If you watch the betting odds, one thing is for certain: The Troy Trojans are no Texas A&M Aggies. While Mississippi State opened up as a touchdown underdog to Texas A&M last weekend, the Bulldogs opened up as whopping 31.5-point favorites over Troy. That line quickly dropped to 30.5.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about this game from a betting standpoint is that the games between Mississippi State and Troy have either been very close or complete blowouts.
In 2001, fans being forced to evacuate the stadium due to tornado warnings probably wished they had not returned as Troy came to Starkville and knocked off Mississippi State 21-7. The win handed the Trojans their first over a BCS opponent. The 2013 edition of the game proved to be a route as well, but this time Bulldog fans left Starkville in a pleasant mood as Mississippi State won 62-7.
The two contests in the middle of those games were much closer. In 2002, Troy nearly knocked off Mississippi State again, but the Bulldogs prevailed 11-8 when T. J. Mawhinney intercepted a pass to end any hopes of a Trojan comeback. In 2013, the Bulldogs traveled to Troy, and a third touchdown reception by Chad Bumphis provided the measure needed for Mississippi State to pick up a 30-24 win.