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LSU and Mississippi State face off in their SEC opener Saturday from Davis Wade Stadium. Find the game time, TV channel and more watch information below.

No. 12 LSU (2-0) won its first two games of the season by defeating BYU 27-0 and Chattanooga 45-10. But in Mississippi State (2-0), LSU faces its toughest task yet. The Bulldogs have the top scoring offense in the SEC, averaging 53.0 points per game, and have only allowed two touchdowns all season.

But for every bit of praise you can give to Mississippi State, LSU deserves just as much. Through two games, the Tigers have the nation’s best rushing defense, allowing 31.5 yards per game, and have rushed for an SEC most seven touchdowns. Quarterback Danny Etling has also been impressive, completing 71 percent of his passes for 398 yards and a touchdown.

On top of this, LSU will return preseason All-America outside linebacker Arden Key Saturday after Key missed the Tigers’ first two games rehabbing from his offseason shoulder surgery. In 2016, Key set LSU’s single-season sack record with 12 sacks.

Mississippi State-LSU keys to the game

Mississippi State opens its SEC slate in Week 3 when the Bulldogs play host to No. 11 LSU in Starkville’s Davis Wade Stadium.

Dan Mullen’s program is 2-0 after outscoring its first two opponents by a 106-21 margin. LSU (2-0) has been equally impressive, if not more so, in dropping BYU and Chattanooga with relative ease.

Here are five things you should know when LSU travels into the cowbell country to face Mississippi State:

1. The quarterbacks

Nick Fitzgerald probably deserves a little more recognition than the Mississippi State junior currently receives. Since Oct. 29, no player in the nation has been responsible for more touchdowns than the 32 scores posted by the Richmond Hill, Ga., native. His next 100-yard rushing game will be the 10th of his career and will set the Bulldogs’ program record for quarterbacks. For the season, Fitzgerald has thrown for 363 yards and 5 touchdowns, while rushing for another 152 yards and 3 more scores.

LSU senior quarterback Danny Etling doesn’t quite have the same numbers as Fitzgerald, but very few do. But Etling has been a steady hand for LSU, connecting on 22 of 31 attempts for 398 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ first two contests.

2. Series history

LSU might hold a 73-34-3 advantage over Mississippi State in a series that dates back to 1902, but the Bulldogs have played the Tigers tough over the last three years. Each of the last three matchups — two of which were won by LSU — have been decided by 5 points or fewer and decided in the games’ final two minutes.

3. The opening line

Mississippi State enters its Week 3 contest with LSU as a 7-point underdog. The line edged upward after beginning the week at plus-6.5 points.

4. Player to watch

Jeffery Simmons is coming off a monster game against Louisiana Tech in which the sophomore nose guard scored two defensive touchdowns. In doing so, he became the first Bulldogs defender to score twice in a game since Johnthan Banks returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2009 against Florida. The 14 points he accounted for — including the PATs — against Louisiana Tech were enough to outscore three SEC teams in Week 2. Simmons also leads the nation with 2 blocked punts.

5. What’s at stake

Mississippi State gets its first true test of the year as the Bulldogs attempt to begin a season 3-0 for the first since Dak Prescott was the quarterback in 2014. A win over LSU should start a serious buzz surrounding Dan Mullen and his program. A win would sure be nice, because the schedule doesn’t get much easier with road trips to No. 13 Georgia and No. 15 Auburn up next.