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    LSU Tigers Athletics

    Will LSU Have Letdown After Huge UGA Win?

    The fans at Tiger Stadium – “Death Valley” will see the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers when they take their seats on Saturday. LSU is coming off a Huge win over 2nd-rankd Georgia. Will they have a letdown?

    TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: LSU -6.5; O/U 46.

    Fifth-ranked LSU may have the most balanced offense in the nation entering this contest. LSU has rushed and passed for the exact same number of yards (1,415) through seven games.

    QB Joe Burrow recorded 200 through the air while adding 66, and two scores, on the ground in the 36-16 rout of Georgia.

    Mississippi State aims for its second consecutive victory over a top-10 opponent. They knocked off Auburn 23-9 on Oct. 6 before being idle last week.


    Mississippi State Will have to Play Well Rounded Game

    Mississippi State is 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. They can’t afford another conference loss.

    The Bulldogs feature one of the best defenses in the country. They are allowing an FBS-low 12.7 points per game. The unit also ranks eighth in total defense at 289.7 yards per contest.

    Defensive lineman Montez Sweat leads the nation in sacks per game at 1.25. He also tops the SEC in total sacks with 7.5. The pass-rusher recording a career-best three, with a forced fumble, against Auburn.

    Mississippi State has limited five of its six opponents to 14 points or fewer.

    Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald accounted for 264 yards of total offense. He had two touchdowns, rushing for 195 and two scores against the Tigers. Fitzgerald is the top rushing quarterback in SEC history.

    He is one yard shy of 3,000 for his career as he paces a running game that is averaging an SEC-best 240.7.


    LSU Has to Avoid Emotional Letdown

    LSU is 6-1 overall this season, and 3-1 in the SEC. They have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation this year. It doesn’t get any easier. LSU has recorded three victories over top-10 teams this season for the third time in school history (1982, 2011).

    Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 145 yards last week. The Tigers finished with 275 on the ground and improved to 4-0 this season when one rusher tops the century mark.

    Linebacker Devin White was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week. He recording a season-high 13 tackles and recovered a fumble. He also ranks third in the conference with 66 total tackles and 9.4 per game.

    Kicker Cole Tracy was 5-for-5 on field goals. That ties the school record. He won SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

    The Tigers have won 16 of the last 18 meetings. The Bulldogs rolled to a 37-7 win last season. It was the largest margin of victory in the all-time series, which dates to 1896.


    PREDICTION: LSU 23, Mississippi State 21




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    Next up:

    Mississippi State home to Texas A&M Saturday, October 27
    LSU home to Alabama Saturday, November 3

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