College Football Week 9 Picks: Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Saturday, 10/25/14, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Mississippi State -14
Current Betting Line:  Mississippi State -13.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 7-0 ATS in their last seven SEC affairs
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 7-0 ATS in their last seven SEC affairs

Mississippi State returns to action after an open date, as it was last seen picking up a 38-23 victory over the Auburn Tigers as two-point home underdogs on Oct. 11, while winning the statistical battle for the fourth consecutive contest.  The Bulldogs own a 21-20 all-time advantage in this Southeastern Conference series, which is important to consider when making your Week 9 college football betting picks, as they’ve captured the last five meetings.  Quarterback Dak Prescott is a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender, as he ranks third nationally in points responsible for with 23.0 per game.  Mississippi Sate is 18-1 SU and 13-6 ATS as favorites the last two-plus seasons.

The Bulldogs rank second nationally in redzone defense, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page, especially with Benardrick McKinney leading the stop unit with 41 tackles.  On the other side of the ball, Prescott is leading an offense that paces the SEC and sits behind just nine in the country in averaging 529.7 yards per game.  It’s also important to point out that the squad has forced 30 turnovers in its last 11 games dating back to the 2013 campaign.

Kentucky suffered a disappointing 41-3 defeat to the LSU Tigers as 11.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, as it lost the statistical battle by 209 yards, including 235 on the ground.  The Wildcats have compiled a 3-11 SU all-time record when playing the top-ranked team in the country, with none of those games coming against this weekend’s opponent.  Kentucky is 0-12 SU and 2-10 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-5 in that situation.

The Wildcats have been getting after opponents on the defensive end, as they’ve totaled 12 interceptions in their first seven games, which has played a part in ranking 11th nationally in turnover margin.  A total of 74 percent of Kentucky’s rushing yards offensively have come from student-athletes who did not play for the program a season ago.

College football handicappers will likely back the Bulldogs due to their 7-0 ATS run in conference play.

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