Tennessee-Martin SkyHawks (5-5) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 8, 2014, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs -43.5 -- Over/Under:
The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks and Mississippi State Bulldogs square off Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.
The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks have won four straight games and are ending their season on a positive note. Tennessee-Martin is an offensive team that averages more than 30 points per game and more than 400 yards. Jarod Neal is completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Kyle Kerrick and William Tanner have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, while Corey Jordan has caught three touchdowns this season. Tennessee-Martin’s ground game is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and has scored 19 touchdowns. Abou Toure leads the way with 905 yards and eight touchdowns, while Trent Garland is averaging 6.2 yards per carry on 61 carries. Tennessee-Martin has explosive players on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks are allowing 28.1 points, 392.3 yards, and they’ve 20 sacks and 18 turnovers. Devontay Barnett leads Tennessee-Martin with 65 tackles and Deantae Glover has six tackles for loss.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs remain undefeated and the top rated team in all of college football. Dak Prescott is looking like a Heisman Trophy candidate by completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Mississippi State has 21 passing plays of 25 or more yards and is averaging 15 yards per catch. De'Runnya Wilson and Josh Robinson have combined for more than 600 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Fred Ross has caught nine of his 15 passes in his last two games. Mississippi State’s ground game is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, and Robinson and Prescott have combined for 21 rushing touchdowns. MSU has won eight straight games when rushing for at least two touchdowns. Defensively, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 20.1 points, 434.8 yards, and they’ve forced 18 turnovers and 29 sacks. Benardrick McKinney leads Mississippi State with 50 tackles and Preston Smith has 9.5 tackles for loss.
While the Mississippi State Bulldogs are widely considered the best team in all of college football, the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks are capable of putting up points and could keep this game slightly closer than expected. The amount of points we're getting here is simply crazy. Sure, the best bet would probably be to avoid this game altogether, but if you feel to put something down in order to make this game watchable, I'd take the points here.