SEC Football Preview: Mississippi State vs. Southern Miss

Mississippi State and Southern Miss logos

Mississippi State faces Southern Miss on Saturday in Starkville. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Mississippi State

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 La.-Lafayette W 38-28
09/07/19 Southern Miss.
09/14/19 Kansas St.
09/21/19 Kentucky
09/28/19 @ Auburn
10/12/19 @ Tennessee
10/19/19 LSU
10/26/19 @ Texas A&M
11/02/19 @ Arkansas
11/16/19 Alabama
11/23/19 Abilene Christian
11/28/19 Mississippi

Southern Miss

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Alcorn St. W 38-10
09/07/19 @ Mississippi St.
09/14/19 @ Troy
09/21/19 @ Alabama
09/28/19 UTEP
10/12/19 North Texas
10/19/19 @ Louisiana Tech
10/26/19 @ Rice
11/09/19 UAB
11/16/19 @ UTSA
11/23/19 Western Ky.
11/30/19 @ Fla. Atlantic

ESPN FPI

Mississippi State: 19

Southern Miss: 79

Key Stats

Stat Southern Miss Mississippi State
Rushing Offense 96.0 (99) 261.0 (24)
Passing Offense 293.0 (39) 236.0 (61)
Total Offense 389.0 (77) 497.0 (36)
Scoring Offense 38.0 (38 38.0 (38)
Rushing Defense 75.0 (33) 163.0 (87)
Passing Defense 144.0 (30) 267.0 (92)
Total Defense 219.0 (21) 430.0 (90)
Scoring Defense 10.0 (25) 28.0 (75)
Interceptions 1 (34 2 (9)
Sacks 5.0 (9) 1.0 (81)
Tackles for loss 8.0 (22 3.0 (99)
Turnover margin 0.0 (50) 3.0 (5)
3rd Down Conv. 0.538 (26) 0.444 (58)
3rd Down Conv. DEF 0.375 (66) 0.400 (73)

Players to Watch

Southern Miss

WR Quez Watkins, OL Arvin Fletcher, DL Jacques Turner, LB Racheem Boothe, DB Ky’el Hemby, DB Ty Williams, DB DQ Thomas, PR Quez Watkins.

Mississippi State

C Darryl Williams, RB Kylin Hill, DB Cameron Dantzler, LB Erroll Thompson, DL Chauncey Rivers.

Injuries

Mississippi State

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/02/19 OL Dareuan Parker Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Southern Miss
09/02/19 OL Evans Wilkerson Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Southern Miss
09/01/19 OL Darryl Williams Undisclosed injured last game – is “?” Saturday vs Southern Miss

Southern Miss

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/03/19 RB Trivenskey Mosley Knee is doubtful Saturday vs Mississippi State
07/08/19 WR Quez Watkins Academics is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

This a rivalry game. Southern Miss has been a thorn in Mississippi State’s (and Ole Miss) side for years, especially in the 1980s. It went back much further than that though. Southern Miss beat State 47-14 in Starkville in 1969, for instance. The Bulldogs seem to have taken control of the series, winning four in the a row and there’s no reason that streak should end anytime soon. State appears to have taken a step down this season but not far enough down that they could lose to USM.

Our Preseason Prediction

Mississippi State 28, Southern Miss 20

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Mississippi State 34, Southern Miss 21

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET). Watch on the ESPNU Network.

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