Last year Mississippi State had the same record as Oklahoma State while playing in the tougher conference. Oklahoma State lost their top running back, top wide receiver and 3 offensive linemen. Mississippi State returns a fifth year senior quarterback Tyler Russell, a 1,000 yard rusher, their entire offensive line, and a good defensive line. Mississippi State’s quarterback, Tyler Russell, passed for 24 touchdowns and nearly 3,000 yards last year. Oklahoma State was #112 in pass defense last year. Russell should have a big game against the Oklahoma State defense. One matchup that should be a struggle for MSU is their DBs against the OSU receivers. Oklahoma State was a top 10 passing team last year and Mississippi State lost their two top corners from last year. However, Oklahoma State is going to use two quarterbacks in this game which may be a little problem.
Let’s compare some of MSU’s and OSU’s stats from last year.
The stats are pretty even. Oklahoma State was better offensively and Mississippi State was better defensively. It will be interesting to see which is stronger.
Last year Oklahoma State’s strong point was offense and Mississippi State’s strong point was defense. Oklahoma State has a new offensive coordinator and Mississippi State has a new defensive coordinator. This game may come down to which new assistant coach has his team ready to play. Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator is Geoff Collins who is the former defensive coordinator at FIU. Collins was a Broyles Finalist for the nation’s top assistant coach while at FIU. Look at how much FIU’s team rating for defense improved under Geoff Collins.
The bold is FIU’s defensive rating under Collins.
This game will be a much better game than many people expect. I think that Mississippi State will cover the spread of 12 1/2 points. I think this game comes down to a one possession game and either team may pull off the win.
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Edited by Mizzou_Fan, 25 August 2013 - 08:05 PM.