There are plenty of interesting matchups in the LSU-Mississippi State game this Saturday. The Tigers will play their first game of the season after their opener was canceled due to severe weather while the Bulldogs are looking to beat the Tigers in back-to-back years for the first time since 1990-91.
The game could come down to inches and these key matchups could mean a win or a loss for either squad.
1. Dak Prescott vs LSU Secondary
It’s the All-SEC quarterback vs “DBU.” The mighty Dak Prescott and arguably the best defensive secondary in the SEC going head-to-head. Prescott torched the Tigers’ defense last year for three total touchdowns and 373 total yards. He is off to a great start this season, amassing 309 total yards and three touchdowns against Southern Miss in week 1. Jalen Mills, the Tiger’s most experienced defensive player, is recovering from a fractured fibula, and there is no timetable for his return. With Mills most likely sidelined, cornerback Tre’Davious White now leads the LSU secondary, which ranked No. 1 in the SEC in passing defense last season. If the Tigers expect to be successful on Saturday, the defense will need to neutralize Prescott’s big playmaking abilities.
2. Leonard Fournette vs Miss. State Linebackers
LSU’s premier running back has yet to be unleashed this season, but the country is well aware of the hype that surrounds Fournette. He was held to only 38 yards on 7 carries last season against Mississippi State, but the running back is primed to jumpstart his Heisman campaign against the Bulldogs. Don’t expect Miss St. to just roll over and play dead for Fournette, however; the Bulldogs were torched through the air against Southern Miss last Saturday but only gave up 102 rushing yards. This could turn into an old-fashioned slobber knocker.
3. Brandon Harris vs Davis Wade Stadium
The fans at Davis Wade Stadium should be rocking and “cowbelling” away on Saturday and trying to get under Harris’ skin. The Bulldogs’ fans got plenty of practice on Thursday when they broke a Guinness World Record for most cowbells rung in one place. In eight games played last season, Harris threw for 452 yards and six touchdowns. LSU’s quarterback won the starting spot over Anthony Jennings during preseason camp, but only has one career start under his belt and has yet to take a meaningful snap this season. Taking those first snaps in a hostile environment is not ideal for the Tigers’ signal caller.