Preview: Mississippi State at Louisiana State

When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Eighth-ranked LSU looks to continue its dominance over Mississippi State when it opens SEC action against the visiting Bulldogs on Saturday. The Tigers have won 14 straight and 21 of 22 against Mississippi State -- including all nine under coach Les Miles -- and turned a close game into a 59-26 rout a year ago with 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. LSU aims to extend its shutout streak after blanking two straight opponents and putting up 108 consecutive points since falling behind 24-7 in a season-opening win over Wisconsin.

Mississippi State has won six straight dating to last season -- its longest streak since winning nine in a row from Nov. 26, 2011, to Oct. 20, 2012 -- but is beginning a stretch of three straight games against teams ranked in the top eight. "If you enjoy competition, you enjoy this division, because week in and week out you're going to play a team that is nationally ranked, a team that can play for the championship," Miles told reporters. The Tigers have won 11 straight overall at home and haven't lost to the Bulldogs at home since 1991.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: LSU -9.5 

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (3-0, 0-0 SEC): The Bulldogs have put up 131 points through three games -- their most since scoring 146 in the first three contests in 1944 -- but will face a much stiffer defense this week. Quarterback Dak Prescott is a legitimate dual threat, though, and has topped 100 yards rushing in the past two games. The defense, led by linebacker Benardrick McKinney and defensive end Preston Smith, has turned in two impressive efforts but was shaky in a 47-34 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 6.

ABOUT LSU (3-0, 0-0): The Tigers rank among the nation's best in just about every defensive category and have been especially tough against the pass, sporting the country's top pass defense efficiency rating of 59.5. The defense has overshadowed the offense, but quarterback Anthony Jennings has shown well as the new starter, passing for 566 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Kenny Hilliard (215 yards, 3 TDs) leads a stable of capable running backs, and wide receiver Travin Dural (12 catches, 370 yards, 4 TDs) has emerged as an explosive playmaker.

EXTRA POINTS

1. LSU's defense has not allowed points in opponents' last 31 possessions, spanning nine quarters. 

2. Mississippi State has topped 500 yards of total offense in four consecutive games for the first time in school history. 

3. The Tigers are 34-3 in September under Miles, including a 23-1 mark at home.

PREDICTION: LSU 34, Mississippi State 20


 
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Mississippi State 3-0 W3 43.7 12.3 2-0 1-0 2-0 0-0 0-0
Louisiana State 3-0 W3 38.3 8.0 3-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Mississippi State Louisiana State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/5/13 LSU 59 MSST 26 468 216 252 563 223 340

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MSST T. Russell 63.6 146 2 0
LSU Z. Mettenberger 86.2 340 2 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MSST D. Prescott 12 103 8.6 1
LSU J. Hill 16 157 9.8 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MSST J. Lewis 7 111 15.9 1
LSU O. Beckham 9 179 19.9 2
TDs Player TD
MSST J. Lewis 1
LSU K. Hilliard 3
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MSST D. Prescott 59.7 696 9 2
LSU A. Jennings 51.9 566 5 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MSST J. Robinson 46 288 6.3 3
LSU K. Hilliard 41 215 5.2 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MSST J. Lewis 10 107 10.7 0
LSU T. Dural 12 370 30.8 4
TDs Player TD
MSST D. Prescott 3
LSU T. Dural 4

Quickchart Matchup

Mississippi State Off vs  Louisiana State Def
526.7 yards
205.7 yards
5.3 yards/rush
3.6 yards/rush
9 yards/attempt
3.5 yards/attempt
Louisiana State Off vs  Mississippi State Def
440.3 yards
392 yards
4.3 yards/rush
2.3 yards/rush
10.9 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
50
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-9
-110
48
Sportsbook
-110
-9
-110
48
5Dimes.eu
-105
-9.5
-103
48
GTBets.eu
-110
-9
-110
47.5
Top Bet
-110
-9.5
-110
48
BetOnline.ag
-110
-9
-110
47.5
BetDSI
-110
-9.5
-110
48.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-9
-110
48
BookMaker.eu
-110
-9.5
-110
48.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-9
-110
48.5
Mirage
-110
-9.5
-110
48
Station
-110
-9
-110
48.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Mississippi State Overall Louisiana State
3-0-0 W/L 3-0-0
2-1-0 ATS 3-0-0
1-2-0 O/U 1-2-0
43.7 Pts For 38.3
12.3 Pts Against 8.0
Mississippi State A/H Louisiana State
1-0 W/L 3-0
1-0-0 ATS 3-0-0
0-1-0 O/U 1-2-0
35.0 Pts For 38.3
3.0 Pts Against 8.0