MISSISSIPPI ST over Byu by 28
If the names Ty Detmer, Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Robbie Bosco ring a bell, you’ll certainly be shocked to hear that the program where they once starred – and at one time was referred to as ‘Quarterback U’ – is currently the nation’s No. 126-ranked team in passing efficiency. WTF? Folks, we’ve been patient with BYU this season, aware that they reversed course after a 1-3 start last season to finish 9-3. But after what we’ve seen the last few weeks, we wouldn’t back the Cougars here with YOUR money. The ‘Y’ is ‘SOL’ when it comes to scoring lately: in its last three losses, BYU has been outpointed 104-37. However, let’s not heap all of this failure on the QB alone. A mediocre offensive line, not-so-talented skill players and some questionable play-calling have also made the Cougs No. 124 nationally in time of possession – a unit simply unable to sustain any kind of attack. MSU earned the ‘it team’ label in the SEC with an early season rout of LSU, but consecutive drubbings at Georgia and at Auburn resulted in the flavor of the month going sour. Now back home after a much-needed week of rest, HC Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs can resume their climb to respectability by getting revenge for last season’s 28-21 setback at Provo. Fortunately, the dawgs meet this week’s criteria, and we’re not about to fade that with this beleaguered cast of Mormons… not in today’s high noon start in humid Starkville. State’s solid 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games versus Independents, and the Cougars’ mark against SEC foes since 1998, cements it. Chin up, BYU fans: your team closes out the season against six foes that have combined for a horrid 9-26 SU record in 2017.