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RTI Pick 6: Week 14

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 No. 4 Mississippi State (-2.5) at No. 19 Ole Miss 3:30 pm Saturday CBS

Daniel: This one has certainly lost some luster after Mississippi State lost to Alabama and Ole Miss has gone into a bit of a tailspin the past few weeks. But like the Iron Bowl, the Egg Bowl can be anybody’s game. And with Ole Miss hosting, I expect the Rebels to put up quite a fight, even without Laquon Treadwell. Still, Mississippi State simply has more to play for and had a pretty easy go of it last week at Vanderbilt. I like the Bulldogs to go into Oxford and keep their playoff status in tact. Winner: MSU 24- 21

Houston:  I hate to say it, but I think Ole Miss has rolled over. Whatever we saw last week in Fayetteville was about as pitiful of a performance as I can remember from a top-10 team on the road. Ole Miss has now lost three out of their last four games, as well as any momentum they we carrying earlier in the year. Bo Wallace has regressed and the Rebel rushing attack just isn’t getting it done. Mississippi State and Dak Prescott still have a lot to play for in 2014 and I think that motivation will be the difference. If this game was in Starkville I’d probably pick the Dogs big, but as it stands, I’ll take them by a touchdown. Winner: MSU 31-24

Reed: Much like my picks stamina, Ole Miss is just running out of steam. Treadwell’s injury clearly shook up the Rebels – they haven’t been the same since he went down. Mississippi State has been awful in Oxford this millennium, going 1-6, but this Bulldog team is special. They don’t have the best defense in the SEC, but they routinely make enough clutch plays to win games. Winner: Mullen’s Contract 24-17

Wes: A month ago, we thought the Egg Bowl might be a one-versus-two showdown. Alas, we were counting our chickens before they hatched. Still, this game means everything to the Bulldogs’ playoff hopes, and you know the Rebels would love to spoil their rival’s unprecedented season. One problem: Ole Miss is depleted and demoralized after getting shut out at Arkansas, while State regained its rhythm post-Alabama by whipping Vanderbilt. A Mississippi team that managed only 63 rushing yards against Arkansas won’t get it done against a Bulldog team with the league’s third-best rushing defense. State scores late to rub the Rebels’ noses in the Mississippi clay. Winner: Mississippi State 27-13

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