Music City Bowl 2019: Mississippi State Vs. Louisville Betting Line & Pick

Music City Bowl 2019 Betting Preview

The Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Louisville Cardinals in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 30.

Everyone might remember how Mississippi State’s regular season ended with a one-point victory in the Egg Bowl. It was a bizarre ending, to say the least, as an Ole Miss player celebrated by pretending to urinate on the sideline, which resulted in a 15-yard penalty that ultimately led to a missed extra point. 

Louisville wasn’t nearly as impressive in its rivalry game against Kentucky in the regular-season finale, as the Cardinals lost 45-13. 

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Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Louisville Cardinals Betting Odds

Mississippi State vs. Louisville
-190 Moneyline -160
-4 (-110) Spread +4 (-110)
O 63.5 (-110) Total U 63.5 (-110)
Bet On Mississippi State Vs. Louisville College Football Game At has Mississipi State as a four-point favorite in this game. The total is set at 63.5. There hasn’t been a lot of line movement as the Bulldogs opened as 3.5-point favorites.

Bulldogs Hope To Avenge Last Year’s Bowl Loss

Mississippi State will be looking to get some redemption from its loss to Iowa in last year’s Outback Bowl. The Bulldogs fell 27-22 after closing as seven-point favorites. 

This will be Mississippi State’s 10th straight bowl appearance. The remarkable ending to the Egg Bowl was even more impressive because the Bulldogs needed the win to become bowl-eligible. 

After sitting at 3-5 and only 1-4 in the SEC after a loss to Texas A&M, it was looking like the Bulldogs’ nine-year bowl streak was going to come to an end. But the Bulldogs defeated Arkansas by 30, then beat Abilene Christian 41-3 before pulling out the one-point win over their in-state rival. They also lost to fifth-ranked Alabama 38-7 during that stretch.

Key Players

Freshman Garrett Shrader seems to have taken over the starting quarterback job. He is 88 of 153 for 1,170 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions this season. 

Deddrick Thomas has been Mississippi State’s go-to receiver, with 29 catches for 390 yards and two touchdowns. 

The offense ultimately runs through Kylin Hill, who has 1,347 yards on 235 carries with 10 touchdowns.

The Bulldogs’ Chauncey Rivers leads the team with five sacks. Defensively, they have forced 22 turnovers on the year with 10 interceptions. They allow 389.9 yards and 28.1 points per game.

Cardinals Just Happy To Be Bowling

After a 2-10 season last year, and a change at head coach to Scott Satterfield, Louisville is happy to be in a bowl game. The team finished at 7-5 and 5-3 in the ACC to claim second place in the Atlantic Division.

Defeating a 19th-ranked Wake Forest team on the road and a win against Virginia are the best games on the Cardinals’ resume.

Key Players

The offense is led by Javian Hawkins, who has 1,420 yards on 241 carries with eight touchdowns. Quarterback Micale Cunningham is 96 of 156 for 1,786 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

Tutu Atwell has had a tremendous season with 61 receptions for 1,129 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The defense has been an issue all year for the Cardinals. They allow 446.3 yards and 33.8 points per game. Monty Montgomery leads the team with five sacks. 

Mississippi State Vs. Louisville Music City Bowl 2019 Betting Prediction

Nashville is always an exciting place for fans traveling to the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals may find themselves just happy to still be playing, while Mississippi State will be all business, with this being its 10th straight trip to a bowl game. 

The Bulldogs have been much more impressive down the stretch, and we expect them to rely on Hill to win this one for them. The Cardinals’ defense will have trouble stopping this Mississippi State attack in what will be a high-scoring affair.

Bet on the Mississippi State -4 in this game.

Mississippi State Vs. Louisville Game Information

  • Date: Monday, Dec. 30, 2019
  • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
  • TV: ESPN

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