- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

No. 24 Mississippi State (6-2, 2-2 SEC, No. 20 CFP) at Missouri (4-4, 1-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Mississippi State by 8

Series Record: Missouri leads 2-0

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Mississippi State has won three in a row and is pushing to be a factor in the West. The school will need help but can make up ground later this month with home games against No. 7 Alabama and No. 19 Mississippi. Missouri’s season has gone sour. QB Maty Mauk was suspended for the remainder of the season on Sunday, just days after being reinstated from a four-game suspension. Under freshman Drew Lock, the Tigers have mustered just 12 points - all on field goals - during a three-game losing streak.

KEY MATCHUP

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott against Missouri defense. Prescott has 2,048 yards passing, second in the SEC, and 14 touchdowns, and threw 288 consecutive passes without an interception before getting picked off against Kentucky. Prescott tied the school record with six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing. Missouri is ranked among the national leaders in several categories, including fifth in scoring defense at 12.5 points per game, sixth in tackles for loss, 10th in total defense and 11th in passing yards allowed.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Mississippi State: WR De’Runnya Wilson. He leads the Bulldogs with 524 yards receiving and six touchdowns, doing his part for a school that has scored at least 42 points in all three games during the winning streak with victory margins of 25, 28 and 26 points.

Missouri: DE Charles Harris. He leads the team with 15 1-2 tackles for loss, including six sacks, in his first year as starter.

FACTS & FIGURES

The schools are meeting for the first time since 1984, when Missouri won 47-30 at home. … The losing streak is Missouri’s longest since 2009, with two of the setbacks by three points. … This is the third Thursday night game for Missouri and first since 2009. … Mississippi State is bowl eligible for a school-record sixth straight year. Three was the previous best prior to the Dan Mullen era. … Mississippi State has scored 42 or more points in three straight games for the first time in school history.

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