NCAA Football Week 2 Auburn Vs. Miss St. Odds and Predictions
CFB Betting – SEC West rivals Auburn and Mississippi State collide on ESPN
The Auburn Tigers and Mississippi State Bulldogs will each look to snag their first conference CFB betting win when they hook up under the ESPN lights from Davis Wade Stadium at 7:30 ET Thursday night. Auburn has dominated the recent series winning eight of the L/9 meetings.
NCAAF Betting Online: Both the Tigers and Bulldogs enter this game off very impressive showings the first week of the college football betting season.
Auburn put a whopping 608 yards of combined offense on the board against an overmatched Arkansas State Red Wolves defense to secure the 52-26 SU victory; unfortunately for Auburn backers, the 26-point win fell short of covering the closing 31.5-point CFB odds – the 78 combined points shattered the 52.5-point closing ‘total’.
QB Cam Newton made a heck of a debut as QB of the Tigers offensive attack. He proved to be a dual threat throwing three TDs on 9-of-14 passing for 186 yards, while making Arkansas State defenders look foolish rushing for a game high 171 yards and a pair of scores.
He dazzled the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd when he scampered 71-yards up the gut to pay dirt on a QB keeper.
The performance impressed both Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts.
“I don’t know if I have seen an individual performance better than Cam Newton’s. He is the best player I have ever seen live,” Roberts said. “He made a huge difference in the ball game tonight – he is hard to bring down.”
Most impressive was the Tigers ability to gouge the Red Wolves with their ground attack. RBs Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb combined to tote the rock 23 times for 171 yards and a score. WR Quindarius Carr hauled in a pair of receptions for 87 yards and a TD, while RB Mario Fannin pulled in four balls for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
While the rush defense dominated holding Arkansas State to just 35 overall yards on 43 carries (1.2 YPC), the passing defense left much to be desired allowing 323 yards with an average of 6.6 yards allowed per pass. No turnovers were forced by either team.
As impressive as the Tigers were on Saturday night, coach Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs were even better, as MSU dominated the Memphis Tigers on both sides of the ball to secure the impressive 49-7 home win and cover.
The 42-point victory almost doubled the closing pointspread (-21.5), and the combined 49 points barely surpassed the 47-point closing ‘total’. The offense tallied its highest point total in eight years, and came just 27 yards shy of breaking the school record for most yards in a game with 569 overall.
Starting QB Chris Relf played well completing seven of his nine passes with a TD/INT ratio of 1/1, but freshman QB Tyler Russell stole the show completing 13 of his 16 passes for 256 yards and four TDs. His performance now has him installed in the Bulldogs record books as one of only seven Bulldog field generals to have thrown four TDs in a single game.
RB Vick Ballard also had a heck of a night as two of his seven rushing attempts went for TDs.
The defense proved stingy as well locking Memphis down to the tune of 237 overall yards with only 41 of them coming on the ground. Overall, the unit surrendered just nine 1st downs and limited the Tigers to a 2-of-15 showing on 3rd down (13%).
Auburn smashed Mississippi State at home 49-24 as 14.5-point favorites in last year’s meeting; the victory was their 8th in nine tries in the recent series. It’s now been 10 years since the Bulldogs won their SEC opener.
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