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Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech - 12/31/14 Orange Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-3) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2)
Date & Time Wednesday December 31, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -7 -- Over/Under: 62
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CFB | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-3) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-2)

The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets clash Wednesday night in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs have split their last four games and are playing in their fifth straight bowl. Dak Prescott is completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Prescott has six total touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games, and Mississippi State has 31 passing plays of 25 or more yards. De'Runnya Wilson and Fred Ross have combined for more than 900 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Malcolm Johnson has eight receptions in his last three games. Mississippi State’s ground game is averaging 5.3 yards per carry, as Josh Robinson leads the way with 1,128 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 19.4 points, 411.7 yards, and they’ve forced 36 sacks and 22 turnovers. Benardrick McKinney leads Miss State with 61 tackles and Preston Smith has 14.5 tackles for loss.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have won five of their last six games and are playing in their 18th straight bowl. Justin Thomas is completing 50.9 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Thomas has three touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and Georgia Tech has 20 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Darren Waller and Deon Hill have combined for more than 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns while leading receiver DeAndre Smelter is expected to miss this game with a knee injury. Georgia Tech’s ground game is averaging 5.9 yards per carry, as Thomas leads the way with 965 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are allowing 25.1 points, 396.4 yards, and they’ve forced 18 sacks and 27 turnovers. Paul Davis leads Georgia Tech with 108 tackles and KeShun Freeman has nine tackles for loss.

The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Yellow Jackets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 bowl games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. 

I don't understand why Georgia Tech continues to get slept on, as it's been the case all season long. The triple-option has shown to be extremely tough to defend, and the Yellow Jackets already have a win over an SEC team this season (Georgia) and lost to Florida State by just two points. I really don't know what we're arguing over, take the free touchdown and don't be shocked if GT wins this thing outright. 


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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