2014 Orange Bowl Picks – Mississippi State vs Georgia Tech Odds


What appeared as if a spot in the College Football Playoff converted into a solution for a lesser but nonetheless prestigious Orange Bowl for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who failed to find yourself in the utmost effective four adhering to a devastating loss to the Ole Miss Rebels in the Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs can still finish the entire year, though, on a winning note because they undertake the dangerous Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who nearly sent the Florida State Seminoles out of the CFP picture.

2014 Orange Bowl PicksWhere: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens

When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 4:00 PM ET

Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs (-7) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+7); total: 61.5  – view all NCAA Football line

Mississippi State was near being area of the inaugural College Football Playoff, however the Bulldogs didn’t sustain the momentum they got from the nine-game winning streak to open the season. In the end, the Bulldogs could be relegated into being the SEC’s representative to the Orange Bowl after losing to the Ole Miss Rebels, 31-17, in the Egg Bowl.

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Regardless of the ugly ending of the Bulldogs’regular season, though, the Bulldogs still have many positives to keep in mind using this season. That features their becoming No. 1 in the polls after three consecutive wins over ranked teams in LSU, Texas A&M, and Auburn, respectively.

Emerging as the team’s star was dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott, who finished the regular season with 2996 passing yards and and 939 rushing yards. Behind the prolific quarterback, the Bulldogs could end up being the 15th-highest scoring team in the nation, because they averaged 37.2 PPG. The Bulldogs, though, ran in to a wall in the proper execution of Ole Miss’defense, one that’s ranked best in the nation with regards to scoring defense, as the Rebels allow just 13.8 PPG.

From the Rebels, Mississippi State managed 445 yards but just had difficulty extending their drives, only converting eight of these 21 third-down chances. Prescott and company, however, can expect a more lenient Yellow Jackets defense that surrenders 25.1 PPG to opposing teams.

Furthermore, Georgia Tech is near underneath of the rankings in the FBS with regards to opponents third down conversion percentage.  Georgia Tech is 116th in the nation because department, allowing opposing teams to convert 46.10% of these third downs.

The under is 3-0 in Mississippi State’s last three games overall.

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By virtue of the ACC champions Florida State Seminoles being contained in the College Football Playoff, Georgia Tech will now relish the opportunity to represent the ACC in the Orange Bowl, as the Yellow Jackets finished the regular season as the conference’s runner-ups adhering to a 37-35 loss at the hands of the ‘Noles in the conference’s championship game. Looking forward to the Yellow Jackets in Miami is Mississippi State.

In regards to offense, Georgia Tech has the firepower to help keep in step with the Bulldogs. Like Prescott, the Yellow Jackets also have a powerful quarterback who is able to make plays with his legs in Justin Thomas. The sophomore signal-caller finished the regular season with 1,594 passing yards and 17 touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 965 yards on the floor with five touchdowns to boot.

The Yellow Jackets, however, favors the running game more as evidenced by their conference-leading 333.62 rushing yards per game. In the ACC title game, Georgia paid little respect to the Seminoles’defense as the Yellow Jackets gathered 331 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Alongside Thomas, running backs Zach Laskey and Synjyn Days belong in the ACC’s set of top 10 rushers. Laskey and Days finished the regular season with 71.64 and 57.92 rushing yards, respectively. Mississippi State has been stingy from the rush this year, limiting their opponents down seriously to just 126.50 rushing yards per game, but Georgia Tech shouldn’t be deterred in pounding the rock to the backfield. In the end, the Yellow Jackets saw Ole Miss exploit the Bulldogs defense for 205 rushing yards.

The Yellow Jackets are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. 2014 Orange Bowl Picks Bet on Beneath the total and Mississippi State Minus the points.


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