Saturday, November 2nd at 11:30 CST on the SEC Network.
Mississippi State makes its first trip to Williams-Bryce Stadium since 2007. The Bulldogs will try to notch that elusive win over a ranked team and beat the Gamecocks for the first time since 1999 (0-6 since 2000).
Conner Shaw did not start last week vs. Missouri due to injury but was able to come in for the 2nd half to lead USC back from a 17-0 4th quarter deficit to win in 2OT, 27-24. This week he has been limited due to a virus, but we should see him in this game…he is one of the toughest competitors in the SEC. Jadeveon Clowney still has some nagging injuries, but there’s not doubt he will be a major factor in this game.
Stats (ranking in SEC)
MSU rush offense: 204 YPG (7th) vs. USC rush defense: 144 YPG (6th)
MSU pass offense: 250 YPG (9th) vs. USC pass defense: 205 YPG (4th)
MSU total offense: 456 YPG (9th) vs. USC total defense: 350 YPG (3rd)
MSU scoring offense: 30.1 PPG (10th) vs. USC scoring defense: 22.9 (7th)
USC rush offense: 205 YPG (6th) vs. MSU rush defense: 146 YPG (7th)
USC pass offense: 269 YPG (6th) vs. MSU pass defense: 212 YPG (5th)
USC total offense: 475 YPG (5th) vs. MSU total defense: 358 YPG (5th)
USC scoring offense: 31.9 PPG (9th) vs. MSU scoring defense: 22.9 (6th)
Looking at those stats and the matchups in this game, it’s hard to justify the 12 point spread other than South Carolina plays big in big games and MSU doesn’t. This is the hump the Bulldogs must get over. We have the players, we should be ready for this – what will happen?