SEC Football Preview: Mississippi State vs. Tennessee

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Mississippi State visits Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Mississippi State

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 vs. La.-Lafayette W 38-28
09/07/19 Southern Miss. W 38-15
09/14/19 Kansas St. L 24-31
09/21/19 Kentucky W 28-13
09/28/19 @ Auburn L 23-56
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

Tennessee

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Georgia St. L 30-38
09/07/19 Brigham Young L 26-29
09/14/19 Chattanooga W 45-0
09/21/19 @ Florida L 3-34
10/05/19 Georgia L 14-43
10/12/19 Mississippi St.
10/19/19 @ Alabama
10/26/19 South Carolina
11/02/19 UAB
11/09/19 @ Kentucky
11/23/19 @ Missouri
11/30/19 Vanderbilt

ESPN FPI

Mississippi State: 27

Tennessee: 53

Key Stats

Stat Mississippi State Tennessee
Rushing Offense 206.2 (35) 137.6 (90)
Passing Offense 191.8 (108) 215.2 (86)
Total Offense 398.0 (75) 352.8 (106)
Scoring Offense 30.2 (65) 23.6 (98)
Rushing Defense 158.0 (70) 167.4 (85)
Total Defense 401.4 (77) 377.0 (57)
Scoring Defense 28.6 (81) 28.8 (83)
Interceptions 4 (66) 6 (16)
Sacks 1.80 (89) 1.60 (96)
Tackles for loss 4.8 (106) 3.8 (124)
Turnover margin 1.0 (11) -0.2 (77)

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Players to Watch

Mississippi State

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

Tennessee

WR/PR Marquez Callaway, LB Dylan Moses, DB Bryce Thompson, DB Nigel Warrior.

Injuries

Mississippi State

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/06/19 QB Tommy Stevens Leg is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U
10/06/19 WR Devonta Jason Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U
10/06/19 OL Kwatrivous Johnson Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U
10/06/19 DL Lee Autry Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U
10/06/19 LB Willie Gay Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs Tennessee U
09/26/19 QB Keytaon Thompson Upper Body is out indefinitely

Tennessee

Date Pos Player Injury Status
10/04/19 RB Jeremy Banks Dismissed is out for season
09/06/19 DB Terrell Bailey Personal has left team
09/05/19 WR Jordan Murphy Personal has left team
08/24/19 LB Daniel Bituli Knee is out indefinitely
08/13/19 DB Baylen Buchanan Back is out indefinitely
08/08/19 DL Emmit Gooden Knee is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

This is a battle of two teams with head coaches in their 2nd season with their programs. Mississippi State is down some as a program but not near as down as Tennessee. In Joe Moorhead the Bulldogs more seasoned, experienced head coach than Jeremy Pruitt of Tennessee. I expect State to mostly run the ball, eat up clock, and take the UT crowd out of the game. Unless State has a flury of turnovers and penalties they should win this game.

Our Preseason Prediction

Mississippi State 27, Tennessee 13

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Mississippi State 31, Tennessee 20

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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