November 5, 2011

Tennessee-Martin preview

Mississippi State heads into homecoming today needing a win to inch one step closer to bowl eligibility.

The Bulldogs are heavily favored over FCS opponent Tennessee-Martin this evening and hope to keep their streak of nine consecutive non-conference victories intact when the ball is kicked off at 6:30 p.m.

Today's matchup will be the first ever meeting between the two programs although the Skyhawks are 0-12 when facing an FBS program and will square off against a Southeastern Conference for the third time in four years. UT-Martin lost 37-20 against Auburn in 2008 and 50-0 to Tennessee last year.

It will also be the fourth homecoming game the Skyhawks have played in this season and are 2-1 in those contest.

MSU is coming off a 28-16 win on the road last week at Kentucky. It was the first SEC win for the Bulldogs this season. State found success rotating both Tyler Russell and Chris Relf at quarterback combining for 15-of-21 passing for 264 yards, four total touchdowns and one interception.

The Bulldogs are 4-4 overall on the year and need at least two more victories over their final four regular season contests to qualify for postseason play.

Mississippi State's offense comes into today averaging 379 yards and 24.5 points per game. The Bulldogs are throwing for 204.6 yards and gaining an additional 174.4 yards on the ground.

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