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Mississippi State vs Oklahoma State Week 1 College Football Picks

SEC meets Big 12 this afternoon as the Mississippi State Bulldogs tangle with the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Texas Kickoff Classic at Reliant Stadium. Today's season opening meeting between Mississippi State and Oklahoma State is scheduled to get underway at 3:30pm ET on ABC. Week 1 College Football Picks are favoring the Cowboys at -11 against the spread and -450 on the money line ($450 wins $100). The Over/Under in this afternoon's contest is set at 62.5 points.

Mississippi State got off to a wonderful 7-0 start last season, but it amassed its impressive record against poor to mediocre competition. The real Bulldogs were revealed in the season's second half as they were decimated by teams like Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, and Ole Miss.

Mississippi State lost those four games by an average of 23.3 points and it fell 20-34 to Northwestern in the Gator Bowl.

The Bulldogs poor finish did little to stir optimism in Starkville that Dan Mullen's squad is ready to move up the SEC ranks. Mississippi State's overall schedule is far less forgiving this year and its conference slate it brutal as well with South Carolina taking the place of Tennessee.

The Bulldogs will be tested right out of the chute this season with No. 13 Oklahoma State  on tap in the Texas Kickoff Classic at Reliant Stadium.

The Cowboys, like the Bulldogs, are coming off an 8-5 season, but they are more highly regarded than their week one opponent. Oklahoma State returns 15 starters (eight offense, seven defense) and 47 lettermen and its defense may actually be on par with its offense this season. That is saying something considering the Pokes have averaged over 44 points per game each of the last three years.

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has a wealth of athletic and talented players at his disposal and the team speed on the defensive side of the ball should create a lot of problems for the Bulldogs offense.

College Football Picks Betting Trend: Mississippi State is 0-6 straight up and 1-5 against the spread in its last six games as an 11 to 13.5 point underdog.

Mississippi State vs Oklahoma State Week 1 College Football Picks:

Mississippi State Bulldogs +11 (-110), Over 63 (-110), +350 (Moneyline)

Oklahoma State Cowboys -11 (-110), Under 63 (-110), -450 (Moneyline)

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