Game day primer: What you need to know entering LSU-Mississippi State matchup
No. 14 LSU opens up conference play on Saturday night against No. 25 Mississippi State. LSU quarterback Brandon Harris gets his second career start as the Tigers get a chance at revenge against the Bulldogs.
LSU Tigers at Mississippi State Bulldogs 9:15 p.m. (ET) on ESPN
2014 numbers of note: 34-29 (Miss St won)
570: Mississippi State total offensive yards
89: LSU net rushing yards
373: Dak Prescott total yardage
Brandon Harris’ late-game heroics weren’t enough to undo the pounding that Dak Prescott put on the Tigers last season. The Bulldogs quarterback threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns while adding on 105 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground.
Harris, who came into the game for Anthony Jennings, threw two touchdowns to Malachi Dupre in the 4th quarter, but they were too little too late. The Bulldogs stunned the Tigers on their way to an impressive 10-win season.
Storylines to watch:
Brandon Harris on the road: It is well documented that playing in Davis Wade Stadium is no cake walk. Rest assured, those record-setting cowbells will be ringing all night in Harris’ ears as he tries to lead the Tigers offense. Harris’ first career start was at Auburn last year, and it did not end well for the young quarterback. Against Auburn, Harris went 3 of 14 with only 58 yards passing. Expect a ton of touches by Heisman-hopeful Leonard Fournette, but Harris will need to have a much better showing on the road if LSU expects to hang with Miss. St.
Dak (Superman) Prescott: There was no stopping Dak Prescott last season, and it will be interesting to see if LSU can stop him on Saturday. Brandon Harris needs to have a big game as mentioned above, but the defense also needs to step up. The LSU secondary is without Jalen Mills and is still trying to find themselves with new defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele. If LSU will have any chance at winning, the defense will have to stop Prescott. The front seven will need to get pressure on the quarterback while “DBU” tries to shut down the Bulldogs’ big time receiver, De’Runnya Wilson.
No time for first game jitters: LSU did not have a chance to get out any kinks last Saturday when its game against McNeese State was canceled due to severe weather. The Tigers will have no time to breathe in a hostile Davis Wade Stadium, and Harris will have to grow up in a hurry as well as this young defense, which is talented, but untested.
LSU: 33, Miss St: 35