against Vanderbilt and has had a truckload of time to prepare for this game. Don't love this game at all, but I'll take a free touchdown against a team that suffered probably the worst loss of opening week.