SEC Football Preview: Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

Mississippi State Vanderbilt Preview

Mississippi State hosts Vanderbilt on Saturday in Starkville. previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Team Schedules/Results

Mississippi State

Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Mississippi State 44 LSU 34
Oct. 3 Arkansas 21 Mississippi State 14
Oct. 10 Mississippi State 2 Kentucky 24
Oct. 17 Texas A&M 28 Mississippi State 14
Oct. 31 Mississippi State 0 Alabama 41
Nov. 7 Vanderbilt Mississippi State
Nov. 14 Auburn Mississippi State
Nov. 21 Mississippi State Georgia
Nov. 28 Mississippi State Ole Miss
Dec. 5 Missouri Mississippi State


Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Vanderbilt 12 Texas A&M 17
Oct. 3 LSU 41 Vanderbilt 7
Oct. 10 South Carolina 41 Vanderbilt 7
Oct. 17 $ Vanderbilt Missouri
Oct. 31 Ole Miss 54 Vanderbilt 21
Nov. 7 Vanderbilt Mississippi State
Nov. 14 Vanderbilt Kentucky
Nov. 21 Florida Vanderbilt
Nov. 28 Tennessee Vanderbilt
Dec. 5 Vanderbilt Georgia
Dec. 12 Vanderbilt Missouri
$ Game postponed
& Game rescheduled

College Football Ratings

Rating Mississippi State Vanderbilt
ESPN FPI 67 114
Sagarin 77 135
Massey Composite 73 116
PiRate Ratings 50 101

Key Stats

Stat Mississippi State Vanderbilt
Points 14.8 11.8
Points Allowed 29.6 38.3
Total YDS 348.8 297.8
Pass YDS 318.6 188.8
Rush YDS 30.2 109.0
Total YDS Allowed 336.2 499.0
Pass YDS Allowed 212.0 292.8
Rush YDS Allowed 124.2 206.3
Turnover margin -2.4 -0.8
3rd Down Conv. 32.5 39.0
3rd Down Conv. DEF 34.8 44.4

Players to Watch

Mississippi State

QB KJ Costello, LB Erroll Thompson, RB Kylin Hill, WR Osirus Mitchell.


CB Jaylen Mahoney, WR Cam Johnson, RB Keyon Brooks, DL Dayo Odeyingbo, CB Allan George, LB Dimitri Moore.


Mississippi State

[S] 10/21/2020 – Fred Peters is out for season (Undisclosed)
[WR] 10/29/2020 – Tyrell Shavers has left team (Left Team)
[RB] 10/27/2020 – Kylin Hill is out for season (Personal)
[QB] 10/20/2020 – Garrett Shrader is out for season (Left Team)
[QB] 11/03/2020 – K.J. Costello injured last game, is “?” Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Head)
[RB] 11/02/2020 – Jo’quavious Marks is probable Saturday vs Vanderbilt (Head)


[OL] 09/04/2020 – Bryce Bailey is out for season (Personal)
[OL] 09/04/2020 – Cole Clemens is out for season (Personal)
[OL] 09/04/2020 – Jonathan Stewart is out for season (Personal)
[LB] 09/23/2020 – Elijah McAllister is out indefinitely (Undisclosed)
[LB] 09/23/2020 – Feleti Afemui is out for season (Personal)
[K] 10/01/2020 – Oren Milstein is out for season (Personal)
[DB] 11/01/2020 – Dashaun Jerkins is “?” Saturday vs Mississippi State (Undisclosed)
[CB] 11/01/2020 – BJ Anderson is “?” Saturday vs Mississippi State (Undisclosed)
[S] 11/01/2020 – Brendon Harris is “?” Saturday vs Mississippi State (Undisclosed)
[RB] 11/01/2020 – Keyon Brooks is “?” Saturday vs Mississippi State (Illness)
[RB] 11/04/2020 – Ja’Veon Marlow is downgraded to OUT Saturday vs Mississippi State (Suspension)
[S] 11/02/2020 – Donovan Kaufman is out indefinitely (Undisclosed)
[QB] 11/02/2020 – Danny Clark is out for season (Personal)
[QB] 11/02/2020 – Mike Wright is probable Saturday vs Mississippi State (Undisclosed)



Two struggling teams meet in Starkville and battle for the right to not be called the worst team in the league. Vanderbilt currently holds that unflattering title. If they can somehow knock off State that title will belong to the Bulldogs. Mississippi State should win though. They have a terrible offense and a decent defense. Vandy is terrible on both offense and defense. Although Vandy did show some improvement offensively against Ole Miss, they are still very poor. State should win by double-digits. Mississippi State’s very poor turnover margin, the worst in the SEC and three times worse than the second worst SEC turnover margin, gives Vandy some hope in this one.

Our Preseason Prediction

Mississippi State 27, Vanderbilt 17

Game Week Prediction

Mississippi State 27, Vanderbilt 10

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network.

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