Auburn vs Mississippi State Preview and Free Pick [9/9/10]

Auburn Tigers (1-0) vs Mississippi State (1-0)
When: Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Where: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field, Starkville, Mississippi
Time: 6:45 CT
Opening Line: Auburn -2.5

Auburn Last 3 Games Mississippi State Last 3 Games
W 52-26 vs Arkansas State W 49-7 vs Memphis
W 38-35 vs Northwestern – 2009 W 41-27 vs Mississippi – 2009
L 26-21 vs Alabama – 2009 L 42-21 @ Arkansas

Recent Meetings
9/12/09 – Mississippi State 24, Auburn 49
9/13/08 – Auburn 3, Mississippi State 2
9/15/07 – Mississippi State 19, Auburn 14

After easy Week 1 tuneups, the Auburn Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs kickoff SEC play in Starkville, Mississippi. Both teams are coming off back-to-back losing Conference going 3-5 last year and 2-6 in 2008. Auburn is poised to make a run this year in the SEC with 2nd year Head Coach Gene Chizik.

Last week the Tigers breezed by Arkansas State 52-26 by compiling 608 yards of total offense. Auburn’s secondary did not look good, however as Arkansas State passed for 323 yards. The Bulldogs looked more impressive in their 49-7 win over Memphis out gaining the Tigers 569-237. Quarterbacks Tyler Russell and Chris Relf combined for 20-25 passing, 372 yards, and 5 touchdowns while 3 receivers gained over 90 yards.

Auburn has more talent than the Bulldogs, but winning on the road in the SEC is very tough. The Tigers are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 SEC games overall. However, Auburn has dominated the series lately by covering as the favorite in 6 of the last 8 meetings.

I’m expecting more offense then the 3-2 Auburn win in Starkville 2 years ago. Based on Auburn’s recent road struggles and how impressive the Bulldogs looked at home last week, I’m leaning on Mississippi State tonight.

Pick: Mississippi State +1.5

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