Mis­sis­sippi over CAL­I­FOR­NIA by 6

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

At first glance, this has all the mak­ings of an up­set with the 2-0 Bears beam­ing with con­fi­dence and Johnny Reb eye­ing a re­match with Alabama (lost, 48-43, last sea­son de­spite lead­ing 24-3 late in the 2nd quar­ter). How­ever, a deeper look shows that the Bears’ win in North Carolina may be noth­ing more than av­er­age and their home vic­tory over We­ber State is of the ‘in­side-out’ va­ri­ety as they were out­gained by 139 yards. In ad­di­tion, the Rebels get a week off be­fore fac­ing the Tide and that should lead to a fo­cused ef­fort. Sure, we’re well aware of Mis­sis­sippi’s mal­odor­ous 7-221 ATS mark in their last 30 games as road fa­vorites, in­clud­ing 0-7 ATS fol­low­ing con­sec­u­tive wins. How­ever, the feel­ing here is that the Berke­ley Bears may not have enough fire­power to go against the re­cently di­vorced Rebels who have man­aged to put up 46 PPG and 537 YPG un­der in­terim head coach Matt Luke. Slight lean to the vis­i­tors in what should be an en­ter­tain­ing, late-night af­fair.

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