The Matchup: Auburn at Mississippi State
When: Saturday, September 8th
Where: Starkville, Mississippi
Game Time: 12:00 AM ET
There is an old saying to be the man you need to beat the man. Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has said before his team is close and they can compete in this conference for championships. Actions speak louder than words and Mullen is 3-12 verses the SEC West.
All of that can change this weekend as the Bulldogs (1-0) host the Auburn Tigers (0-1) this Saturday.
Auburn and Mississippi State are no strangers on the playing field as the two have met 77 times on the gridiron with the Tigers holding a 44-28-5 advantage over the Bulldogs. The Tigers are 10-1 in their last 11 contests verses the Bulldogs but the last two have stung the Bulldogs and the Mississippi State faithful.
Mississippi State in both the 2010 and 2011 contests had opportunites on the final drive to win the ball game but fell just short. Last year it was by inches – literally.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik is still adjusting to life with two new coordinators in offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
Under Loeffler Chizik is determined to go from the spread back to a pro style offense and if week one was any indication verses Clemson, The transition will take some time with new quarterback Kiehl Frazier.
In week one Mississippi State was very vanilla on both sides of the ball but expect to see a different team this week when they meet the Tigers.
Mississippi State will force Auburn to throw the football and rely on its wealth of experience in the secondary, led by All American Jonathan Banks to control Frazier and the Auburn passing game.
Likewise on the offensive side of the ball, expect Tyler Russell to use a controlled passing game early to set up the running game. This sets up to be another great donnybrook and a close game, but this year Dan Mullen will finally get the best of his western division counterpart.
My prediction? Mississippi State 28 Auburn 17
About the Author
Written by Jake Wimberly
Mississippi State alum, co-founder of makeitrainsports, co-host to makeitrainsports radio on Rebel sports radio and Bulldog sports radio all on the Vsporto Network. Lover of SEC Sports, fitness and married to my best friend. Enjoy ketchup in large amounts and in search for a flying unicorn.