Game Time: 10:15 p.m. ET
How to watch online: WatchESPN
Odds: BYU opened as a 4-point favorite. The line was bumped to 7 and 7.5 points elsewhere afterwards. Info comes via OddsShark.
For only the third time in history, the Mississippi State Bulldogs and BYU Cougars will tangle together on the gridiron on Friday night. The Bulldogs, 2-3 to this point, will face the 3-3 Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah for a late Friday night tilt that could offer Dan Mullen and his bunch an opportunity to get a solid nonconference win and get back on the right track. Last time we saw the Bulldogs, they were getting annihilated on their home turf by the suddenly surging Auburn Tigers. So, the chance to reverse course and get to .500 is insatiable to say the least.
What to watch for:
An offensive opportunity. The BYU Cougars don’t have the mightiest of defensive units. The Cougars are currently allowing 404.5 yards per game, with a mark of 278.7 yards being allowed through the air. Nick Fitzgerald will certainly have his moments to throw effectively during this game and if BYU’s porous defense is any indication, he could have a big night in Provo.
What’s in store for Jamaal Williams? BYU has a weapon at their disposal in the form of running back Jamaal Williams. Williams has helped carry the BYU offense so far -- pun intended -- and has been one of the best running backs in the country. Currently, he ranks second in yards (866) and second in rushing TD (10) behind San Diego State Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey and sensational quarterback Lamar Jackson of Louisville. The defensive gameplan starts and ends with stopping Williams, even though Taysom Hill is pretty darn good in his own right.