Oklahoma State Cowboys (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)
College Football Week 1
Date and Time: August 31, 2013 2:30 pm
Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston TX
TV: ABC, ESPN2
by Tim, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: OSU -13.5/MSU +13.5
Over/Under Total: 66
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Thank the Lord it is College Football time again!!!! Oklahoma State will try to stink up the SEC right outta the gate when the Pokes take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Texas Kickoff Classic August 31st. Mississippi State was 8-5 in 2012 enjoying 8 wins against sub-500 teams (cupcakes) and suffering all 5 losses to above-500 teams last year. OSU loses their Offensive Coordinator but reloads with Mike Yurcich out of Shippensburg University. Dont laugh; Yurcich produced an offensive popping out 530 yards per game in D-II. Gundy is fantastic at picking assistants; they all have become Head Coaches somewhere else! This is nothing new to Gundy and the Boys wont miss a beat.
Mississippi State on the other hand is not very good. The Bulldogs were good last year in the Defensive Backfield, but they graduated most of their talent to the NFL. The Bulldogs were kinda good at wide receiver, but last years WR Corp also is gone. This year, they have one good position player; and it might be the Punter-Baker Swedenburg?! The only huge question mark for the Bulldogs this season is if the WRs can run 6 yard-out patterns faster than defensive tackles can get to the MSU quarterback. Last year, the pattern was apparent effecting double digit losses in every defeat. So, MSU cant score, they cant keep people from scoring, they made very little improvement to do either, and what they did accomplish relatively well has graduated or been dismissed from the program. All-SEC Guard Gabe Jackson is the one bright spot on this MSU squad, but OSUs All-World JUCO transfer Calvin Bennett will overwhelm Jackson the Guard, Jackson the City, and Mississippi the State! Mississippi State will try to run the balluntil theyre behind by a couple of TDs, then implode by moving to a Thing called a passing game.
OSU is the exact opposite. Mike Gundy is a masterful Head Coach and likes to put points on the board; a lot of points! Gundy has 2 fantastic Quarterbacks to choose from in Senior Clint Chelf and Sophomore J.W. Walsh. Both quarterbacks filled in when 2012 starting Freshman quarterback Wes Lunt went down with a knee injury. Lunt transferred in June 13 to Illinois presumably because he wouldnt have to change his t-shirt wardrobe; the Illini also sport orange as a primary school color. Also returning are 3 starting Offensive Lineman who were spectacular in Gundys No-Huddle six shooter offense. Oklahoma State put up huge numbers on Offense ending the year; 3rd in the nation in scoring, 7th in passing, and 4th in total yards. The Cowboys will reload-just as they’ve always reloaded-but not at key positions. Gundys defense was also pretty spectacular last year and 7 starters return to build on their stingy defense of 2012. The Cowboys are set to roll over early opponents and Mississippi State insists they wish to control the ball through the running game. My idea is: Mississippi State doesn’t have a passing game which is also the reason the most celebrated returnee is the PunterOle Whathisname!
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This game has the potential to get Out of Hand. Oklahoma has the knowledge of how to bury opponents and 5 of their last 6 games went OVER, culminating in Boilermaker Beat down of 58-14 letting the Big Ten Members learn, Dont Go West Young Man! Mississippi State, on the flipside, got out-classed, out-played, and out-coached by a nominal Northwestern team in their last game 2012, 38-20, as 1.5 point Dog in the Gator Bowl. Mississippi State didn’t play well against Kentucky, and was put on probation for 2 years by the NCAA in a ‘recruits get cash’ promo benefitting, really, no one! Mississippi State will spend the first half trying to count the lights flashin on the scoreboard. The 2nd half will find MSU trying to establish the run. After the game the MSU coach will find a positive in the kicking game and push Punter Baker Swedenburg for All-Whatever honors. The Butcher will be Quarterback Clint Chelf. The Candlestick-Maker will be MSU coach Dan Mullen. So, we have a Butcher, a Baker, and a Candle-Stick Makerwhat we dont have is a game!?! And a Cow (boy) jumped over the Moon! >>> Oklahoma State Cowboys go Huge in this smackdown!
Tims Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Oklahoma State
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