Mississippi State football team prepares to enter Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field as the Bulldogs get set to host the Memphis Tigers.Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State football vs. Arizona Wildcats: Bulldogs favored on the road vs. Wildcats

For the second game of the 2022 Mississippi State football season, Mike Leach and the Bulldogs will be heading west. MSU is gearing up to take on the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson, Arizona.

For whatever reason, the powers in charge of everything here decided we needed to watch Mississippi State play in the latest game we could possibly watch. For the folks on the east coast, this game is at 11 p.m. Central Time has this game slated for 10 p.m.

And so on and so forth.

Get your coffee and be prepared to stay awake for as long as possible. Mississippi State will be playing a late night contest.

This is a section from Mississippi State football vs. Arizona preview: Everything you need for Bulldogs vs. Wildcats. To view the full preview, click here.

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It shouldn’t come as a shock to many that the MSU Bulldogs would be favored over the Wildcats. Sure, this is a long trip across the country and Mississippi State isn’t the home team here. That should absolutely be acknowledged when discussing this game.

It should also be pointed out that while Arizona is still rebuilding its program, the Wildcats don’t have the same team from that 1-win squad a season ago. Arizona was able to get a solid week 1 win over San Diego State while out on the road.

The Wildcats have improved.

Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach walks with quarterback Will Rogers and wide receiver Jamire Calvin.
Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach walks with quarterback Will Rogers and wide receiver Jamire Calvin. Photo: Kevin Snyder/Mississippi State Athletics.

It remains to be seen just how much improvement that program has gone through though. And while there is improvement that can be observed, Mississippi State has almost certainly improved from a season ago as well. Year three of the Mike Leach era is off to a thrilling start after the Bulldogs demolished the Memphis Tigers in a late, rainy game in Starkville.

While there’s not likely to be as much rain this week, the game is still going to be late. And it’s a road contest. So, with all of that taken into consideration, the folks who like it when people bet on these sorts of events are still pretty confident that Mississippi State should win this game.

At the moment, the Bulldogs are a 10.5 point road favorite. That’s not bad. The over/under is currently set at 60.5 points. It probably wouldn’t be too shocking to see these two teams get past that, but it’s kinda hard to predict some of this given the sample size that we have to work with.

If you take a look at ESPN’s fancy PickCenter tool thing that’s right over here, you can get more insight into everything going on with the gambling scene on this one.

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