Two college football teams are going to break a losing streak this weekend when four teams on a combined 13-game losing streak collide.
Vanderbilt University will try to break a three-game losing streak on the road against the University of Mississippi. The Rebels enter the game on a three-game losing streak of their own.
The Commodores’ losing streak started with the University of Alabama and continued against the University of Florida. Vanderbilt spent last weekend getting beaten down by the University of Georgia.
A trip to the University of California started the Rebels’ losing streak with Alabama and Auburn University then laying back-to-back Alabama beatdowns on UM. Auburn trolled the Rebels by having their mascot, a tiger, dress up as a shark, the new Rebels mascot.
When conference foes weren’t trolling them, the Rebels have been outscored 110 to 26 in two SEC games. Vanderbilt has been outscored 142 to 38 in three SEC games. Needless to say, both the Rebels and Commodores are winless in conference play.
Alabama outscored both teams 125 to 3 as the lone common foe each team has played so far. But there aren’t many teams that the Crimson Tide doesn’t beat up on a weekly basis.
This game could end up meaning a lot for Vanderbilt. The Commodores currently have a 3-3 record, and a win here would give them four of the necessary six needed to reach a bowl game.
The Rebels are playing for pride since the team placed itself under a university-imposed bowl ban for this season. If interim coach Matt Luke wants the job permanently, he needs as many wins as possible.
Mississippi State comes off its bye week with a home game against Brigham Young University. The last two games before the off week were blowout losses to the University of Georgia and Auburn. MSU has been outscored 80-13 in its two SEC games.
BYU comes into this game on a five-game losing streak. After a season-opening win over Portland State University, it has been downhill for the Cougars.
Louisiana State University beat BYU 27-0, but two weeks later, MSU beat LSU 37-7. The Tigers are the lone common foe between these two teams.
A loss would push BYU to the brink of bowl elimination with six losses. The margin for error would become zero for the Cougars.
MSU might need this game to reach a bowl game. The Bulldogs are 3-2 with several big SEC games left to play.
The Rebels return home after three straight away games, and the Bulldogs played two road games before the bye week. Both teams will try to get back on track when they get to play at home for the first time since September.