Georgia football vs. Mississippi State: Preview, predictions, live stream

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Two top-ranked teams in the SEC face off in what could be another upset. Here’s all you need to know as Georgia football faces off against the Mississippi State.

The 11th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start, but so are the 17th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mississippi State began the season unranked until their upset victory of then 12th-ranked LSU, 37-7 last week. Now, head coach Dan Mullen and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald look to pull off another upset for the second-straight week.

Mississippi State is averaging 297.7 rushing yards per game this season behind seven passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns from Fitzgerald. He’s got 543 yards through the air and 240 yards on the ground.

The Bulldogs enter their SEC opener with the possibility of being without starting quarterback Jacob Eason. Eason is week-to-week after suffering a sprained knee in Week 1. True freshman Jake Fromm has done well in Eason’s place. He’s thrown for 449 passing yards and five passing touchdowns as the backup. Georgia is averaging 230.0 rushing yards per game as a team themselves.

Here’s how you can watch Georgia vs. Mississippi State:

Date: Saturday, Sept. 23
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Athens, Georgia
Venue: Sanford Stadium
Live Stream: WatchESPN

Keys to victory

The Georgia Bulldogs and Mississippi State Bulldogs are set to clash with two strong running games. Running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are the featured backs for Georgia. Chubb has 290 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns this season. Sony Michel has ran for 160 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

If quarterback Jake Fromm can get them going and find wide receiver Terry Godwin in the passing game, things could come easy for Georgia. However, Mississippi State has allowed 9.3 points per game through their first three games. So we’ll see if Georgia can keep up their efforts in their conference opener.


Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and the Mississippi State Bulldogs pulled off the upset last week, this week they’ll have another opportunity to do so on the road. They shut down the LSU Tigers running game, holding running back Derrius Guice to 76 rushing yards before he left in the third quarter with an injury.

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Mississippi State proved they could shut down one offense last week and their defense held strong, only allowing seven points to LSU, a favorite to win the SEC. They should be able to do it again this week, but it’ll be close.

Final Score: Mississippi State 35, Georgia 30