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Mississippi State's Jo'quavious Marks celebrates after scoring the Bulldogs first touchdown on Louisiana Tech defender in the first quarter.

The Matchup: N.C. State at Mississippi State

Where: Davis Wade Stadium (61,337), Starkville

TV: ESPN2, 6 p.m.

Series: Tied 3-3. N.C. State leads 1-0 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 51-28 in 2015 Belk Bowl. 

Coaches – Mississippi State: Mike Leach, 5-7 at MSU (2nd year) and 144-97 overall (20th season). N.C. State: Dave Doeren, 56-46 at N.C. State (9th season) and 79-50 overall (11th season).

Trends: MSU is coming off its largest comeback in program history... MSU scored 21-unanswered points in its Week 1 win against La. Tech... MSU posted the second-highest run defense grade (92.1) among all FBS teams in Week 1 according to PFF... N.C. State ran for 293 yards in its season opener

Notes: MSU's had three receivers (Makai Polk, Jamire Calvin, Rara Thomas) start in their program debuts... MSU expects to have De'Monte Russell and Malik Heath back against N.C. State... MSU starting right guard Kwatrivous Johnson will be available against N.C. State 

Prediction: N.C. State 36-35

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