Both Mississippi State and Auburn bring 2-1 records and 0-1 SEC starts. And both are victims of current loop leader LSU. The Tigers have played the tougher overall schedule, while the Bulldogs do have a road win on their resume.
Differences? Host Auburn is reshuffling both their offense, with a new starting quarterback, and their defense to adjust for injuries and early-season issues. State has not gotten the running game really going yet against good competition, and tackling questions have arisen against everyone.
So whichever side finds the right fixes faster has the best chance to survive September with a league win and sustained SEC ambitions.