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Mississippi College Football Preview – Week 7

M.M. Roberts Stadium at Southern Miss. Photo courtesy of Telesouth Communications Inc.

UTEP (0-5) vs. Southern Miss (3-2)

Southern Miss held on in the waning moments of their matchup against UTSA last week to bring their record to 3-2. This week, the Golden Eagles return home for their homecoming game with the winless UTEP Miners coming to Hattiesburg. QB Keon Howard replaced an injured Kwadra Griggs as the starter last week and may get the nod once again if Griggs is unable to go. No matter who lines up under center, Southern Miss’ offense should be able to thrive against the Miner defense which ranks 124th in the nation in points against with an average of 40.2 PPG.

Kick-off M. M. Roberts Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m.

BYU (1-5) vs. MSU (3-2) 

After having a week off to recuperate from back to back losses, The Mississippi State Bulldogs step out of conference play and host the BYU Cougars for this weeks matchup. After scoring 37 points in a win over LSU, MSU scored just a combined 13 points against Auburn and Georgia in the following weeks. The Bulldogs will look to get their offense back on track against a struggling BYU defense that has allowed 40 points on two separate occasions this season. MSU’s Nick Fitzgerald has thrown multiple INTs in back-to-back games, and the Bulldogs need their talented QB to make better decisions as they attempt to avoid a 3rd consecutive loss.

Kick off at Davis Wade Stadium is set for 11 a.m.

Vanderbilt (3-3) vs. Ole Miss (2-3)

Ole Miss is trying to put blowout losses against Alabama and Auburn behind them as they welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores to Oxford for homecoming. The Ole Miss offense never got rolling on the road, but their talented receivers may be able to find soft spots against the Commodore defense. Ole Miss’ defense has allowed 110 points in their last two losses, but Vandy hasn’t scored more than 24 points in a game this season. A tough schedule has put Vandy on the losing end of matchups against Alabama, Georgia, and Florida in 3 three straight weeks, so both teams are looking to bounce back in this one.

Kick off in Oxford is slated for 2:30 p.m.


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