Both area SEC teams will try to bounce back from disappointment this week, and odds may favor Mississippi State to have the better chance to do that.
Following a 59-26 home loss to No. 10 LSU, the Bulldogs will entertain Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green (5-1)for homecoming.
The Rebels are finally able to play some home games – six straight coming up – but the first is against No. 9 Texas A&M.
Ole Miss struggled to stop the run on defense and to protect quarterback Bo Wallace on offense. The Rebels had a chance to rally for the lead in the fourth quarter but came up short in a 30-22 loss at Auburn.
As the season’s midway point arrives, Ole Miss has dropped to 3-2 after a 3-0 start and is 1-2 in SEC play.
MSU is 2-3 and 0-1 after LSU blew open a close game late by scoring the last 31 points.
For the Bulldogs, Dan Mullen carried on the quarterback suspense until the first play when Dak Prescott took the first snap as the starter.
In the end both Prescott and Tyler Russell played and played to their strengths.
Russell was the better passer, throwing for 146 yards and two touchdowns with 7 for 11 efficiency. Prescott rushed for 103 yards and a score.
MSU amassed 468 yards but gave up 563 as LSU rushed for more than 200 and passed for more than 300.
The Tigers, having lost an emotional 44-41 game at Georgia the week prior, improved to 21-1 after a loss under Les Miles.
For the Rebels, the perimeter run game was neutralized for a second-straight week. Wallace, under pressure most of the night, threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns but also two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.
Auburn rushed for 282, much of it on the read-option running of quarterback Nick Marshall.