The Mississippi State Bulldogs may have kicked the snot out of Auburn last week for a reason.
The Bulldogs said they may have been inside the Tigers' playbook, which was a key reason why Auburn's offense couldn't get anything going in a 28-10 defeat last week.
"We do a great job of preparing and we knew what the play was before they ever ran them," senior defensive back Corey Broomfield told the Columbus (Miss.) Dispatch (via USAToday.com). "That's not a joke. We knew what they were doing, where the ball was going and who was getting it before the ball was snapped."
Miss State was just a 3-point favorite in that game, though they held Auburn QB to Kiehl Frazier to just 1-of-7 passing for 2 yards in the first half.
Auburn closed its practices this week and Mississippi State moves on to Troy, where the Bulldogs are set as hefty 16 point favorites.
Pete Korner of the influential Las Vegas oddsmaking service The Sports Club, opened the line at 13 points before it was bet up by a field goal this week.
Korner says if they'd known about Miss State getting inside the playbook of Auburn, it wouldn't have changed the line much.
"Maybe a point, or a point-and-a-half at most," he told Covers.
But if this game were closer, you'd have to wonder how bettors would have reacted to the opening line. This information didn't come out until mid-week.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen was immediately concerned this week his team would overlook Troy, a Sun Belt opponent that's been known to surprise. Only two other BCS schools from auto-qualifier conferences have ventured into Troy and both of them lost: Missouri (as an 11.5 point favorite) in 2004 and Oklahoma State (as a 10-point favorite) in 2007.
"We talked about that that sweet taste of victory Saturday will turn into the most sour taste in your mouth if we don't prepare properly this week," Mullen told the Dispatch Monday.
Mississippi State also had to contend with a report this week that suggested players took improper benefits from a booster.