It's the battle of the Bulldogs in the SEC as Mississippi State travels to #13 Georgia. The way the season started for Mike Leach and Mississippi State, this matchup against Georgia looked like a real battle for the title of the best teams in the SEC West and SEC East. Mississippi State opened up the season by putting up 44 points and beating the then #6 ranked defending National Champion LSU Tigers. It looked like Leach's Air Raid offense could translate into any conference in college football after stops in the BIG-12 and PAC-12 at Texas Tech and Washington State respectively.
As the season has gone on though, this offense has come down from the stratosphere and looks more like the No Raid offense. The team lost four in a row after that, getting shut out twice. Once to Alabama makes sense but to the Kentucky Wildcats? Really? Mississippi State lost that game 24-2 so at least the defense didn't get shut out. They finally won their second game last week but they barely beat Vanderbilt who hasn't won a game this season and put up 35 to those same Wildcats in their most recent game. Leach and Co. have to figure something out and fast as they take on a good Georgia squad.
The main culprit for this lost season for coach Leach in his first year in the SEC is turnovers. This all starts with quarterback K.J. Costello. He has six touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions. The later stat ranks 122nd in Division I. For reference there are 130 Division I teams. The team has a -7 turnover ratio and have lost all five of their fumbles. That's probably exactly why freshman Will Rogers took every snap in that win against Vandy. It wouldn't be too surprising to see Rogers to do the same in this one. To have any shot against Georgia who they are 25-point underdogs against, they can't even have one turnover. They're also only averaging 19.6 points per game. Certainly not enough to be competitive in this one. Taking better care of the football will help correct some of that.
What TV Channel is Mississippi State-Georgia on?
Mississippi State-Georgia will be shown on SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream NCAA Football Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Mississippi State-Georgia
When: Saturday, November 21
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NCAA Football free with fuboTV)
Georgia is coming off a little adversity of their own being beat handedly in their last game by Florida after giving up 44. The Gators have a high-flying offense of their own but they are better able to hold on to the ball. If Georgia can win the turnover battle and manage the game like quarterback Stetson Bennett is so good at doing they should have no problem winning.
Hold on though because, USC transfer JT Daniels has been announced as the starter. Daniels hasn't played since August 2019 after some injury trouble to start this season. Bennett is still dealing with a shoulder injury. Daniels was going to be the starter no doubt in 2019 but had a season-ending torn ACL injury. The Trojans were 5-7 in 2018 so Daniels has a lot to prove but is seemingly more than capable. This defense is also banged up in the secondary and they gave up more than 400 yards and four touchdowns against Florida and Alabama who have high-flying offenses of their own.
Mississippi State hasn't beaten Georgia outside of Mississippi since 1964. Georgia has an all-time record against Mississippi State of 18-6. They've played twice in the past decade, once in 2011 and the other in 2017, and combined Georgia has outscored them 55-13. For the maroon and white bulldogs to beat the red and black bulldogs, they will need consistent and dominant all out air attack. That seems unlikely with MSU's inconsistency at the position and the possibility of a freshman QB starting. Let the red and black bulldog's reign continue.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at Georgia Bulldogs Odds
Mississippi State Odds: +25
Georgia Odds: -25
Money Line: Mississippi State +1,200 - Georgia -2,400