Senior quarterback Prescott and the Bulldogs (2-1, 0-1 SEC) visit Jordan-Hare Stadium for a 6:30 shootout with Auburn (2-1, 0-1). As both teams are already a game-down in league play, Saturday sets up as more of a must-not-lose than must-win. The survivor can still hold hopes of emerging on top of the West in November. The loser…will need a whole lot of help and maybe a miracle thrown in.
As Mississippi State continues preparations, one name constantly comes to the fore of any discussion about Bulldog chances. It is of course Prescott’s. Not just because he is the key to the entire offense, but because in his two meetings with Tiger teams Prescott has piled up impressive numbers.
Such as, a net of 713 offensive yards rushing or passing in the 2013 and ’14 games combined. He is also responsible for five touchdowns in those two contests. In fact, Auburn records show Prescott is the first opponent in four decades to rush for 100 yards and pass for 200 yards against a Tiger team, and he’s done so twice.
Passing has been Prescott’s preference so far this season, by a whopping ratio. He has rushed (called or forced) just 24 times in three games, but thrown 101 balls. With 65% of them completed few can argue the efficiency.
But, against a Tiger team with athletes all over the defensive side, both sides will watch if Prescott returns to his old strengths of, well, power running. Especially as in the two tests against Division IA opposition the Bulldog ground game sputtered more than usual for Coach Dan Mullen’s tenure.
After all, in his last two games against Tiger defenses Prescott averaged 5.9 yards each time he called his own number.