By the Numbers Preview -- MSU vs. Texas A&M

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

A look at a few numbers of interest for today's showdown.

1 -- Texas A&M's conference rank for scoring offense in the SEC (4th nationally). The Aggies average SEVEN touchdowns a game. Mississippi State's average? Four.

10 -- Where Dak Prescott ranks in rushing yardage per game in the SEC. Johnny Manziel is just behind him at 13th. From what I can tell looking at the list, the Bulldogs and Aggies are the only schools whose leading rusher is their QB.

13 -- Texas A&M's conference rank for rushing defense. Teams have been able to carve the Aggie defense up a bit this season, and there's a strong chance that MSU will try to utilize the same tactics on Saturday. If MSU can avoid the pre-snap penalties and establish the ground game, they may be able to keep things close, and more importantly, keep Johnny Manziel off the field for as long as possible.

18 -- Different players have caught passes for Mississippi State this season, including QB Dak Prescott. That's good enough for 5th in the NCAA. UCLA leads with 22.

20 -- Straight wins for MSU when leading at halftime. The Bulldogs have had success starting well, but often times things begin going off the rails before halftime. If State could go in with a lead today, that would go a long way towards stealing a win at Kyle Field.

24 -- Consecutive losses for MSU against top 10 teams.

31 --Straight losses when the opponent leads going into the fourth quarter. Again, we have to find a way to maintain success throughout the entire game, not just the first drive.

48 -- If Gabe Jackson starts as he should for MSU today, it will be his 48th consecutive start at guard for the Bulldogs. In an age where injuries occur all the time, that may be the most impressive stat for MSU's entire team. Jackson trails Georgia's Aaron Murray by one game for the SEC and NCAA lead in career active starts.

52 -- Points scored by opponents against Mississippi State in the fourth quarter. In turn, the Bulldogs have scored just 23: their lowest of any quarter. MSU has scored 96 points in the second quarter so far this year for comparison. The fourth quarter woes have got to change if MSU is going to have any chance in the final four games.

72 -- The expected high temperature at Kyle Field for today's game.

100 -- Kicking percentage (2-for-2) for new MSU field goal kicker Evan Sobiesk on the season. Sobiesk took over for Devon Bell last week and made a 38 yarder in his only attempt.

379 -- Rushing yards by Auburn in their 45-41 win over Texas A&M. I know this is a bit repetitive, but the Bulldogs will have to establish the run game to have a chance.

556 -- Yards of offense for MSU against Alcorn State. That was the highest output for the Bulldogs all season, and it turned out to be a balanced one at that too (277 rushing; 279 passing).

1,147 -- Receiving yardage Mike Evans has racked up ALREADY this season. He also has 12 touchdowns to add to that. My goodness, that guy is good.

0 -- Wins versus the top 15 for Dan Mullen. He'll get yet another shot today.

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