Southern Clash: Georgia Bulldogs VS Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Updated: September 19, 2017

Good Ole Southern Clash: Georgia Bulldogs vs Mississippi State Bulldogs

While not your typical SEC rivalry one of this week’s marquee matchups(The other being TCU vs Oklahoma State) pits the #17 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs versus the #11 ranked Georgia Bulldogs from Samford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. The line opened up at Georgia -3 and quickly steamed up to its current position with Georgia -5 as early money action comes in on UGA. The total for the game currently sits at 48.5

Georgia enters the game off a ho-hum win over Samford last week 42-14 where Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns. This will be Georgia’s opening conference game in what appears to be a very winnable East division. This will be Georgia 2nd game versus a ranked opponent after posting a 20-19 win in South Bend, Indiana over Notre Dame 2 weeks ago.

Mississippi State is riding pretty high after last week’s demolishing of then #12 LSU 37-7. Nick Fitzgerald threw for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for 88 yards and an additional two touchdowns. Mississippi State’s defense made the LSU attack look anemic in outgaining the Tigers 465 to 270.

Key Question For Georgia:

The biggest question for Georgia is whether starting QB Jacob Eason will return from injury to play in this game. Eason injured his knee in game 1 vs Appalachian State and true freshman Jake Fromm has led the Bulldogs to wins over App State, Notre Dame, and Samford in his absence. Fromm hasn’t been terrible or overly effective but has not done anything to costs the Bulldogs as he has limited turnovers and generally played smart football. But Georgia needs Eason. Fromm is not ready to be the leader of this team and limits the offense as defenses will stack the box keying on Georgia duo of talented backs. Eason’s big arm and experience in this offense open the lanes for Georgia’s backs to get into a rhythm. Eason practiced Monday but nothing yet on the extent of what he was able to do in practice. Imagine this will be a much later in the week decision with both QBs taking reps with the 1st unit.

Can Mississippi State Stop Georgia’s Running Game:

No Matter the quarterback you can rest assured that Georgia will try to run the ball early and often. Despite its dominating victory, Mississippi State allowed LSU to rush for 133 yards on 29 attempts. That 4.6 average will have to improve vs Georgia and their premier tailback combo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Look for Mississippi State to keep extra defenders in the box in an attempt to force Georgia to rely on its quarterback. MSU will also have to avoid a hangover from last week’s big win while maintaining intensity away from Starkville.

Everything on this game screams close game so going to go with the home team here. Georgia pulls out another close victory over Mississippi State by a score of 23-20 with Georgia winning on a late FG.