One of the best games of the week happens to come early as LSU goes to Starkville to face the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are coming off a devastating loss to Auburn after QB Chris Reif was stopped on the half yard line against the Tigers. LSU on the other hand had its way with Northwestern St and barely broke a sweat. Two ranked teams with vastly different outcomes from last game will clash in another good SEC West battle. Our LSU and Mississippi State expert Taylor Cannon has the breakdown for Thursday’s Tilt.
Offense vs. Offense: Edge Miss. State: Vick Ballard is probably one of the best RBs in the SEC (if not the nation) With Chad Bumpus as WR and Chris Reif at QB MSU has the weapons, but with a banged up O-line facing an aggressive front 5 might have more than what they bargained for. As for LSU a steady Jarrett Lee with a three head beast at RB (Alfred Blue, Michael Ford, and Spencer Ware) may give State D-line fits and if Rueben Randle gets touches it could be a long day for the State secondary as well. Edge LSU
Defense vs. Defense Edge LSU (but MSU is no Slouch either) - if LSUs front 5 can take advantage of an injured State line and LSUs physical secondary can clamp down on States WRs then LSU will have the advantage. MSUs secondary is good as well and could be waiting to jump on one of Lee’s passes
Special Teams vs Special Teams: Edge LSU: Hmm.... LSU proved it can block punts which put pressure on the kicker (see Oregon game which the block punt by Tyrann Mathieu proved key). So LSU
Intangibles: Edge LSU: State has the home field and the cowbells, but if there is any team that is prepared for tough environments and can coach in rough environments are LSU and Les Miles.
Winner: LSU: Too good on both sides and disciplined but it will be close. 35 -21