Breaking The Huddle: Week 7 Review

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Before Week 6, AL.com writer Kevin Scarbinsky told the state of Mississippi to “Put up or shut your trap” and then before week 7 ESPN’s PTI (Pardon The Interruption) told the state of Mississippi “It’s Over” on their Friday afternoon show. Hmm, wonder how that crow taste? In all fairness, Scarbinsky did write this article bragging on the MSU fan base this past weekend. The two SEC programs in the state of Mississippi just keep rolling and impressing. Even to the tune of a #1 ranking for Mississippi State. Let’s take a look at how these two programs impressed this past weekend.

Related Coverage: Mississippi STATEment: Recapping the Victory Over Auburn
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 Auburn at Mississippi State

1604909_10100875882586499_4144216967337710614_n1 Mississippi State jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 38-23 victory over the Auburn Tigers. Auburn committed two costly turnovers in the opening minutes that resulted in Bulldog touchdowns and they never could quite recover against a Mississippi State defense that just keeps coming after you. Once again, Geoff Collins “Psycho Defense” came to play and was able to slow down one of the nations best offenses. It all starts in the trenches for the Bulldogs who are able to throw as many as 10 different players into the game and not miss a beat on the  DLine. The same can be said for the offense as well. Yes, Mississippi State has a Heisman candidate in Dak Prescott and several other talented play makers in Josh Robinson and De’Runnya Wilson, but they can do what they do because of that dominating Offensive Line. Even with 7 and 8 in the box, Auburn could not stop the state running game and Prescott was able to stand in the pocket with little to no pressure the majority of the game. The offensive and defensive lines are what truly make this Mississippi State team so hard to beat and why I think they will make it to the Egg Bowl 11-0. If you’re still on the fence, consider this. Mississippi State didn’t play its best game committing 4 turnovers and yet they still beat a very good Auburn team by 15 points. Whenever they made a mistake, the Bulldogs just bounced back and moved forward. Mississippi State also managed to capitalize on every Auburn mistake, putting three turnovers in the end zone and running the clock out after the last INT. That shows leadership, confidence, and character. This bulldog team is full of all three. The new AP #1 Mississippi State gets a week off before traveling to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats. Auburn will also have a week off before hosting South Carolina.

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Ole Miss at Texas A&M

Ole Miss came in to College Station following a big emotional win against Alabama and many(myself included) thought that would lead to a let down against A&M. They couldn’t have been more wrong. Ole Miss got out to a quick start scoring two TDs in the first quarter and added a third on a Cody Prewitt pick six in the second to go up 21-0 at halftime. A&M tried to get back in it in the fourth but it was too little too late as Ole Miss held on to win 35-20. Ole Miss had probably their most balanced performance of the year on offense passing for 178 and rushing for 160. The rushing game has been on and off for Ole Miss but they added some QB runs to the game plan as Wallace ended the game as the lead rusher for both teams with 50 yards and two TDs. Sure it wasn’t a ton of yards but it was enough to keep the A&M defense honest and give the receivers room to operate down field. Ole Miss will play host to Tennessee this weekend while Texas A&M will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama.

Related Coverage: Big XII Monday Wrap-Up

Best and Worse Performances of Week 7

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Best Performance of Week 7: Baylor scores 24 unanswered to win 

TCU probably thought that the game was in hand. Usually when you’re up by 21 points in the fourth quarter you can start to take a breath. Well, lesson learned. Don’t breath till the clock hits zero against the Baylor Bears.

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Worse Performance of Week 7: TCU allowing that comeback

It’s bad enough that you gave up 782 total yards over the course of the game but then you all of a sudden couldn’t move the ball in the fourth quarter? You scored 58 points in the game but for the last 11:38 you managed just two first downs and could not run just one more minute off the clock. That is inexcusable and enough to earn you Worse Performance of the week despite the success your offense had in the fist three quarters of the game. That is what you call a Classic Choke Job.

A Good Sports Hang’s Playoff Picks

ncaa-football-logoFor the rest of the season I will gather a couple of writers to pick their top four teams to make the first NCAAF playoff.  This week you get my opinion on the matter along with writers Justin Neely and Jason Goodson. While it may not play out this way I see two SEC teams getting in if they put the four BEST teams in. That remains to be seen but for now here are our four best teams as of week 7.

Stu Shoemake’s Picks

  1. Mississippi State – No one in college football has a better resume.
  2. Florida State – Until someone beats them, they are here.
  3. Baylor – I think they win out in the Big XII
  4. Ole Miss – If they win the Egg Bowl, they swap places with Mississippi State.

Justin’s Neely’s Picks

Justin Says: Everyone of these teams schedules line up as long as they take care of business and not relax. These teams are the most well rounded teams of 2014.

  1. Mississippi State
  2. Baylor
  3. Oregon
  4. Michigan State/Ole Miss

Jason Goodson’s Picks

  1. Mississippi State
  2. Ole Miss
  3. Baylor
  4. Florida State

Follow Stu on Twitter: @StuShoemake

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