Auburn vs Mississippi State Odds
In Week 2 of NCAA football betting, we’ll see plenty of conference matchups, with some bettors trying their hands at lesser-hyped games like Central Michigan versus Temple. But for those preferring to bet on the big boys, Auburn versus Mississippi State is an important SEC game.
Things couldn’t have started much better for the No. 21 Auburn Tigers last week. They routed Arkansas State 52-26 on Saturday and they are favored slightly again this week at Bovada. The big story of the day was SEC offensive player of the week Cameron Newton. Newton was so fantastic in his Auburn debut that he prompted Arkansas State head coach Steve Roberts to declare him “the best player I’ve ever seen live.” Newton threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns; he also ran for 171 yards and two more touchdowns. If The Tigers can get that kind of effort from Newton every week they may not regress much from their 16th-ranked offensive unit of a year ago. His magic feet could pose a problem for the Mississippi Bulldogs this week if the historical trends tell us anything. The last time these two teams met, Auburn pummelled Mississippi State 49-24, amassing 390 rushing yards. However, if their effort last week says anything, the Bulldogs may not go quietly. They romped over Memphis 48-7 last week, holding the Tigers to just 41 rushing yards. Freshman quarterback Tyler Russell impressed for Mississippi State, throwing for 256 yards and four scores.
Get the most betting options and fastest payouts of any sportsbook. Click here! Is there a chink in the armor for Auburn? It allowed 323 passing yards against Arkansas State last week and faces a Bulldogs passing game firing on all cylinders right now. Auburn also hasn’t fared well on the road of late, going 1-7 over the last two seasons. Even though Auburn is a Top-25 program, sportsbooks are clearly concerned about the Tigers’ betting prospects this week. Auburn is favored by anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 points at typical major books such as Bovada. The Tigers are 1-8 against the spread in their last nine road games. Perhaps they’ll get a defensive boost from linebacker Craig Stevens, who missed Auburn’s opening game for disciplinary reasons. Stevens was second on the Tigers in tackles last season; coach Gene Chizik hasn’t revealed whether or not he’ll let Stevens play this week. Should bettors see the glass as half empty or half full for Auburn this week? On one hand, they look weak against the pass and they haven’t played well within the SEC of late, having gone 3-5 last year. On the other hand, Newton looks phenomenal under center and Auburn has won eight of its last nine meetings against Mississippi State, including four straight on the road.