PREVIEW: LSU vs. Miss. State - The Matchups

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 Mississippi State defensive front is much better than the Green Wave's, but that shouldn't matter.

 

Advantage: LSU

 

 

LSU passing offense vs. Miss. State passing defense:

 

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.

 

Advantage: LSU

 

 

Miss. State rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense:

 

The Mississippi State offense is bad. Repeat – the Mississippi 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.

 

Advantage: LSU

 

 

Miss. State passing offense vs. LSU passing defense:

 

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.

 

Advantage: LSU

 

 

LSU special teams vs. Miss. State 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.

 

Advantage: LSU

 

 

Intangibles:

 

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.

 

Advantage: LSU


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