Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction, 12/28/2021 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Red Raiders (+8.5)
The Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-5) are headed to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Tuesday where they will compete against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-6) in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Mississippi State is 8.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 60.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs head into this matchup 7-5 for this season. In their last game, the Bulldogs played the Ole Miss Rebels and ended up losing by a score of 31-21. Jo'quavious Marks was the rushing leader for the Bulldogs with 8 carries for 45 yards (5.6 yards per carry). Will Rogers went 38/58 with 336 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 119.9 and finished the contest with no interceptions. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Bulldogs gave up 154 yards on 44 attempts, which is an average of 3.5 yards per rush allowed. Mississippi State gave up 26 completions on 34 attempts for a total of 234 yards, and a completion rate of 76.5%. In all, they ran 80 plays which gave them 420 yds. The Mississippi State Bulldogs ran the ball a total of 21 different times and had 84 yards, earning them an average of 4.0 yds per attempt.
The Bulldogs have attained 5,395 total yards for the year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Mississippi State has amassed 36 touchdowns through the air and 10 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 16 different times. Mississippi State has tallied 312 first downs as a unit, and they have been flagged for 94 infractions for 709 yds. As a unit they are averaging 63.9 yards in the run game which has them sitting 130th in Division 1. In terms of scoring, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 30.9 points per outing.
The Bulldogs rank 58th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, conceding 25.3 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.4 yards per rushing attempt and 101.2 yards on the ground per game on the season. During this campaign, they have allowed 1,214 running yards through 12 outings. When it comes to yards through the air, the Bulldogs are giving up 2,761 yards which has them ranked 64th in college football. They have surrendered 230.1 yards per contest through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 64.6%. Over the course of this year, they are conceding 331.3 yards/contest which puts them 22nd in the country. They have granted 19 touchdowns by air in addition to 13 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Red Raiders head into this matchup 6-6 this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Red Raiders went home defeated by a final of 27-24 when they played the Baylor Bears. Tahj Brooks ran the ball 14 times for 40 yards, finishing the contest with 2.9 yds per carry for Texas Tech. Donovan Smith (2 touchdowns) finished the contest with 262 yds on 15/23 through the air while his quarterback rating was 189.6. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 11.4. Texas Tech relinquished 50 rush attempts for 180 yards (3.6 yards per rush). The Red Raiders secondary conceded a completion percentage of 58.8%, surrendering 254 yds on 20 for 34 passing. The Red Raiders finished with a total of 386 yds while running 52 plays (7.4 yds per play). Texas Tech rushed for 4.4 yards per carry, totaling 124 yds on 28 attempts.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders maintain an average of 408.5 yards/contest, which has them sitting 61st in college football. The Texas Tech offense has accrued 530 penalty yards on 62 violations, which ranks 105th in college football in terms of hurting your team. During this campaign thus far, the Red Raiders currently sit at 3,092 yards via the pass in addition to holding an average of 257.7 passing yards per outing, which is ranked 43rd in Division 1. In relation to this team's ability to score points, the Red Raiders rank 53rd in the country averaging 30.0 points per game.
Texas Tech has surrendered a total of 1,742 yards on the ground (145.2 yards per contest) as well as 18 touchdowns on the ground on the year. They have surrendered 28 touchdowns through the air as well as 265.6 yards per game, which has them in 118th in the nation. The Red Raiders defense has participated in 827 plays, which has them ranked 69th in the country. The Red Raiders are relinquishing 32.1 PPG, which has them sitting 104th in Division 1. This season, they have conceded 385 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Bulldogs/Red Raiders college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Red Raiders +8.5
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