Week 5 CFB Pick: Mississippi State vs. Auburn

Two SEC teams will get together on Saturday in a battle of one loss teams. The Mississippi State Bulldogs will take on the Auburn Tigers. The Bulldogs come into the game ranked 24th in the country, but coming off a massive blowout loss in Week 4 from the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Auburn Tigers are ranked 13th in the nation. The Tigers get a chance to play a ranked team at Jordan-Hare Stadium; a place they have played well at in recent years. The Tigers are 3-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming on the road at Clemson. The Auburn Tigers are -10 in this game over Mississippi State.

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Tigers Rolling

The Auburn Tigers certainly are known for their ability to defend. Even in the loss to Clemson, the defense was really solid. On the season, the Tigers are allowing 11.3 points per game, which ranks 7th in the nation. The Tigers on the offensive side want to run the football. They are grabbing nearly 200 yards per game.

Jarrett Stidham has been the quarterback for the Tigers this season. He has thrown for 846 yards and 3 touchdowns thus far. The lead running back, despite huge numbers has been Kam Martin. Martin leads the team with 23 carries, 210 yards and a touchdown on the season.

Bulldogs Looking for Bounce Back

Mississippi State is coming off a terrible performance, in which they were never competitive against the Georgia Bulldogs. This is the third straight game for Mississippi State against a ranked for. In Week 3, the Bulldogs blasted the LSU Tigers 37-7. The other two wins came over Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech.

The top offensive threat for the Bulldogs has been running back Aeris Williams. He leads a running back drew that is 14th in the nation with 267 yards per game. The Bulldogs passing game sees Nick Fitzgerald behind center. His QBR is 73.1 coming into this game, with 626 yards.

Auburn Wins

It was a nice run for the Bulldogs of Mississippi State, but after two straight beat-downs, they are going to fall from the rankings. If this game was not at Auburn, it may be a different story – but it’s not. At home, the Tigers are going to run all over the Bulldogs in this game. Look for Auburn to possibly pick up 300 rushing yards.

The Auburn Tigers are going to cruise through a few games, which could set up a massive game against the Alabama Crimson Tide later in the season. Auburn wins this game, and covers the spread. The final bet for this game is the Auburn Tigers -10 over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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