SEC Football Preview: Ole Miss at Mississippi State

Mississippi State-Ole Miss preview

Ole Miss visits rival Mississippi State on Thursday in Starkville. previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Team Schedules/Results

Ole Miss

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/06 Louisville W 43-24 Neutral
09/11 Austin Peay W 54-17 Home
09/18 Tulane W 61-21 Home
10/02 Alabama L 21-42 Away
10/09 Arkansas W 52-51 Home
10/16 Tennessee W 31-26 Away
10/23 LSU W 31-17 Home
10/30 Auburn L 20-31 Away
11/06 Liberty W 27-14 Home
11/13 Texas A&M W 29-19 Home
11/20 Vanderbilt W 31-17 Home
11/25 Miss State 7:30 PM Away

Mississippi State

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 LA Tech W 35-34 Home
09/11 NC State W 24-10 Home
09/18 Memphis L 29-31 Away
09/25 LSU L 25-28 Home
10/02 Texas A&M W 26-22 Away
10/16 Alabama L 9-49 Home
10/23 Vanderbilt W 45-6 Away
10/30 Kentucky W 31-17 Home
11/06 Arkansas L 28-31 Away
11/13 Auburn W 43-34 Away
11/20 TN State W 55-10 Home
11/25 Mississippi 7:30 PM Home

College Football Ratings

Rating Ole Miss Mississippi State
ESPN FPI 18 22
Sagarin 13 25
Massey Composite 11 32
PiRate Ratings 16 20

Key Stats

Stat Ole Miss Mississippi State
Points 36.4 31.8
Points Allowed 25.4 24.7
Total YDS 522.2 437.7
Pass YDS 249.7 237.3
Rush YDS 239.8 57.6
Total YDS Allowed 427.2 338.2
Pass YDS Allowed 237.3 235.7
Rush YDS Allowed 189.9 102.5
3rd Down Conv.% 38.5 47.0
3rd Down Conv. DEF % 38.2 39.1
Turnover margin 1.20 0.10

Players to Watch

Ole Miss

QB Matt Corral, WR Dontario Drummond, WR Braylon Sanders, C Ben Brown, OL Nick Broeker, RS Jerrion Ealy, S AJ Finley, DE/LB Sam Williams, LB Lakia Henry, CB Keidron Smith, P Mac Brown.

Mississippi State

QB Will Rogers, WR Jaden Walley, RB Jo’quavious Marks, WR Austin Williams, OT Charles Cross, LB Aaron Brule, Jr., LB Tyrus Wheat, DB Jalen Green, DB Martin Emerson, CB Emmanuel Forbes.


Ole Miss

[OL] 10/26/2021 – Ben Brown is out for season (Biceps)
[OL] 10/07/2021 – Caleb Warren is out indefinitely (Ankle)
[TE] 11/20/2021 – Chase Rogers is “?” Thursday vs Mississippi State (Undisclosed)
[WR] 11/20/2021 – Dontario Drummond is “?” Thursday vs Mississippi State (Undisclosed)
[WR] 08/25/2021 – Bralon Brown is out indefinitely (Undisclosed)

Mississippi State

[QB] 10/20/2021 – Jack Abraham is out indefinitely (Concussion)
[WR] 10/23/2021 – Trip Wilson is out indefinitely (Legal problems)


Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Football Series History

Ole Miss leads 63-48-6


This is always a fun game to watch on Thanksgiving Day. This one looks about even with the game being played in Starkville. Both teams have solid offenses. State has a little more rugged defense. The Bulldogs also seem to have surged some later in the season while Ole Miss seems to have regressed. I think all this coupled with the cowbells in Starkville will swing this one to a Mississippi State narrow victory.

Our Preseason Prediction

Ole Miss 63, Mississippi State 56

Game Week Prediction

Mississippi State 31, Ole Miss 30

Thursday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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