Mississippi State… what’s not to hate?
Consequently, the SEC league office gave Dillon Day a 1 game suspension that he will serve against A&M. Well Dan Mullen ‘completely disagrees’ with the ruling, and Mississippi State fans plan to wear tattoo arm sleeves to support their starting center during this ‘injustice’.
You can’t make this stuff up.
The Aggies kick off against Mississippi State at 11:00AM C.T. in Davis Wade Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Mississippi State Preview:
Offensively, the weight of the Bulldogs offense rests squarely on Dak Prescott’s shoulders. Similarly to Johnny Manziel the past two years, Dak accounts for a large portion of their offensive production both through the air and on the ground. He has thrown for 241 yards per game and has 11 touchdowns on the season. In addition, he averages 95 yards per game running the ball. The dual threat aspect that he brings to the game could give the Aggie defense plenty of headache.
Defensively, the team is led by senior Preston Smith. The defensive tackle is a true presence in the middle, and he leads his team in sacks (3) and interceptions (2). He also has accounted for a forced fumble. The Aggie’s offensive line will have their work cut out for them against a front seven that leads the SEC in sacks.
Texas A&M Preview:
Offensively, A&M will need to exploit the Bulldog’s secondary. While Mississippi State’s front 7 is one of the best in the SEC, their secondary is the worst (124th in NCAA). Meanwhile, the Aggies lead the SEC in passing offense with 401 yards per game (5th in NCAA). Jake Spavital will need to work the edges to spread out this defense. In turn, they will be able to open up a running game with favorable matchups in the box. Finally, if this game is close in the 4th quarter, history favors the Aggies. Mississippi State ranks 100th in nation in 4th quarter scoring margin, worst among unbeaten teams. The Aggies have played their best in the 4th quarter outscoring their opponents 62-3, an average of 11.8 points per game.
Defensively, the Aggies have their work cut out for them. The young front 7 will need to apply pressure to Prescott while also keeping things in front of them. They can’t get out of position and create running lanes for him to scramble. The cornerbacks will need to key on wide receiver Jameon Lewis who leads their team in receptions (15) and yards (223). But most of all, the defense will need win the third down battle. Mississippi State is going to get their yards. They have a very good offense and one that the Aggies traditionally struggle against. But if they defense can keep pressure on Prescott and get off the field in critical third downs, the offense will get more than enough chances to win this one.
If you’re traveling to Starkville for the game, don’t be shocked at the slim pickings of restaurants and bars. But if you’re looking for that hole in the wall with the best barbecue in town, look no further than Petty’s. One satisfied customer went so far as to call it “the best restaurant in all of Starkville, perhaps all of East Mississippi.” You can’t go wrong with either the ribs or the pulled pork sandwich, and be sure to add sides of baked beans and coleslaw.
Once you’ve grabbed some barbecue, stop by StaggerIn for a beer. Less than a mile from Davis Wade Stadium, this sports bar is a fan favorite on game day. With a live atmosphere and a number of beer choices, they’ve got you covered. Looking for something by the pitcher? Try out Crooked Letter, a local craft brew made right in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. More of an IPA fan? They have Mojo and Monkeynaut by the bottle.
It all starts and ends with Kenny Hill. The true sophomore showed grit and poise last week in rallying the team to victory. That confidence will spill over into a 450 yard passing day with 4 TD’s and a late game clincher to tight end Cameron Clear. The defense perfectly executes the bend but don’t break gameplan holding Mississippi State to only 250 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. The game comes down to the wire, but the Aggies silence the cowbells when it’s all said and done.
Ags win 35 – 31.