The No. 10 LSU Tigers can redeem their season on Saturday afternnon as they square off against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium.
A back and forth battle against Georgia resulted in a debilitating 44-41 loss and a drop in the rankings for the Tigers. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger tossed three touchdowns and 372 yards, and is now second in the SEC in touchdowns thrown, but LSU let up 196 rushing yards and a 25-yard touchdown from quarterback Aaron Murray to Justin Scott-Wesley with less than two minutes remaining.
As a team, LSU also rushed for a season-low 77 yards. Sophomore Jeremy Hill’s 86 yards on the ground were largely negated by Mettenberger’s four attempts for minus-26 yards, while junior receiver Jarvis Landry posted new career-highs with 10 catches for 156 yards and his seventh touchdown of the year.
Landry, along with Odell Beckham, could feast on Mississippi State and their young secondary.
Of the Bulldogs 18 defensive backs 12 are underclassman, a major experience gap that could mean a huge game for LSU. However, Mississippi State is still 16th in the nation with 14.8 points allowed per game, led sophomore linebacker Benardrick McKinney’s 24 tackles. The defense has also surrendered only three rushing touchdowns in four games.
Two weeks ago the Mississippi State blew out Troy 62-7, kick started by junior defensive back Jamerson Love’s 70-yard interception return for a touchdown, and three total touchdowns by sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott.
Prescott leads his team in passing and rushing, highlighted by five rushing touchdowns, but he’s likely to split snaps with senior quarterback Tyler Russell, who sat out the last three games due to a concussion.
Both will have to combine their powers for a dominant performance on Saturday to break LSU’s stranglehold on the all-time series. The Tigers are 20-1 all-time against Mississippi State, including 13 straight victories.
The game kicks- off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by ESPN, or watch a live online stream at Watch ESPN here.
Betting Odds: LSU favored by 9.5 points.
Over/Under: 55.5 points.
Prediction: LSU 40, Mississippi State 20