UCLA vs. USC showcase week 12 In-State Rivalries Previews and Predictions

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These two teams revive an underrated rivalry as both teams in the state of Mississippi look to get a much-needed win.

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The last ten games of this in-state rivalry: The Bulldogs have won seven times during the past ten games that these two schools have played one another.

The last five games of this in-state rivalry: Mississippi State has won the last five, with the most recent victory coming in 2019.

The distance between these two schools: Approximately 175 miles separates these two colleges.

Interesting Fact about this rivalry: Mississippi State won the first five games of this in-state rivalry. However, Southern Miss won seven straight games from 1977 to 1983 and the Golden Eagles won 10 of 12 from 77 to 88.

Best game between these two schools since 1980: On, September 20, 1986, Mississippi State lost to USM 24 to 28. The offensive coordinator at USM at the time, the late Keith Daniels, called all 18 plays of the drive that resulted in Shelton Gandy’s game-winning touchdown for the Golden Eagles. Subsequently, an overwhelmed Daniels wept when discussing the winning drive, which was genuinely among the best this eye has ever seen.

Current Win Streak in this in-state rivalry: Mississippi State has won the last five games between these two schools, having a five-game winning streak in this rivalry.

The last meeting between both teams in this rivalry: The Bulldogs defeated the Golden Eagle at home by a final score of 38-15.

Final Score Prediction for this Game: Mississippi State 34 Southern Miss 21