The state of Mississippi (2-1) dropped out of their most recent bout against LSU and will aim to bounce back while taking on a non-conference opponent in the Bowling Green Falcons.
The Bulldogs open up as strong favorites by 30.5 points over their visiting opponent in what should be an easy win for the Bulldogs, although head coach Mike Leach doesn’t see such matches that way, constantly talking about not underestimate any opponent. The over / under is set at 52 points.
The skinny: One of the most important things Leach has preached to this team is consistency and full play. Although there was some stammering, the Bulldogs looked light years ahead in terms of stable play on both sides of the ball and the attack seemed more synchronized than ever in the first two games of the season. This was not the case in the defeat to LSU as the defense allowed some explosive plays to double-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels and he had missed offensive pairing opportunities with special team madness.
This is a good chance for the team to win against a Bowling Green team entering the game with an overall record of 1-2, winning their most recent game against Marshall Thundering Herd, 34-31 in extra time. Mississippi state defensive coordinator Zach Arnett showed respect for what the Falcons bring to the table in an offensive way with “every lineup in the book” and the athleticism of quarterback Matt McDonald, who leads the team in the race with 77 yards on the ground. in three games and gave defenses problems through the air. But the real kicker here that swings this way in favor of the state beyond the talent gap is Bowling Green’s wobbly passing defense, which allows for an average of 345 yards pass per game, the second worst among FBS teams.
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Spread coverage: This should be a solid opportunity for an offense that has lit up the board on several occasions to do so once again against an opposing defense that is simply outbid and has not found much success against running or passing. Bowling Green will find a way to increase some points, but Leach’s Air Raid attack will explode once again on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. Bulldogs cover the spread here.
To take the above or below: The Falcons have scored a total of 108 points in three games of the season, surpassing 50 points on two separate occasions. Their lowest point total in that time period was 17 points against UCLA. Considering this will be the toughest defense the team has faced all season, coupled with how hot the MSU passing game can get plus some for the success the team has had on the pitch while making more ball this year , it’s easy to see a scenario is that this gets a blast as the Falcons still manage a couple of scores. Take control.
Bottom line: The MSU has the ability to make some much needed tweaks here and will do so against poor defense and an offense that will not be fully able to make up for its mistakes as it faces a robust Bulldogs defensive unit. MSU defeats Bowling Green, 52-17.