Notre Dame’s all-time records against SEC programs

A preview of programs the Irish could be playing in the distant future.

In case you haven’t heard, the ACC-Big Ten Challenge is going away after this week. It will be replaced with the ACC-SEC Challenge beginning in 2023. Notre Dame will get a preview of the yearly meeting with the conference when it faces Georgia on Dec. 18 in Atlanta. That will be it for the two sides this season unless they cross paths again in the postseason.

With this new event, it only makes sense to see how the Irish have stacked up against the SEC. Against current members, they have an all-time record of 47-66. That does not include the following programs that they never have played: Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State. Here’s how the Irish have done when facing everyone else, including future conference members Texas and Oklahoma:

Notre Dame bowl projections following 8-4 regular season

Which of these teams do you most want Notre Dame to play?

If you’d like to give yourself a challenge, try this exercise: In one word describe Notre Dame’s 2022 football regular season.

Turbulent? Confusing? Inspiring? Frustrating? Endearing?

All of the above certainly applies. Notre Dame finished its regular season 8-4 after not being able to stop USC enough times on Saturday night. Up next for the Irish will likely be a few stars declaring for the 2023 NFL draft while the coaching staff puts the final touches on the incoming recruiting class.

One more game remains for this Notre Dame squad. Where will the Irish head? The national prognosticators agree almost across the board, but who Notre Dame plays is anyone’s guess.

Notre Dame still ranked in updated USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Poll

A fair assessment for the Irish

The loss last night to USC wasn’t as bad as some other losses around the country, which is why Notre Dame didn’t fall too far in this weeks USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Poll. With teams just having a championship game left on the schedule, the College Football Playoff picture has become much clearer.

Georgia and Michigan are the clear top teams, which was shown in the rankings, TCU and USC control their own destiny while Ohio State and Alabama have outside shots at getting in. The coaches poll should resemble what we see on Tuesday. Find out below where each team ended up being ranked after this weeks action, with last weeks ranking in parenthesis.

Mississippi State vs Ole Miss Prediction Game Preview

Mississippi State vs Ole Miss game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 13 game on Thursday, November 24

Mississippi State vs Ole Miss prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 13, Thursday, November 24


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Mississippi State vs Ole Miss How To Watch

Date: Thursday, November 24
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, OH
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Mississippi State (7-4), Ole Miss (8-3)
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Why Mississippi State Will Win

The Ole Miss defense fell off the map over the second half of the season.

LSU ran all over it, Texas A&M was able to throw against it, and Arkansas did whatever it wanted against Rebel front that couldn’t hold up against the run and couldn’t stop the midrange passes.

Mississippi State has hardly been perfect, and it hasn’t been able to impose its will through the air like it’s supposed to, but QB Will Rogers should get plenty of time to work, the short throws will be there, and the running game might contribute to the effort, too.

The Bulldog ground game might be the second-worst in the country yardage-wise, but the team is 5-0 when averaging at least four yards per carry.

Ole Miss allows 4.3 yards per pop, but …

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Why Ole Miss Will Win

Here comes the Rebel running game.

The Mississippi State defensive front has been decent. but it’s about to deal with a backfield that rips off yards in big, giant chunks. Turnovers were the problem against Arkansas, but the offense averaged almost nine yards per carry on the way to 463 yards on the ground.

Clock control isn’t part of the plan for the Ole Miss attack, but it’ll move fast, average over five yards per carry, and it’ll make Mississippi State press a bit. That’s when the mistakes have to be forced.

Because of its style, every possession without a mistake matters for the Rebels. They’ve only turned it over more than once in three games – the Arkansas loss being one of them – and on the other side Mississippi State is 3-0 when coming up with three or more takeaways and 5-2 when generating two or more.

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What’s Going To Happen

The Mississippi State defense held up reasonably well in the 31-21 loss in last year’s Egg Bowl, but it couldn’t come up with enough good third down stops. That’s about to be the problem again.

The Ole Miss running style isn’t just about coming up with big yards; it’s about setting up easy chances to move the chains.

The Ole Miss offense is great on third downs. The Mississippi State offense – stunningly, considering what it does – isn’t.

Mississippi State is 6-1 at home – the one loss coming to Georgia – and 1-3 on the road. Ole Miss is 5-1 at home – the one loss coming to Alabama – and 3-2 on the road.

The Rebels make it three in a row in the series.

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Mississippi State vs Ole Miss Prediction, Line

Ole Miss 30, Mississippi State 27
Line: Ole Miss -2.5, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Mississippi State vs Ole Miss Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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Mississippi State vs East Tennessee State Prediction Game Preview

Mississippi State vs East Tennessee State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 12 game on Saturday, November 19

Mississippi State vs East Tennessee State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 12, Saturday, November 19


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Mississippi State vs East Tennessee State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 19
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
How To Watch: ESPN+/SEC Network
Record: Mississippi State (6-4), East Tennessee State (3-7)
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Why East Tennessee State Will Win

The Buccaneers have just enough of an offense to at least provide a little bit of a push in the first half.

They buckle in the second halves of games, but they’re good at getting out to a decent start with a strong running game that averages five yards per carry – Jacob Saylors is a good back to worry about – and the receiving corps has enough options to spread the ball around.

The defense makes up for issues with plenty of takeaways, but …

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Why Mississippi State Will Win

Can East Tennessee State stop the pass? Not really.

110th in the FCS against the pass, the Bucs allowed 265 yards per game, but that’s not even the real issue. It’s the inability to generate any pressure as quarterbacks are connecting on way too many passes.

Mississippi State doesn’t have to do anything crazy. All it has to do is hit the midrange throws like it normally does and control the game with a ton of manageable third down plays.

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What’s Going To Happen

After struggling against Auburn and losing three of the last four games, even this late in the season the Bulldogs have some work to do before dealing with the trip to Ole Miss.

It’s Senior Day, the offense needs to get its timing back – Mississippi State needs to be steadier at connecting on 70% of its throws again – and it’ll use this to get ready for the Egg Bowl showdown.

The Ole Miss game is Thursday – the idea will be to get this over with fast to get the starters off the field.

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Mississippi State vs East Tennessee State Prediction, Line

Mississippi State 58, East Tennessee State 10
Line: TBA, o/u: TBA
ATS Confidence out of 5: TBA
Mississippi State vs East Tennessee State Must See Rating (out of 5): 1

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Notre Dame bowl projections following win over Navy

Is there a Mayo dumping in Marcus Freeman’s future?

Where will Notre Dame be headed this postseason?  It seems like the answer to that question is one of two places.  Either out west to take on a Pac-12 opponent in a bowl game the Irish have never participated in before, or to Jacksonville to take on an SEC foe in a game Notre Dame hasn’t played in since the conclusion of Tyrone Willingham’s first season as head coach.

However, there are a couple of others to put into the mix and one or two that we’ll file under the category of “I’ll have what he’s having”.  Check out the latest bowl projections for Notre Dame from the national prognosticators below.

Georgia vs Mississippi State Prediction Game Preview

Georgia vs Mississippi State game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 11 game on Saturday, November 12

Georgia vs Mississippi State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12


Georgia vs Mississippi State How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Georgia (9-0), Mississippi State (6-3)
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Why Georgia Will Win

The Dawgs are rolling again after owning the lines and doing a fantastic job of hitting the deep shot in the first half of the 27-13 win over Tennessee. Most importantly, the defense kept the high-powered Vols passing game to under 200 yards.

This just in – Mississippi State likes to throw the ball.

The MSU Bulldogs aren’t going to push the ball deep all that often, but they’re going to dink and dunk to slowly move the ball down the field. That’s fine – the Georgia defensive backs can tackle.

There’s a Miss State running game, but it’s not going to do anything on a consistent basis against the Georgia defensive front. To win, MSU has to hit at least 68% of its passes for 320 yards or more – it’s 6-0 when throwing for over 300 yards and 0-3 when it doesn’t.

Georgia has yet to allow anyone to come up with more than 275.

But …

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Why Mississippi State Will Win

Will there be a Georgia letdown?

Coming off the big win over Florida in the annual rivalry and the most watched game of the year in the showdown against Tennessee, the Dawgs now have their path clear. All they have to do is get to the SEC Championship, win it, and they’re in.

For all the amazing things the No. 1 team in the country can do, it’s not generating enough steady pressure. No, Mississippi State isn’t going to hit the deep shots, but as long as QB Will Rogers is able to get time to connect on midrange throws, this can work.

There were two against the Vols, but Georgia generally doesn’t come up with a slew of takeaways. Rogers has to be careful with the ball, hit his third down throws, and the home aspect has to matter.

Mississippi State is 5-0 at home, 1-3 on the road, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Georgia is a wee bit better than anyone who made the trip to Starkville so far.

It might have a little problem getting going early on – again, don’t be stunned if there’s a little bit of an intensity lag – but it’ll come.

Stetson Bennett will continue to be solid, the defense will bend but won’t break enough to matter, and it’ll be a methodical win to lock up the SEC East.

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Georgia vs Mississippi State Prediction, Line

Georgia 34, Mississippi State 17
Line: Georgia -16.5, o/u: 53.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Georgia vs Mississippi State Must See Rating (out of 5): 3.5
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Which teams could prevent Georgia from repeating as national champs?

Teams that pose biggest threat to Georgia’s hopes of repeating as national champs:

With three regular-season games to go, it’s hard to imagine No. 1 Georgia (9-0) losing a matchup remaining on its schedule, though it’s certainly not an easy stretch. UGA has road games at Mississippi State and Kentucky before closing with Georgia Tech at home.

But will UGA face LSU, Ole Miss or Alabama in the SEC title? What about the playoffs? LSU is on pace to clinch the SEC West. But it needs to beat Arkansas this weekend (LSU minus-3, per BetMGM).

Georgia’s looking to repeat as national champions this season. So far those prospects are looking good for the Dawgs. They’re 9-0 and the odds of repeating are sitting at plus-110, per BetMGM. But winning a national championship is hard enough. Repeating is extremely difficult. … I’d imagine.

Seven teams that pose the biggest threat to Georgia repeating as national champs:

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Georgia vs. Mississippi State picks and predictions

Georgia football (9-0) will take its new No. 1 College Football Playoff ranking to Starkville for a matchup with the Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-3) on Saturday.

UGA is rolling off of five-straight SEC wins capped off with a 27-13 beat down on formerly No. 1 Tennessee a week ago. MSU is coming off of a 39-33 overtime win over Auburn in Week 10. Will Rogers, Mississippi State’s quarterbacks, attempts on average 48 passes per game and is sixth in the nation with 2,912 yards.

The game is set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Georgia is a 16.5 point favorite to win this game, per BetMGM. The over/under is set at 53.5.

Predicting outcome of every remaining UGA game, including postseason

Score predictions for every remaining game on UGA’s schedule, plus postseason projections

With three regular season games to go, it’s hard to imagine No. 1 Georgia (9-0) losing a matchup remaining on its schedule, though it’s certainly not an easy stretch. UGA has road games at Mississippi State and Kentucky before closing with Georgia Tech at home.

But will UGA face LSU, Ole Miss or Alabama in the SEC title? What about the CFP? LSU is on pace to clinch the SEC West. But first, it needs to beat Arkansas this weekend (LSU -3, per BetMGM).

I predicted the outcome of every game remaining on Georgia’s schedule, the SEC championship and the College Football Playoff.