SEC Preview: Western Michigan at Mississippi State

Mississippi State-Western Michigan Preview

Western Michigan faces Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Western Michigan

Date Opponent Score
31-Aug vs. Saint Francis U W 35 – 17
9-Sep at Syracuse L 7 – 48
16-Sep at 25 Iowa L 10 – 41
23-Sep at Toledo L 31 – 49
30-Sep vs. Ball State W 42 – 24
7-Oct at Mississippi State
14-Oct vs. Miami (OH)
21-Oct at Ohio
28-Oct at Eastern Michigan
7-Nov vs. Central Michigan
14-Nov at Northern Illinois
21-Nov vs. Bowling Green

Mississippi State

Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Southeastern Louisiana W 48 – 7
9-Sep vs. Arizona W 31 – 24
16-Sep vs. LSU L 14 – 41
23-Sep at South Carolina L 30 – 37
30-Sep vs. Alabama L 17 – 40
7-Oct vs. Western Michigan
21-Oct at Arkansas
28-Oct at Auburn
4-Nov vs. Kentucky
11-Nov at Texas A&M
18-Nov vs. Southern Miss
23-Nov vs. Ole Miss

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Western Michigan Mississippi State
ESPN FPI 115 45
Sagarin 11 19
Massey Composite 113 70
PiRate Ratings 108 38

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
3
31
1
2
0.266
0.348
4th Down Conversion Pct Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
40
122
5
14
0.588
0.353
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
6
51
2
6
0.348
0.500
Blocked Kicks
Blocked Kicks Allowed Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
25
112
3
11
1
4
Blocked Punts
Blocked Punts Allowed Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
1
125
1
10
0
3
Completion Percentage Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
48
119
3
14
0.614
0.511
Defensive TDs
Fewest Penalties Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
64
82
3
8
77
83
Fewest Penalties Per Game Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
60
76
3
9
5.92
6.38
Fewest Penalty Yards Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
62
82
3
9
678
748
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
59
79
3
10
52.15
57.54
First Downs Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
9
58
1
5
212
255
First Downs Offense Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
31
78
4
12
296
255
Fumbles Lost Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
1
81
1
7
3
10
Fumbles Recovered Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
22
81
3
10
11
7
Kickoff Return Defense Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
30
103
5
11
19.07
22.39
Kickoff Returns Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
59
126
10
11
20.76
15.76
Net Punting Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
72
127
11
11
37.21
32.58
Passes Had Intercepted Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
43
53
4
11
9
10
Passes Intercepted Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
33
79
5
8
13
9
Passing Offense Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
62
111
3
13
237.4
173.8
Passing Yards Allowed Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
7
59
1
8
168.0
220.8
Passing Yards per Completion Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
22
49
3
5
13.69
12.70
Punt Return Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
53
58
6
6
7.43
7.85
Punt Returns Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
2
105
1
12
21.44
5.52
Red Zone Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
8
117
2
12
0.735
0.909
Red Zone Offense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
29
83
5
7
0.881
0.818
Rushing Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
2
68
1
5
95.1
165.8
Rushing Offense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
20
38
2
3
223.6
199.5
Sacks Allowed Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
27
49
2
9
1.54
1.92
Scoring Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
2
106
1
10
13.2
34.5
Scoring Offense Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
38
67
4
10
32.0
28.5
Tackles for Loss Allowed Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
17
32
5
4
4.69
5.15
Team Passing Efficiency Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
56
91
4
13
138.95
126.12
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
2
122
1
12
101.47
160.70
Team Sacks Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
10
47
1
5
3.00
2.38
Team Tackles for Loss Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
8
30
1
2
7.9
6.9
Time of Possession Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
6
38
1
5
33:36
31:01
Total Defense Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
1
57
1
6
263.1
386.6
Total Offense Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
35
70
3
10
436.8
397.4
Turnover Margin Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
26
63
5
6
0.54
0.08
Turnovers Gained Western Mich.
Mississippi St.
56
56
7
6
20
20
Turnovers Lost Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
9
62
1
4
13
19
Winning Percentage Mississippi St.
Western Mich.
39
57
7
4
0.615
0.538

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Western Michigan

QB Treyson Bourguet, RB Jalen Buckley, WR Anthony Sambucci, LT Michael Shanahan, DE Marshawn Kneeland, LB Boone Bonnema, CB Keni-H Lovely, K Palmer Domschke, P Cameron Peasley.

Mississippi State

QB Will Rogers, RB Jo’Quavious Marks, WR Justin Robinson, OL Cole Smith, DE Jaden Crumedy, LB Jett Johnson, LB Nathaniel Watson, DB Esaias Furdge, K Nick Barr-Mira.

INJURIES

Western Michigan


Player POS Status
No injuries to report.

Mississippi State


Player POS Status
K. Dinkins DL Out indefinitely – Undisclosed
T. Williams DL out for season – Undisclosed
J. Robinson WR Prob Sat – Undisclosed
J. Albert S out for season – Knee
G. Spivey TE out for season – Eligibility
S. Traore TE Out indefinitely – Eligibility

Source: Covers.com

Western Michigan vs. Mississippi State Football Series History

First meeting

COMMENTS

Mississippi State should win this one but they’d better not overlook Western Michigan. However, I don’t see WMU coming into cow bell heaven and winning.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Western Mich 17, Mississippi St 30

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Mississippi State 38, Western Michigan 17

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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