For SEC combatants, Mississippi State Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers, the college football betting preseason is over and the now the real work begins. Both teams looked impressive in their first week dismantling of door mat opponents. The two SEC West teams rolled up a combined 1,100 yards in their season openers but on September 9th these two teams will open up the SEC regular season schedule against one another and it’s highly unlikely the offenses will have a repeat of their freakish stat lines from a week ago.
Kickoff for this Thursday matchup is set for 7:50 Eastern Time and sbgglobal opened with the Tigers as a 2-point favorite with an over/under total at 56(-110).
After a very impressive and somewhat unexpected showing against Memphis in the season opener (49-7) the Bulldogs have caught the attention of NCAA football betting fans. The team’s two-QB system was lethal in that game passing for combined 372-yards in the air and compliments the team’s strong running game. And it’s the passing game that will keep the Auburn defensive coordinator awake this week.
Auburn was ridiculously explosive against Arkansas last week (608 yards of total offense) as it pounded tiny Arkansas State 52-26. But as good as the offense was, the defense was equally bad. It gave up 366 yards, 323 of which were in the air. Last year Auburn had one of the worst defenses in the school’s history. That unit was supposed to be improved this year with a transfusion of new young talent. That was not the case last week and Tigers have just one week of practice to whip this unit into game shape or risk getting picked apart by the Bulldogs two-headed monster behind center.
Most likely this will be a high scoring affair with both teams trading scores. Miss. State’s defense is hardly its best feature either and although it only gave up 41 yards rushing in the opener it was exposed by its opponent’s passing game (237 yards).
But in a battle of offense’s you have to like Auburn’s chances as this team simply has more weapons. New QB Cam Newton is a dual threat (171 yards rushing last week) who should terrorize the Bulldog defense.
Look for the Tigers to win a shootout.