Friday, October 14, 2016
LaVell Edwards Stadium
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Brigham Young Cougars on Friday, October 14, 2016 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. The opening line for this game has BYU as 4 point favorites. This season the Bulldogs are 2-3-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-4-0. The Cougars have an over/under record of 2-4-0 and they are 5-1-0 against the spread.
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Nick Fitzgerald finished with 181 yards through the air for Mississippi State last week. He completed 17 passes out of 34 attempts for a 50% completion percentage. The Bulldogs were led in rushing by Nick Fitzgerald, who finished with 61 yards on 17 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Keith Mixon was the team leader in receiving with a total of 55 yards and 2 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 28 yards per reception. As a team in that game Mississippi State got a total of 16 first downs. Of those first downs, 7 came on the ground while 9 came through the air. They ran 68 total plays for 289 yards for the game. The Bulldogs ran for 103 yards on 33 attempts.
Taysom Hill finished with 138 yards passing for BYU last week. He went 18 for 27, resulting in a 67% completion percentage. The Cougars were led on the ground by Jamaal Williams, who finished with 163 yards on 30 carries. He ended the game with an average of 5 yards per rush. Jonah Trinnaman led the team in receiving with 55 yards and 6 catches. He finished the game with an average of 9 yards per reception. BYU had 24 first downs total. 15 came from running the ball and 7 came from a pass. They ran 78 total plays for 398 yards for the contest. The Cougars ran for 260 yards on 49 carries as a team.
Mississippi State scores 25.6 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 92nd in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 20 passes on 33.2 attempts for a 60.2 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 207.4 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 90th in college football. The Bulldogs run for an average of 197.4 yards per game on 38.2 attempts for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 47th in the nation. They also run 71.4 plays per contest and average 5.7 yards per play for an average of 404.8 yards per game, ranking their offense 74th overall this season. The Bulldogs average 21.4 first downs per game which ranks them 64th in the country. They accumulate 61.2 penalty yards per game via 6.4 penalties, which ranks 44th in the nation.
Mississippi State allows 237.2 passing yards per game, ranking 80th in D-1, and they allow 26.2 points per contest on defense, which ranks 59th. They give up 20.2 completions on 32.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 61.6. The Bulldogs allow 134.2 rushing yards per game on 36.6 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 39th in the country. Mississippi State allows 371.4 total yards per game including 5.4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 47th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.6 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 6.6 penalties for 51.6 yards per game, ranking them 52nd among D-1 teams.
BYU averages 28.2 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 70th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 20.2 passes per game on 34 attempts for a 59.3 percent completion percentage. They throw for 210.7 yards through the air per game, ranking them 88th in Division 1. The Cougars run for an average of 209.5 yards per game on 38.8 attempts for an average of 5.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 37th on the ground. They also run 72.8 plays per game and average 5.8 yards per play for a total of 420.2 yards per game, ranking them 63rd in the country on offense. The Cougars get an average of 23 first downs per game, which ranks 44th in the nation. They average 58.2 penalty yards per game via 6.3 penalties, ranking them 54th in college football.
BYU allows an average of 278.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 109th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 25.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 58th in the nation. They give up 22.3 completions on 32 attempts for a completion percentage of 69.8 per game. The Cougars allow 125.8 rushing yards per contest on 35 carries for a 3.6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 29th in the country. BYU allows 404.5 total yards per game for an average of 6 yards per play, which ranks 69th in D-1. They force 2.3 turnovers per contest and 5.7 penalties for 52 yards in each contest, ranking 53rd in the nation.
Mississippi State Betting Trends
Mississippi State is 1-4-0 against the over/under this season
Mississippi State has an ATS record of 2-3-0 this season
BYU Betting Trends
BYU is 2-4-0 against the over/under this season
BYU has an ATS record of 5-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/10/16 DL Will Coleman Back "?" Friday vs. BYU
08/25/16 DB Tolando Cleveland ACL out for season
10/09/16 LB Butch Pau'u Knee "?" Friday vs. Mississippi St
10/09/16 CB Troy Warner Hamstring "?" Friday vs. Mississippi St
10/08/16 PK Jake Oldroyd Back out indefinitely
10/05/16 OL Ului Lapuaho Undisclosed out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Mississippi State
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