AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s first road game of the 2016 season is projected to be an extremely close one.
The Tigers (3-2, 1-1 SEC) opened as 1-point underdogs for their Week 6 matchup at Mississippi State (2-2, 1-1 SEC) on Sunday afternoon, according to Vegas Insider. The line moved up to 1.5 points in favor of the host Bulldogs but swung toward Auburn by 2 points on Sunday evening.
Auburn routed Louisiana-Monroe 58-7 in Week 5 to wrap up a 5-game home stand to start the season while Mississippi State had an off week. The Bulldogs, who lost to South Alabama and LSU earlier this season, defeated Massachusetts in their last game by a score of 47-35.
Gus Malzahn’s team has covered the spread in 4 of its first 5 games of the season, with the only loss coming in its 29-16 defeat at the hands of Texas A&M in Week 3. Mississippi State is 2-2 against the spread this season, covering in both of its SEC games.
The Tigers haven’t beaten Mississippi State since the 2013 season and haven’t won in Starkville since 2010. Last season, Auburn lost a 17-9 matchup with the Bulldogs in quarterback Sean White’s first career start.