Mississippi State and BYU meet in a key nonconference game on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Find game time, TV channel, live stream, odds and picks for the game below.
The Bulldogs come into the game on a two-game losing streak, having been blown out by Georgia and Auburn in its last two games. The Bulldogs did have a bye week to prepare for the visiting Cougars.
Mississippi State is 3-2 on the season, while BYU is 1-5. The Cougars won last season’s matchup in Provo, Utah. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for Noon ET on the SEC Network.
Mississippi State-BYU football: TV Channel, time, live stream
TV Channel: The Mississippi State-BYU football game will air on the SEC Network. To find the SEC Network for the Mississippi State-BYU game, click here.
Time: The game will kickoff at Noon ET.
Live stream: You can live stream the Mississippi State-BYU lt game on WatchESPN.
Mississippi State-BYU football: odds, picks
Odds: Mississippi State is a 24-point favorite in the game. The over/under is a 48.5.
Picks: Via SEC Country‘s David Caraviello
Turns out, that drilling LSU took in Starkville back on Sept. 16 only served as advanced notice of Tigers troubles to come. One-time media darling Mississippi State took a needed week off after being beaten by Georgia and Auburn by a total score of 80-13, and now hosts a BYU team that’s lost five straight. Watch for quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to get that Bulldogs offense back on track, and set the stage for an interesting contender-or-pretender matchup against Kentucky next week.
Prediction: Mississippi State 38, BYU 17
Via SEC Country’s Alex Martin Smith
Mississippi State has not won in nearly a month, but the Bulldogs are still favored over BYU. Why? Well, BYU is really, really, really bad. The Cougars have lost their past five games by a combined 110 points. They’ve scored more than 13 points just one time in that span (a 40-24 loss to Utah State).
Expect Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs offense to get back to their freewheelin’ ways in a rout. The pick: Mississippi State
Via SEC Country’s Christopher Wuensch
1. The quarterbacks
The “Nick Fitzgerald-for-Heisman” talk cooled as quickly as it started. Granted, Fitzgerald’s uncharacteristically bad games came against Georgia, owner of the nation’s fifth-ranked rushing defense, and Auburn, which is fourth-best against the run in the SEC.
Fitzgerald’s passing numbers have slipped. He hasn’t thrown for more than 200 yards since the opener against Charleston Southern. BYU is allowing about 200 yards per game to opponents through the air. Fitzgerald’s 156.6 yards per game clocks in well below that.
Tanner Mangum will get the start for BYU, despite a nagging ankle injury that’s plagued him for several weeks. The junior has passed for 630 yards and just 2 touchdowns to go with 6 interceptions this season.
2. Series history
This matchup with BYU is the back end of a home-and-home arrangement with the Cougars. Mississippi State can even its all-time series at two wins apiece on Saturday. BYU has won the last two contests. The two programs played a similar series during the 2000 and 2001 campaigns.
3. Opening line
Oddsmakers aren’t giving BYU much of a chance. The Cougars were 24-point underdogs (-110) at the start of the week.
4. Player to watch
NT Jeffery Simmons
The Chuck Bednarik Award committee named Simmons to its 2017 watchlist this week. The nose tackle is up for the award for the country’s best defensive player after a torrid start to the season. Simmons has 4 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a pair of impressive touchdowns atop his sophomore résumé.
5. What’s at stake
Mississippi State needs a confidence boost. Unfortunately for BYU, the Cougars are likely to be the sacrificial lamb that Dan Mullen’s program needs right now. Conversely, should the Bulldogs struggle, it could be a sign of bigger problems in Starkville.
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