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Mississippi State Football: Previewing Week 2

The Bulldogs head home to Starkville 1-0, as they take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.

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Broadcast Information

The game is at 2:30 p.m. CT and can be watched on ESPNU.

What to Watch For

Osirus Mitchell as a deep threat

At 6-foot-5, Mitchell’s height can create mismatches for the opposition. As he led Mississippi State in receiving against Louisiana, expect big numbers tomorrow. Likely to be one-on-one with 5-foot-10 Golden Eagle defensive back Ty Williams, Mitchell has the clear advantage. With Mitchell’s size comes athleticism, as the two will be a sure nightmare.

Mitchell looks like the number one option for quarterback Tommy Stevens and certainly has the tools to be. Look for Mitchell to have a day with at least 100 yards and possibly multiple touchdowns.

Chauncey Rivers on the edge

A quick first step and nose for the football should be enough to get after Southern Miss signal caller Jack Abraham, as Rivers looks to post his first sack(s) of the season. Though he may not drop back often, Rivers can set the edge and neutralize the run game.

Per Rivers’ speed, Mississippi State is likely to blitz frequently. While Rivers is not a stat stuffer, expect a filled stat line against the Golden Eagles. Rivers’ day should include 10 plus tackles along with a big play or two.

Prediction

Mississippi State blazes by Southern Miss 42-20