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It wasn’t pretty but it was effective. Dealing with the loss of a number of players from last year’s team and with suspensions affecting several different players on the 2019 squad, the Mississippi State Bulldogs found a way to get the required six wins to extend their school record bowl eligible streak to 10. And for the fifth time in that stretch the Bulldogs will face an ACC opponent with the Louisville Cardinals on tap for the Music City Bowl on Monday, December 30. The Bulldogs closed the season with wins in three of their final four to reach bowl eligibility going 3-1 ATS in those matchups.

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The Bulldogs weren’t quite ready to be a contender in what was and is a brutal SEC West. But they sure held their own when dropping down a weight class and that was enough for them to get six wins. Four of MSU’s six losses were to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Texas AM, the top teams in the division, by a combined score of 179-73. They also lost to a decent Kansas State club and stubbed their toe against Tennessee.

Needing wins in their final two games to become bowl eligible, the Bulldogs took care of FCS Abilene Christian and caught a break in the Egg Bowl rivalry game when Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore pretended to urinate like a dog following a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. That cost the Rebels a chance to go for 2 points and the win, and it pushed the extra point back 15 yards. The kick was missed and the Dogs escaped, 21-20.

We’re not sure who’s going to start at quarterback for MSU since it’s been a revolving door since the season opened. That might be a reason why the unit has for the most part struggled. Tommy Stevens and Garret Shrader have split time behind center. Stevens is more of a passer while Shrader offers dual threat possibilities. With Stevens missing the Egg Bowl, Shrader went the distance throwing for 108 yards and rushing for 19 yards with a pair of touchdowns. The passing game isn’t much of a threat with the two combining for 2,112 yards and 17 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

That means were likely to get a heavy dose of Kylin Hill against Louisville’s defense that surrenders 211 yards per game on the ground. Hill is the leading rusher among running backs in the SEC averaging 112.3 yards per game. With the season in the balance over the last two games, Hill went for 285 yards averaging 6.6 yards per carry. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark eight times during the season scoring 10 touchdowns. Without much in the passing game the Bulldogs need Hill to have a big game for the 18th ranked rushing attack.

Louisville will try and attack MSU with its fast-break offensive scheme. When it works it’s a thing of beauty, but when it doesn’t the defense gets exposed and we have games like we saw in the regular season finale. The Cardinals allowed 517 yards on the ground to Kentucky and were blanked in the second half of a 45-13 setback, which dropped them to 7-5 SU and ATS. Micale Cunningham took over as the starter early in the year and has thrown 20 touchdown passes with just five interceptions. Javian Hawkins averages 118.3 rushing yards a game to rank seventh nationally. But the Cards allow nearly 450 yards per game and 33.8 points while cashing the over in their last four.

Regular Season Recap

The regular season could be broken down into three separate segments, and fortunately for the Bulldogs two of them were positive. They went 3-1 through the first four games with wins over a good Louisiana-Lafayette team, Southern Miss and Kentucky. The lone blemish in that opening third of the schedule was a home setback to Kansas State.

The meat of the schedule took place during the middle of the season and MSU just wasn’t ready to compete against three of the best teams in the SEC. The Dogs were smothered by Auburn, LSU and Texas AM, losing those contests by a combined total of 75 points while going 0-3 ATS. Also in that stretch was a 20-10 loss as a 5-point favorite to the 1-4 Tennessee Volunteers putting coach Joe Moorhead firmly on the hot seat.

Entering the final third of the season at 3-5 the Bulldogs needed to win three of their remaining four games with one of those matchups against Alabama. Bowl hopes were kept alive with a thumping of Arkansas, ending the four-game slide. Hosting Bama the following week, the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome an early two touchdown deficit falling 38-7. However, the Dogs will be remembered for ending Tua Tagovailoa’s college career. Needing wins in their last two games to extend the longest bowl eligible streak in program history the Bulldogs came through by beating FCS Abilene Christian, 45-7, and Ole Miss. MSU covered the closing spread in both games to finish the regular season at 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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