This one’s gonna be tough. It’s senior day at Kyle Field and the Bulldogs are 19 point underdogs. But stranger things have happened as the saying goes…
Gametime: 2:30 on CBS (history of MSU on the big network) – Tim Brando will be on the call, not Verne. Should be in the mid-70s, looks like a nice day for some pigskin.
You already know enough about Johnny Football to make you sick, but LOOKOUT for Mike Evans! The man is tearing up the SEC with 127 receiving yards per game and already has 12 receiving touchdowns.
It has been announced that Dak Prescott will travel with the team, and he will play despite the loss of him mother and funeral earlier in the week. We do not know for sure if he will start or not, however, against a defense like this I don’t think Tyler Russell’s lack of mobility puts us at any type of disadvantage. State’s O-line should be able to perform pretty well, opening up the run game for Tyler to throw. No matter who plays QB, they’ll have to score a bunch in this game because A&M is a juggernaut offensively….they’ve scored, and scored big, on everyone.
MSU rushing offense: 198 YPG (32nd) vs. A&M rushing defense: 201 YPG (98th)
MSU passing offense: 249 YPG (55th) vs. A&M passing defense: 242 YPG (76th)
MSU scoring offense: 28.4 PPG (70th) vs. A&M scoring defense: 29.8 PPG (80th)
MSU total offense: 447 YPG (41st) vs. A&M total defense: 443 YPG (97th)
A&M rushing offense: 211 YPG (24th) vs. MSU rushing defense: 148 YPG (43rd)
A&M passing offense: 372 YPG (6th) vs. MSU passing defense: 204 YPG (21st)
A&M scoring offense: 49 PPG (4th) vs. MSU scoring defense: 24.2 PPG (48th)
A&M total offense: 582 YPG (3rd) vs. MSU total defense: 352 YPG (24th)
I think State has to get some turnovers. The Aggies have 15 total this year, which is about 1.5 per game. We need to get 3 or 4 and flip the field quickly. If we can get some, capitalizing on them is paramount – the Dawgs have yet to turn a turnover into points in 4 SEC games so far…and the defense hasn’t forced a turnover in the last two games. Also MSU doesn’t just need to keep the game close in the first half, we need to take a lead, and probably a double-digit lead into halftime. The second half troubles are well documented. I won’t be surprised to see something like a 42-28 defeat, but we shall see what will happen. Hopefully we pull off a good showing at least.