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BYU vs. Mississippi State - 10/14/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-3) at BYU Cougars (3-3)
Date & Time Friday October 14, 2016, 10:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: BYU Cougars -7 -- Over/Under: 52.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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CFB | Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-3) at BYU Cougars (3-3)
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The BYU Cougars and the Mississippi State Bulldogs face off on Friday Night in week 7 college football action.

The BYU Cougars have played a tough schedule and they sit at 3-3 after blowing out Michigan State on the road. The BYU Offense is averaging 28.2 points and 420.7 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 8 times. Cougars QB Taysom Hill has completed 60.6 percent of his passes with 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and he has rushed for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Brigham Young rushing attack is anchored by Jamaal Williams who has rushed for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns and Nick Kurtz has 21 catches and Jona Trinnaman and Colby Pearson each have 18 catches. The BYU defense is allowing 25.8 points and 404.5 yards per game with 10 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 11 sacks. Fred Warner leads BYU in tackles with 45, Butch Pau’u has 42 tackles, and Francis Bernard has 32 tackles. BYU hasn’t been shy about taking on the tough opponents so they won’t see anything talent wise they haven’t already seen.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 2-3 this season and they appear to be in for a tough run if they hope to make a bowl game. The MSU offense is averaging 25.6 points and 404.8 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 6 times. Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald has completed 57.4 percent of his passes with 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and he has rushed for 390 yards. Brandon Holloway is the Bulldogs top running back with 208 yards and Fred Ross has 29 receptions with 5 touchdowns. The Mississippi State defense is allowing 26.2 points and 371.4 yards per game with 5 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, and 11 sacks. Richie Brown is MSU’s top tackler with 42, J.T. Gray has 33 tackles, and Leo Lewis has 31 tackles. Mississippi State looks to be in a rebuilding year.

BYU is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 0-5 against the spread against the SEC. Mississippi State is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 8-3 against the spread following a loss, and 5-11-2 against the spread following a double-digit home loss.

BYU has played a tough schedule, probably the toughest in the nation and they should be well prepped for this one. BYU should match up well here and with Mississippi State lacking real leadership I expect this to be a tough game played in altitude as well. 

Pick:
BYU Cougars -7

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