College Football Picks: Missouri vs. Mississippi

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 22, 2013 3:39 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 3:39 PM GMT

The Missouri Tigers have the opportunity of representing the East Division in the SEC championship game, but they’ll have a hard time getting passed the Mississippi Rebels Saturday. Find out where we believe the best value lies for your college football picks!

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this high-profile matchup at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Pole position

Missouri will land in the SEC title game if it wins each of its last two games, as it enters this game after enjoying its second bye week of the season. 

The Tigers have won two straight contests since suffering their only defeat of the 2013 campaign, which has landed them in the No. 8 spot in the BCS standings.

Streaking

Mississippi is riding a four-game winning streak, with the offense eclipsing the 500-yard mark in each of those affairs, including a school-record 751 in a 51-21 victory over the Troy Trojans as 28-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Rebels are bowl eligible for the second straight year under head coach Hugh Freeze, as they prepare to play their fourth ranked opponent of the season.

Franklin under center

College football handicappers need to realize that James Franklin is expected back under center for the Tigers, as he threw for 1,577 yards and 14 touchdowns with three interceptions before getting injured at Georgia on Oct. 12.

It’s important to point out that Missouri is one of just eight teams to rank in the Top 20 nationally in both offensive and defensive scoring.

Dangerous at home

The Rebels have covered both of their opportunities as a home underdog against conference opponents, which isn’t very surprising due to being the only team to rank in the upper half of SEC stats in every major offensive and defensive category.

Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace ranks fourth in the league in averaging 266.4 passing yards per game, which could present a problem for a Tigers’ defense that ranks last with 274.9 yards allowed through the air.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rebels for their college football picks, as they’ve gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games after throwing for 280 or more yards in their previous affair.

College Football Pick: Mississippi Rebels +3

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