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How and what to watch for Mississippi State vs. No. 13 Georgia

JT Daniels will finally suit up for No. 13 Georgia as the Dawgs return to Sanford Stadium for the first time in over a month to host Mississippi State.

JT Daniels of the USC Trojans runs out of the pocket during the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Daniels is expected to start for Georgia on Saturday. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs have struggled at times offensively throughout the season with inconsistent quarterback play, but a long anticipated transfer will finally get the start when the team welcomes the Mississippi State Bulldogs to Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

Prior to the postponement of last week’s game against Missouri, UGA was on the losing end of a debilitating 44-28 loss to hated rival Florida in Jacksonville. The ‘Dog’s season-long anxiety at quarterback came to ahead in the loss as both Stetson Bennett IV and D’Wan Mathis couldn’t muster much of anything against an unrelenting Gator defense, combining for just 112 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Enter JT Daniels, the transfer quarterback from USC who head coach Kirby Smart confirmed will make his first start on Saturday. The former five-star signal-caller Daniels transferred to UGA after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Trojans’ season opener against Fresno State last season and has been rehabbing it ever since.

On the opposing sideline, Mississippi State’s season has been a disaster since their season-opening victory over LSU. An avalanche of injuries, opt-outs and transfers have plagued the Maroon and White as Mike Leach’s air raid has struggled to produce results. They did get a little bit of a boost with a 24-17 victory over Vanderbilt two weeks ago before last week’s game against Auburn was postponed due to COVID.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Mississippi State vs. Georgia on Saturday, November 21st at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Mississippi State vs. Georgia (-25.5)
Point Total: O/U 44.5
Money line: N/A

  • Each of Georgia’s last six night games at Sanford Stadium have gone UNDER the total points line.
  • Mississippi State has failed to cover the spread in eight of its last nine games as a road underdog.
  • Georgia is 2-4 against the spread this season.

Betting splits

Mississippi State: (37% of handle, 52% percent of bets)
Georgia: (63% of handle, 48% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The attention will be on Daniels getting his first start but UGA is sporting the top ranked unit in defensive SP+ and matching up against a Mississippi State offense that is below average across the board in success rate.

Whether Georgia covers the 25.5 point total will hinge on how effective Daniels is in his first start. Even if he doesn’t explode like Alabama QB Mac Jones did against State, it’s not hard to imagine even Kirby Smart’s conservative offense covering.

Pick: Georgia (-25.5)

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