Game Day Eve: Prescott, Mackey Play X-Factor Roles

Egg Bowl: No. 25 MSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) at Ole Miss (5-6, 2-5), Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPNU (Clay MatvickMatt Stinchcomb and Allison Williams)


Here we are, one day before the big game. We’ve talked and written a lot about matchups and big-time players and whatnot, but in today’s Journal we take a look at a couple of guys who could be X-factors come Saturday. You know, guys who could make like LaDarius Perkins and have a bigger impact than normal.

For MSU, I wrote about backup quarterback Dak Prescott, who has been a weapon in the red zone and short-yardage situations, and his role has become more prominent in recent weeks. Can he punish the Ole Miss defense the way Chris Relf did for three years? Both are big, tough runners, and MSU coach Dan Mullen said on Monday, “You know, we always keep a little element of the Relf Coast in here and there for Dak, but it’s a very different scheme than we’ve seen in the past. It’s kind of a whole different philosophy. Plus, we’ve got to do what we do well.”

My Ole Miss counterpart, Parrish Alford, wrote about Randall Mackey. The senior is a converted quarterback who, like Prescott, can hurt a defense in different ways. He can run, catch and will line up in the wildcat formation.

I’ve got a video preview of the Egg Bowl coming shortly, so keep an eye out for that.


Now, let’s check out the rest of this weekend’s SEC schedule:


• LSU at Arkansas, 1:30 p.m., CBS


• Georgia Tech at Georgia, 11 a.m., ESPN

• Kentucky at Tennessee, 11:21 a.m., SEC Network

• Auburn at Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS

• Vanderbilt at Wake Forest, 2:30 p.m., ESPNU

• Florida at Florida State, 2:30 p.m., ABC

• Missouri at Texas A&M, 6 p.m., ESPN2

• South Carolina at Clemson, 6 p.m., ESPN

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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