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Mississippi State vs. Auburn Opening Odds: Tigers open as a 3-point road favorite

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The #2 Auburn Tigers open as a 3-point road favorite for Saturday's matchup with #3 Mississippi State in Starkville (2:30 p.m. CT kick, CBS).

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Mississippi State has opened as a 3-point underdog to the Auburn Tigers for next Saturday's SEC West showdown in Starkville, according to Wynn:

The Tigers and Bulldogs will square off in the highest-ranked matchup of two teams this season in a game that will further shape the SEC West race.  Mississippi State is coming off of a big 48-31 win over Texas A&M at home, while the Tigers easily handled LSU 41-7 at home on Saturday night.  Both teams will head into next Saturday at 5-0.

After being a bit surprised at how low the line opened last week in State's favor -- MSU opened as a 1-point dog and the line pushed to -2.5 MSU by kickoff -- I'm just as surprised that the Bulldogs are as much of a dog this week as they are.  Auburn is the higher rated team, and the Tigers have been in or near the top-5 nearly all season, so I guess I see the separation in teams at the opening.  Still, I would not be surprised to see this line shift in MSU's favor like it did versus Texas A&M last weekend.

The Bulldogs and Tigers will kick off week seven of the 2014 season on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT) in a game that will be televised by CBS.  The Bulldogs are also hosting ESPN's College Gameday pregame show for the first time ever on Saturday.

Here are a few other lines of note for week three of the 2014 college football season: