Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Memphis Tigers Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Memphis Tigers
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Tigers (+4)
The Memphis Tigers (2-0) are welcoming the Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-0) at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Memphis opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The over/under is 65.5.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into this matchup with a record of 2-0 this year. In their last contest, the Bulldogs went up against the NC State Wolfpack and took home the win by a score of 24-10. Will Rogers went 33/49 with 294 yds through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 131.2 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. Dillon Johnson was the best rusher for the Bulldogs with 6 totes for 18 yards (3.0 yards per carry). The Mississippi State Bulldogs ended up running the ball 15 different times and accrued 22 yds, which is an average of 1.5 yds per attempt. At the end of the game, they tallied 64 plays for 316 yards. Mississippi State allowed 30 pass completions on 51 tries for 303 yds, and a completion percentage of 58.8%. In the running game, the Bulldogs gave up 34 yards on 25 attempts, which is an average of 1.4 yds per run allowed.
When it comes to scoring, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 29.5 points per outing. As a team they're averaging 32.5 yards via the ground game ranking them 126th in college football. The Bulldogs have earned 435 total yards for the season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Mississippi State has amassed 3 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns. Mississippi State has a total of 22 1st downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 12 infractions for 95 yards.
The Bulldogs rank 75th in the country when it comes to team defense, allowing 22.0 PPG. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.0 yards per rush on the ground and 50.5 yards on the ground per game this year. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 101 yards on the ground through 2 games. When talking about yards via the pass, the Bulldogs have given up 268 yds which has them sitting in 43rd in D-1. They have yielded 134.0 yards per outing through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 56.8%. For the season, they are allowing 184.5 yards per contest ranking them 30th in D-1.
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The Tigers head into this game 2-0 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Tigers got the victory with a final of 55-50 against the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Seth Henigan (5 touchdowns) ended the contest with 417 yards on 22/33 through the air while his quarterback rate was 222.8. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per attempt was 12.6. Brandon Thomas ran the ball 18 times for 191 yards, ending the contest with 10.6 yds per carry for Memphis. The Tigers finished the contest with 680 yards while running 70 plays (9.7 yds per play). Memphis rushed the ball for 7.1 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 263 yds on 37 attempts. Memphis conceded 32 run attempts for 98 yards (3.1 yards per carry). The Tigers passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 63.6%, relinquishing 582 yards on 42 for 66 passing.
Regarding their scoring prowess, the Tigers currently sit 6th in the country by tallying 48.5 PPG. For the season thus far, the Tigers have a total of 265 passing yards as well as an average of 132.5 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 108th in college football. The Memphis Tigers maintain an average of 294.5 yards/contest, which is good for 92nd in the country. The Memphis offense has compiled 55 yards of penalties on 6 infractions, which has them ranked 109th in Division 1 in terms of giving up free yards.
Memphis has surrendered a total of 102 yards rushing (51.0 yards per game) in addition to 1 touchdown on the ground for the campaign. They have allowed 1 touchdown through the air and 99.5 yards/game, which puts them in 29th in Division 1. The Tigers defense has been on the field for 61 plays, which is good for 18th in the nation. The Tigers are allowing 33.5 points per game, ranking them 123rd in the nation. Overall, they have conceded 67 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Tigers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bulldogs -4
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