LSU vs. Mississippi State fearless prediction and game preview.
LSU vs. Mississippi State Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 19
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
LSU (6-0) vs. Mississippi State (3-3) Game Preview
Why LSU Will Win
The machine is humming.
It might be a bit of a beaten up team on letdown alert after the tough and emotional win over Florida, but no one is throwing as well as Joe Burrow is so far.
It’s one thing to light up Vanderbilt and Northwestern State, but he hit 88% of his passes for 293 yards and three scores against Florida’s NFL secondary – and he didn’t give up a pick.
The amazing part about the LSU O is how explosive it is. Burrow is deadly accurate and the big plays are there. His receivers are doing big things with the ball in their hands, and the attack is converting seemingly every third down play.
Mississippi State is dead last in the SEC in passing – it doesn’t have the O to keep up the pace, and it doesn’t have the secondary. This Bulldogs aren’t close to playing at last year’s defensive level, and they’re having big problems lately with both Auburn and Tennessee hitting over 70% of their passes.
Auburn and Tennessee’s respective passing games shouldn’t be hitting 70% of their passes.
Why Mississippi State Will Win
Don’t dismiss the sandwich aspect to this game.
LSU might just be the best team in college football, but it’s coming off that win over Florida, and next week it has the showdown against Auburn with the potential world-stopping matchup against Alabama to follow.
Mississippi State is the game to get through before the fun happens, and the home team desperately needs a big performance.
Losers of three of their last four, the Bulldogs can potentially save their season with a win over the rocking Tigers – and it might be a must with two road games and Alabama to follow.
To pull this off, they have to dominate the turnover battle, and no one in the conference is forcing more turnovers. Giveaways might be an issue, too, but Mississippi State has come up with two turnovers or more in every game but – oddly enough – the win over Kentucky. It’s fantastic at forcing and jumping on fumbles, and again, the hope has to be for LSU to not be fully focused.
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What’s Going To Happen
LSU might not be quite as razor-sharp as it’s been over the last few weeks, but to keep harping on the point, there has to be a slight letdown at some point – this won’t be it.
Mississippi State doesn’t have the offensive pop to bomb away on an ultra-talented LSU secondary that gives up yards, but is better than it looked at times in the bigger games. Watch out for the LSU lines to take over as the game goes on in a win that’s a wee bit more workmanlike than sensational.
LSU vs. Mississippi State Prediction, Line
LSU 45, Mississippi State 23
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