One more SEC weekend before Egg Bowl

Football stockBy Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

A spirited effort against the nation’s No. 1 team still resulted in Mississippi State’s third-straight loss Saturday night, and the Bulldogs have no remaining margin for error if they are to reach a bowl game for a fourth-straight season.

MSU is on the SEC road, while Ole Miss in a conference home game in their last games before facing one another in Starkville on Thanksgiving night.

After a 20-7 loss to Alabama, MSU (4-6, 1-5 SEC) travels to Little Rock to face Arkansas in the 11:21 a.m., SEC Network game.

Ole Miss defeated Troy 51-21 on Saturday, the fourth-straight win for the Rebels (7-3, 3-3 SEC).

Sunday, the Rebels re-entered the AP Top 25 at No. 24.

It was a record-setting Saturday for Ole Miss, which put up 751 total yards against the Trojans, the most in school history.

Ole Miss will likely find Missouri’s defense more challenging.

In the last of the stretch of six-straight home games, the Rebels and No. 8 Tigers kick off at 6:45 p.m., on ESPN.

Missouri is ranked No. 21, third in the SEC, at 20.2 points per game allowed.

Missouri leads the SEC in sacks – third nationally – with 3.4 per game and also leads in tackles for loss with 8.0 per game.

The Tigers had an open date Saturday. Arkansas was also idle.

Facing a one-dimensional foe, MSU may be poised to win in Little Rock for the first time.

The Razorbacks are third in the SEC in rushing (209.7 ypg) but last in passing and last in turnover margin.

The Bulldogs, 0-6-1 against Arkansas in Little Rock, forced four turnovers and were plus-3 in turnovers against Alabama.

But the status of MSU’s quarterbacks is in question. Sophomore Dak Prescott (injured shoulder)did not dress out for Saturday’s game and senior Tyler Russell left in the second half with a shoulder injury of his own.

That left a true freshman, Damian Williams, to close out the Alabama game.

Arkansas (3-7, 0-6 SEC) has lost seven straight, most recently a 34-24 defeat at Ole Miss on Nov. 9.

parrish.alford@journalinc.com