Bulldogs Command NCAAF Lines for SEC Showdown vs Missouri

Posted by Aaron . on November 4, 2015 in

SEC’s college football betting action kicks off this Thursday night with a high voltage game featuring the Missouri Tigers and the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mississippi State comes into the game having won three in a row in convincing fashion, outscoring Troy, Louisiana Tech and Kentucky by a combined 132-53. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen (the AP coach of the year in the SEC last season) has the best career winning percentage in school history (.612). The Bulldogs were #1 in the nation for five straight weeks last year before they fell off a bit, finishing 10-3. This season, Mississippi State were picked to finish either sixth or seventh in the SEC West, and their last three games after this (Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss) are a true gauntlet.

Mississippi State vs Missouri Game Preview and NCAAF Lines

Date/Time: Thursday, November 5th, 9:00 PM
Location: Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field, Columbia, Missouri
TV: ESPN2
Radio: KTKS 95.1
Live Streaming: SEC Network
Odds: Mississippi State -7½

Is Mississippi Strong Enough to Hold the Tigers at Home?

For the Bulldogs, senior quarterback Dak Prescott is having an even better this year than he did last year, when he made first team All-SEC. He has thrown for 2,048 yards, completed 66 percent of his passes, and thrown for 14 scores against just one interception. He also leads the team in rushing, with 371 yards and seven scores on 72 attempts.

Missouri enters the game without quarterback Maty Mauk, who has been suspended for the rest of the season. Mauk had just come back to the team from a four-game suspension, and had been permitted to join in team activities during the bye week. He joined Tuesday’s practice and shared reps with Drew Lock, the freshman quarterback who started during Mauk’s hiatus. On Wednesday, Mauk talked to his teammates, apologizing and promising to be the leader that he has been expected to be. It only took four more days for Mauk to earn a suspension for the rest of the year.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

That same Wednesday night after his apology, Mauk got into a verbal argument with another man outside The Field House, a bar in downtown Columbia. Once the university found out about the altercation, they suspended Mauk for the rest of the season. Mauk has a 17-5 record as Missouri’s starter since 2013, but the weekly media notes this week do not list him on the roster. Coach Pinkel had met with Mauk each week during his initial suspension but is not sure whether he will continue to do that now.

He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “There is no question quarterbacks are held to a whole different standard than everybody else on the team. That’s the responsibility. You’re going to touch the ball 75 times a game. We’re going to hand you the keys to the car. That responsibility is huge.” Now that Missouri (4-4, 1-4 SEC) will host #24 Mississippi State (6-2, 2-2), though, things look grim with the backup quarterback once more in the starting role.

Mizzou Tigers

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Mississippi State Bulldogs

Missouri is 2-0 all-time against the Bulldogs, but this is remarkably the first time they have ever met in SEC action. The Tigers last played the Bulldogs in 1984, beating them 47-30 at home. In 1981, they also beat Mississippi State away, 14-3.