Mississippi State has turned some heads with its 2-0 start, which features a 49-0 blanking of Charleston Southern and a convincing 57-21 win on the road against Louisiana Tech. The path ahead isn’t pretty for the Bulldogs, who begin a three-game stretch facing top 15 opponents: vs. No. 12 LSU, at No. 13 Georgia and at No. 15 Auburn.
On the other sideline, LSU comes in with a 27-0 shutout of BYU and a 45-10 thrashing of Chattanooga. The Tigers will play back-to-back nonconference matchups against Syracuse and Troy before playing seven straight SEC games to wrap up the regular season.
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup between the Bulldogs and Tigers.
Mississippi State football vs. LSU live updates, score
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Mississippi State football vs. LSU preview, keys to the game
1. Will Nick Fitzgerald live up to the hype against LSU’s defense?
Mississippi State junior QB Nick Fitzgerald is getting plenty of attention, enough that some people have him pegged to make the trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy festivities later this year. However, he’ll be facing a supremely talented defense coached by one of the better defensive coordinators in the nation, Dave Aranda. So far, Fitzgerald has 8 total TDs (5 passing, 3 rushing). He did hurt Louisiana Tech with his mobility last week, rushing for 111 yards and a score, but how dynamic will he be against LSU’s athletes? He’s rushed for 100 yards in seven of his last nine games, but that’ll be tested by the Tigers on Saturday.
2. Is there any stopping LSU RB Derrius Guice?
This is, after all, a matchup between two of the most dangerous runners in the SEC. Derrius Guice has gone for at least 100 yards and 2 TDs in each game so far this season, and he’s averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He already has six explosions of 10-plus yards a season after finishing with 37 (second only to Fitzgerald’s 45 to lead the SEC). Despite building big leads in its first two games, Mississippi State’s opponents insisted on pounding the ball. Even though Louisiana Tech dialed up the run 50 times, MSU held it to 152 yards (3.0 yards per rush). How will the Bulldogs hold up against the speed and power of Guice?
3. Can Mississippi State win a close game against LSU?
Although LSU has won 16 of the last 17 meetings between the two schools, each of the last three games have been competitive. The Tigers have gone 2-1 in those contests and each game was decided by no more than 5 points. After Dak Prescott and Co. engineered a 34-29 win in Death Valley in 2014, the Tigers have won by 2 points and 3 points, respectively, each of the last two years. The cowbells will be out in full force in Starkville in hopes of being a difference-maker as Hail State looks to pull off the upset.