LSU comes into the game having won its last six straight games versus Mississippi State. The Bulldogs haven't beaten the Tigers since a 17-16 decision in Starkville in 1999.
LSU rushing offense
vs. Miss. State rushing defense:
The LSU ground game was much
improved versus Tulane, but that was expected. The Tigers couldn't run it at all
at Auburn as LSU
runners were held to just 42 yards. Enter Charles Scott. The true freshman
became LSU's first 100-yard rusher since Joe Addai topped the century mark
against Miami in
the Peach Bowl. The Tigers were expected to run wild against Tulane. The
State defensive front is
much better than the Green Wave's, but that shouldn't matter.
LSU passing offense
JaMarcus Russell got the
opportunity to sit back in the shotgun and look at five wide receiver sets
against Tulane last Saturday. Expect more of the same versus the Bulldogs as
Jimbo Fisher and the Tiger offense continues to work out the kinks in
preparation for a trip to Florida. It would be good to see the Tigers
try a little no-huddle approach as well, but we shall see.
Miss. State rushing offense vs. LSU rushing
The Mississippi State offense is bad. Repeat – the
State offense is bad. The
Bulldogs are averaging just 105 yards per game on the ground. LSU ranks
49th in the land, giving up 83 yards per game on the ground. Don't
expect the Bulldogs and tailback Anthony Dixon (57 carries, 243 yards, 2 TDs) to
find much running room against this LSU defense.
Miss. State passing offense vs. LSU passing
If you thought the Mississippi State rushing offense was bad, wait until
you hear the passing numbers. The Bulldogs rank 105th in the country,
throwing the ball a whole 132 yards per game. LSU's pass defense is rated the
second best in the nation, giving up just 102 yards each contest. This is going
to be a pretty one-sided battle.
LSU special teams
Mississippi State had a chance to go up on South Carolina in the
season opener but missed a field goal. Then, the Bulldogs didn't score for two
games. Too bad. LSU seems to have found the right combination in Chris Jackson
kicking off and punting and Colt David handling all the field goal and extra
points duties. Jackson is booming punts and the LSU kick
coverage has been suffocating.
Welcome to Baton Rouge, Lincoln Financial. The game formerly known as
Jefferson Pilot makes its first appearance in Tiger Stadium in 2006 – and
everyone knows what that means. LSU tends not to play well in morning games, so
don't expect the most impressive of showings from the Tigers. Sharp or not, it
won't take much for LSU to dispose of Mississippi State. Not even the Jefferson Pilot … er,
Lincoln Financial game can get this Tiger team down.