(6) Texas A&M at (12) Mississippi State
A&M– I don’t think any of us knew what to expect from Texas A&M this season. They lost three very key guys to the NFL and that was Johnny Football, Jake Matthews on that offensive line and wide receiver Mike Evans. Out goes Manziel, in comes Kenny Hill who has been taken over and had a great season so far. I really like his game. He’s a pocket quarterback that can beat you without having to always rely on mobility and he has a great arm. After his first game against South Carolina, I felt this team would be just fine. He’s thrown 17 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions. They are still one of the best offenses in the country and they can play defense as well. For just the second time since moving to the SEC, they will play Mississippi State.
Mississippi State– They are one of six teams in the SEC West ranked in the top fifteen. Before their bye week, Mississippi State went to Baton Rouge and upset a LSU team that usually plays well at home under Les Miles. Dak Prescott is another quarterback to watch for. He’s just as impressive running the football in the open field as he is throwing the ball. Dak has run for 378 yards altogether this year, the most for a quarterback in the SEC and he ranks fifth in the country among quarterbacks running the ball. Mississippi State can score with the best of them and this is one of the biggest games in the history of the campus.
Prediction: Points will be scored in this one. Texas A&M has to contain Prescott and make him a pocket passer. Take away his running lanes and pressure him. Sitting back in a zone coverage will hurt you especially if you don’t apply pressure to the quarterback. Mississippi State must get to Hill because if they don’t, it will be a very long day. I like A&M to get a big win on the road. A&M 48 Mississippi State 38