Mississippi State vs. Louisiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
Network: SEC Network
Mississippi State (2-0) vs. Louisiana (1-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Louisiana Will Win
It’s only been one week, but new head coach Billy Napier’s team came up with something solid in the easy opener against Grambling. And now it has had two weeks to rest up and prepare for a Mississippi State team that might be humming, but also might be looking ahead to the SEC opener at Kentucky next week.
The Ragin’ Cajun ground game was fantastic in the opener – ripping off 315 yards – and it was sharp on the money downs connecting on 70% of all third down attempts.
The key will be to stop the big pass plays. So far, the Bulldog quarterbacks aren’t connecting on much – just 43% so far – but what they are completing looks great. No yards after the catch, control the game with the ground attack, and let MSU screw up.
The Bulldogs have penalty problems, committing 18 in two games.
One Reason Why Mississippi State Will Win
Yeah, so the quarterbacks can’t seem to connect on enough throws, but the offense is ripping teams apart averaging over 21 yards per completion.
The quick-strike attack is helping out an offensive line that’s been great so far in pass protection – it hasn’t allowed a sack – for an offense averaging 578 yards per game.
Louisiana has an improved team, and Napier is a terrific young head coach, but Joe Moorhead has the Bulldogs humming right out of the gate. The Ragin’ Cajuns aren’t going to be able to keep up the pace against a defense that’s not allowing a thing on third downs.
Stephen F. Austin and Kansas State combined to convert just six of 30 third down chances.
What’s Going To Happen
Louisiana will make this a little bit of fun.
There’s an offense there with Andre Nunez coming off a 19-of-22 opener, and there’s some pop to pressure the Mississippi State secondary that hasn’t been tested yet.
But in Nick Fitzgerald’s second game at the helm, the Bulldog offense will be even sharper than it was in the surprisingly easy win over Kansas State.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Mississippi State 48, Louisiana 13
Line: Mississippi State -31.5, o/u: COMING
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2
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