Saturday Selections: Week 6 SEC Picks Against the Spread

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Sep 20, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs running back Josh Robinson (13) runs past LSU Tigers linebacker Kwon Alexander (4) during the third quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

#6 Texas A&M at#12 Mississippi State (-2), 11AM CT, ESPN

Like Florida, Mississippi State has had an extra week to prepare for a pivotal matchup against a division opponent. And, like Tennessee, Texas A&M had their hands full in a dramatic slugfest last week. Those factors give the Bulldogs a slight edge heading into this week’s matchup. But will it be enough?

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State is coming off one of the biggest wins in program history after they went to Death Valley September 20 and beat then No. 8 LSU 34-29. The Bulldogs controlled the game from the beginning, yet they allowed the Tigers to make a strong second half comeback, and LSU even had the ball with a chance to win on a last second Hail Mary. But of course, Brandon Harris’ pass was intercepted, and MSU survived.

Now, Dak Prescott and company will be home for one of the biggest games ever in Starkville. Texas A&M comes to town as a surprise top ten team, which would move into the top five with a win. Quarterback Kenny Hill has been on fire replacing Johnny Manziel and he has 17 touchdown passes through the first five games, despite spending large amounts of time watching from the sideline in non-conference blowouts. A&M started the week as a 1.5-point favorite, but money has been rolling in on the Bulldogs.

A morning kickoff usually favors the road team because the home crowd hasn’t had enough time to properly lather up for the day in order to get rowdy. However, I think MSU pulls this one out with a last second field goal to win and to cover.

Mississippi State 34, Texas A&M 31