More Sports Sections: NFL Football NBA Basketball College Basketball Baseball NHL Hockey Soccer MMA Boxing Nascar Golf Horse Racing

20 Point Football Teasers!

Handicapping

Other Great Sites

Bet on College Football Games at 5Dimes

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. BYU Cougars Odds - Prediction

Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS) vs. BYU Cougars (3-3 SU, 5-1 ATS)
College Football Week 7
Date/Time: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:15PM EST
Where: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah
TV: ESPN
by Scott, NCAA Football Handicapper, Predictem.com

Point Spread: MSST +7/BYU -7
Over/Under Total: 52.5

The Mississippi State Bulldogs come to Provo to face the BYU Cougars on Friday in what looks like a game that will provide some good entertainment. It’s somewhat of a bizarre matchup between these two teams who last played back in 2001. Mississippi State is struggling to find their way in the post-Dak Prescott era and fell to 2-3 on Saturday in a 38-14 loss to Auburn. BYU, meanwhile, scored a huge win in beating Michigan State in East Lansing, 38-14, in a big win for a team that has already experienced a ton on the young season.

There’s something about BYU where they’re just hard to figure out, while being excessively exciting to watch. Through five games this season, no margin had been greater than three points with every game coming down to some late twist in the storyline. After beating Arizona, they lost three consecutive squeakers to Utah, UCLA, and West Virginia. They were able to nudge Toledo, 55-53 on a last-second FG, before scoring the big win against Michigan State, a win that should bolster the spirits moving forward for the Kalani Sitake-led Cougars. In their first non-competitive game of the year, they picked a good time for it and they came out on the right side.

Against Michigan State, BYU let the Spartans score on their first drive, before mostly holding them down for the rest of the game. Still, the Cougars’ offense wasn’t cooperating with the defense early, scoring a lone field goal in the first half of the game. But in the second half, the Cougars couldn’t be stopped, with Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams taking over.

Against the Spartans in a road game, the Cougars got good performances from some of their biggest stars. Williams looks to be kicking his game into another gear after gaining 618 yards in his last three games. He’s been chewing up opposing defenses and could easily go over 1000 yards on the season this week. He has 9 touchdowns in the last three games. Hill was efficient behind center for the Cougars and has been more on-point the last few games, following a rough first month to the season. He also ran in a score on Saturday. Also contributing in the aerial attack were some of the usual suspects for BYU—ball-catchers like Nick Kurtz, Mitchell Juergens, Jonah Trinnman, and Colby Pearson. New coordinator Ty Detmer was certainly happy with what he saw against Michigan State. What would really let this offense come together would be a bit more effervescence in the passing game.

GET A GENEROUS 50% SIGNUP BONUS UP TO $250 AT ONE OF THE WEB'S OLDEST AND MOST TRUSTED SPORTSBOOKS: BOVADA!

The close games the Cougars have had this season seem to have resonated on both sides of the ball, especially the defense. They have been leaky against the pass at times in the first 6 games of the season and not always terribly clutch, especially with the three defeats in a row. Injuries have robbed them of some of their expected venom. But other than allowing a lot of points to West Virginia and Toledo, they held Arizona to 16, Utah to 20, UCLA to 17, and then a home Spartans team to 14. So more often than not, they’ve been fairly stingy.

This is not a vintage Mississippi State bunch. That much was suspected before the season began and confirmed when they lost as 28-point favorites to South Alabama to open the season. They beat a down South Carolina bunch, lost to LSU, beat Massachusetts, before losing by 24 to Auburn at home on Saturday in a miserable display. They were manhandled across all areas, as the defense had little answer for the Auburn run-game. It started well, with the Bulldogs’ Kivon Coman picking off a Sean White pass to give Miss St. great field position, but a missed FG took the wind out of their sails and they wouldn’t hit the scoreboard until it was 35-0 Tigers.

A somewhat milquetoast Mississippi State offense is led by sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald. A quarterback will catch a lot of flack, but attributing the Bulldogs problems to Fitzgerald would not be capturing the truth. He has thrown only two picks and has 390 yards running. Brandon Holloway and Ashton Shumpert add production on the ground. With five touchdowns, the key skill player on this offense in classy receiver Fred Ross. Donald Gray has also been productive, but this is a team that lost a lot of firepower from last season. They put up 47 against UMass, but have not exceeded 20 points in their four other games.

The Mississippi State defense looks weary and porous, not a good sign as they face a road game completely out of their element in Provo. They’ve given up 73 points in their last two games and haven’t been particularly strong against either the pass of the run. Granted, there have been times where they haven’t received the best support from the other side of the ball. But still, they’ve been a good tick or two off of what was anticipated. And one bristles to think what the red-hot Jamaal Williams has in store for this “D.”

On one hand, Mississippi is an SEC team, but who has seen the more-difficult schedule this season? The nod clearly goes to BYU with three games over Pac-12 teams, West Virginia, and Michigan State on the schedule already. At the same time, BYU just has such a knack for close games other than last week’s win over a nose-diving Michigan State team. And just as one can imagine BYU drubbing a rebuilding Bulldogs’ squad, one can just as easily envision Mississippi State hanging in there with a chance to win. Still, I think the Cougars hit another gear last week and will take another step forward with a good win over Mississippi St.

Scott's Pick to Cover the Point Spread: I’m betting on the BYU Cougars minus 7 points.

Bet this game at one of the oldest and most trusted sportsbooks online: Bookmaker. They also have one of the best LIVE BETTING features as well as a generous sign-up bonus!

NCAA Football Week 5 Betting Previews

Here are some additional game previews from this week's college football card.

Free Picks

Editor's Picks - Each weekend our very own in-house All-American Editor makes his NCAA point spread predictions in an attempt to force fumbles, sack and intercept your bookie!

Expert College Football Picks - Free premium college foots plays against the spread from expert handicappers from around the web from week 1 through the National Championship.

Underdog of the Week Pick - We sort through it all and find out which University is getting "too many points" this week. If there was a Heisman Trophy for picking underdogs, we'd be a frontrunner. Expect a 57%+ winning percentage with these picks as we've got a keen ear for loud barking dogs.

Line Movement - NCAA football lines open early in the week and often times move up or down based on wagering activity, injuries to key players and weather. We decipher whether it's square or wiseguy action and predict the point spread winner based on value.

College Football Consensus Picks - We assess the public perception each week and let them pick the winners for us as we fade their selections which provides us with many trips into our bookies endzone.

Computer Picks - We enter them into the computer and the machine makes it's picks. This is a great guide especially when betting totals! These are available after the first few weeks of the season.

Trends - Despite what you have been told or read on tout sites, the trend ain't your friend. We however turn the tables and fade the almighty trend for what should be some great profits over time.

2017/2018 College Football Predictions - Bob gives his picks to win each major conference. At the end, he gives his prediction on who thinks will win the 2018 National Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8th.

2017 Heisman Trophy Predictions - USC QB Sam Darnold is a heavy pre-season favorite to win college football's most coveted award, but Jay isn't buying it. In fact, he's passing up the top (3) favored players in favor of a QB who he's confident will be NCAA football's best player in 2017.

2017-2018 College Football Championship Predictions - NCAA football experts have the Alabama Crimson Tide running away with the National Championship this season and who can blame them? Roll Tide is LOADED! It never happens that easy though. The USC Trojans (+825), Florida St. Seminoles (+850) and Ohio St. Buckckeyes (+875) all have a legit shot. Oddsmakers have Oklahoma (+1300) on the bubble and everybody looking from the outside in at 20/1 or higher. Jay gives his pick to win it all along with how his top 15 rankings for season's end. Get your bets in early before your favorite team's line drops!

Betting

MyBookie - Get a HUGE 50% bonus (up to $1000 FREE!) after making an initial deposit of $100 or more! Great at getting Visa cards to work for deposits.

Bovada - Boasts the highest credit card acceptance rate on the internet! HUGE menu of wagers for you to choose from! One of few online sportsbooks to offer Texas Hold'em! 50% bonus up to $250 in free cash!

5Dimes - 15 team parlays! 20 point teasers! Reduced juice betting odds! Buy up to 15 points! Most props on the web!

Intertops - The safest place to bet on the web as they've been around over 20 years! Enjoy LIVE college football betting where you can jump into the action at any time during the game and place a bet! This gives you a huge advantage!

Heisman Trophy Betting Odds - USC QB Sam Darnold starts the season off as a heavy favorite at +350 odds. Sooners QB Baker Mayfield is second on the list at +700 but can he keep his nose clean? Louisville QB Lamar Jackson should dominate this season but will Louisville be taken seriously? Oregon Ducks RB Royce Freeman is worth a pop at 60/1 if he gets the carries. Bama WR Calvin Ridley brings experience and big-time playmaking ability and will be featured on National TV a bunch, giving him a legit darkhorse shot. But will they throw the ball enough with a QB who likes to run? Missing from this year's list of odds is a defensive player.

Odds to Win the 2017 College Football Championship - The Alabama Crimson Tide are heavy favorites to win the National Championship this year at 5/2 followed by Ohio St. at 13/5, USC at 7/1 and FSU at 17/2. Things drop off a bit with the Oklahoma Sooners coming in at 12/1, Auburn Tigers at 14/1 and Michigan Wolverines at 16/1. Check out your favorite school's odds here!

Bet on College Football at BetOnline

Featured Articles

Heisman Trophy Winners - A full list of college football quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers who have made history on the field and won the prestigious award.

The Spread - Who will cover the spread? They will! Offers scores, odds, free game predictions, current news and more!