By David Brandt/AP Sports Writer
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Tennessee’s Tyler Bray is one of the nation’s premier pocket passers, and the 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior has the completions, touchdowns and passing yards to back it up.
Mississippi State’s secondary couldn’t be more thrilled about the challenge.
In the Southeastern Conference showdown, Tennessee (3-2, 0-2) brings its high-flying passing offense to face the No. 19 Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0), who boost a pass defense that has been among the best in the league the past few seasons.
The Bulldogs have a seasoned quartet of starters — led by cornerbacks Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay — who have combined for 98 career starts and 37 interceptions. Eight have been returned for touchdowns.
Bray has completed 61.1 percent of his passes this season for 1,582 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.