Five reasons why Auburn could beat Mississippi State

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Auburn is trying to rebound.

The Tigers still have a lot of things to fight for in these final few games. They’re fighting for a potential nine or ten win season in Bryan Harsin’s first year with Auburn. They are also still fighting for a spot in the SEC Championship game. While the loss to Texas A&M might have been deflating, Auburn still has a lot of things to accomplish.

It starts with Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs are 5-4, but their progression through the season has been confusing. They’ve beaten a Texas A&M squad that has really turned the corner, as well as an NC State team who is currently inside the Top 25. They’ve also lost to Memphis, LSU, and Arkansas. Which Mississippi State team shows up on Saturday?

Here are five reasons why Auburn beats whichever one does.

Mississippi State does not have an efficient offense

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Mississippi State is second in the SEC in plays per game (75.7), but they are 11th in the SEC in yards per play (5.7) and 12th in the SEC in points per drive (2.3).

Auburn is going to hold onto the ball

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Mississippi State’s offense will stall out, and Auburn will control the clock.

Auburn is more talented

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This might feel like a cheap cop-out answer but think about it. Throughout SEC play, Auburn has lost to teams that were more talented (Georgia, Texas A&M), but they’ve won the games against teams that are less talented (LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss). Combine the fact that Auburn is more talented than Mississippi State and the fact that this is at home for the Tigers. Auburn should have a fair shot to win this game.

Something has to give for Auburn's offense

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Auburn hasn’t scored a touchdown in six quarters. The Tigers are going to find some type of rhythm against an average Mississippi State defense.

Historically, Auburn doesn't lose to Mississippi State

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Auburn is 29-8 against Mississippi State at home. Another note is not necessarily MSU-related, but Auburn hasn’t lost back-to-back games this season.

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