|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1||1-2||2-1||25.0||9.0||388.7||(6.1)||1.3||29.7||19.3||481.3||(6.3)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||30.8||15.4||20.6||30:28||33-150||(4.5)||20-32||60.7%||243||(7.5)||65-393||(6)||(12.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||28.7||15.6||20.7||31:55||38-155||(4.1)||19-32||60.4%||230||(7.3)||70-385||(5.5)||(13.4)|
|Offense Road Games||20.2||13.2||19.7||29:37||30-116||(3.9)||20-35||57.1%||256||(7.3)||65-373||(5.8)||(18.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.7||11.1||21.0||29:32||37-160||(4.3)||21-32||64.3%||218||(6.7)||69-377||(5.4)||(18.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27.1||15.3||20.8||29:40||36-163||(4.5)||20-33||60.3%||237||(7.2)||69-401||(5.8)||(14.8)|
|Defense Road Games||28.2||14.5||21.7||30:23||38-151||(4)||21-32||66.4%||250||(7.8)||70-401||(5.7)||(14.2)|
|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3.6||1-2||2-1||23.7||15.7||385.0||(5.1)||2.3||35.0||12.3||443.7||(6)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||30.0||16.4||21.8||27:26||41-164||(4)||20-32||62.9%||254||(8)||73-418||(5.8)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||26.1||12.6||20.8||30:43||39-162||(4.2)||19-31||59.8%||228||(7.3)||70-391||(5.6)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||33.7||15.8||24.2||28:28||42-192||(4.5)||21-32||66.1%||287||(9)||74-479||(6.5)||(14.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||28.9||15.1||19.7||32:34||38-144||(3.7)||21-32||64.8%||246||(7.6)||71-390||(5.5)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||29.7||16.9||20.2||30:01||37-158||(4.3)||19-31||62.6%||245||(7.9)||68-403||(5.9)||(13.5)|
|Defense Home Games||30.0||15.2||19.7||31:32||40-164||(4.1)||20-29||68.0%||236||(8.1)||69-400||(5.8)||(13.3)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MISSISSIPPI ST 34, OLE MISS 39.1|
|10/20/2012||MIDDLE TENN ST||45-3||W||-18.5||W||58||U||33-231||20-26-215||1||41-131||20-32-174||3|
|11/24/2012||@ OLE MISS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/24/2012||MISSISSIPPI ST|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MISSISSIPPI ST: Although the Bulldogs have made improvements over the past couple of years, they have failed to break through in the SEC. This season Tyler Russell will take over as QB after a year of splitting time. He should be able to handle the job as long as his offensive line holds up. RB LaDarius Perkins has shown a lot of promise, averaging just over five yards per carry over two seasons. On defense, Mississippi State won't be as good as last season when it allowed 19.7 PPG (16th in nation). The Bulldogs have lost their anchor, DT Fletcher Cox, and their secondary is very inconsistent, finishing 11th in the SEC in passing defense (197 YPG). |
|OLE MISS: Ole Miss had a lot of trouble on both sides of the ball last year, and that could be the case again in 2012. The Rebels scored just 16.1 PPG (5th-least in FBS) and allowed 32.1 PPG (96th in nation). New head coach Hugh Freeze hopes to change all that, but his team doesn't have a clear choice at quarterback, and in the SEC that's a problem. The running game will struggle due to an inexperienced offensive line even though Jeff Scott (529 rush yds, 6 TD) is a capable running back. On defense, the team is looking to improve on a year in which it finished last in the SEC in sacks and Tackles For Loss. This secondary is strong, but the front seven struggles stopping the run (224 rush YPG allowed) and pressuring the quarterback. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (MISSISSIPPI ST-OLE MISS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mississippi St.-Mississippi Preview* =====================================
Mississippi State (8-3) at Mississippi (5-6), 7:00 p.m. EDT
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) \2014 It's Egg Bowl week and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has been strangely quiet.
In previous years, the fourth-year coach hasn't missed an opportunity to needle rival Mississippi \2014 though he still refers to the Rebels as "The School Up North." But for the most part, he's been downright cordial, even praising Ole Miss' better-than-expected season under first-year coach Hugh Freeze.
Mullen insists his slightly more congenial attitude isn't a sign that he's lost any fire to beat the Rebels. The 25th-ranked Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) travel to face the Rebels (5-6, 2-5) on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Mullen has never lost an Egg Bowl \2014 winning three straight. And he's talked a steady stream of smack while doing it, especially after the Rebels changed their on-field mascot to a Black Bear two years ago.
"I don't have any more respect for them now than I did last year, or the year before, or the year before that," Mullen said. "It's the same to me. Maybe they just haven't changed their mascots, or given me the layup to poke fun at them this year."
It could also be because Ole Miss looks like a much more formidable opponent. The Rebels will be highly motivated, needing one more win to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009.
Ole Miss came close to earning bowl eligibility the past two weeks but blew fourth-quarter leads in back-to-back losses against Vanderbilt and LSU.
"Obviously the Egg Bowl is enough, but I sure would like to send these seniors out going to play in a postseason game and our fans to get to experience that," Freeze said. "They're a team that deserves to do that in my eyes."
Mullen said he watched Mississippi's 41-35 loss to LSU and there's no doubt that the Rebels are a much improved team. Oddsmakers even have Ole Miss as a slight favorite for Saturday's game.
Freeze "took over a young team and he got them to buy into what he wants to do," Mullen said. "They play hard. That's the one thing I see. Not that they didn't play hard before, but you see just a little more energy and sense of urgency."
Mississippi State is coming off a 45-14 victory over Arkansas last Saturday, which ended a three-game losing streak that knocked the Bulldogs out of contention for the SEC's Western Division title.
It was a particularly good game for Mississippi State's pass defense, which needed some good news after giving up big yardage in losses to LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama. Now the Bulldogs have to prepare for Bo Wallace, who is fifth in the SEC with 2,549 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, but also has a tendency to make mistakes with 13 interceptions.
He runs the Rebels' fast-paced offense that has been the hallmark of Freeze's first season. Ole Miss is averaging 30.0 points per game.
"Bo Wallace does a good job getting the ball to his receivers and they've got good hands \2014 good talent," Mississippi State linebacker Cameron Lawrence said. "But I think they've got some similarities to our offense, and we go against those guys every day, so that should work to our advantage."
Egg Bowl week has already been full of the usual shenanigans. Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell said a few Ole Miss fans have already found out his cellphone number. Wallace has acknowledged the same thing in Oxford.
"If they weren't texting me than I would feel bad, but they are, so I must be doing something well," Russell said with a grin.
A Mississippi State victory would mean the current crop of seniors will have never lost to Ole Miss.
It also would keep the Rebels from receiving the extra practices and publicity that comes from making a bowl game. But Mullen said that angle isn't a concern.
"I could care less if they were 11-0 or 0-11 or whatever it is coming into this game," Mullen said. "When you get in these games, the record is completely irrelevant. Our focus to me is winning that trophy for Mississippi State. That's 100 percent of the focus. What effect it has on them, that has nothing to do with me for the game."
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:45:50 PM EST|