Baton Rouge- The LSU Tigers (7-2, 3-2 SEC) are set to take on neighboring rival Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-2, 3-2 SEC) this Saturday as LSU takes on its 5th straight top 25 ranked opponent. LSU is coming off of an emotional loss but nonetheless one of their best overall performances of the season.
LSU has to be coming into this game with a bitter taster in their mouth because they had the game in their grasp. But this cannot take away the importance of finishing this season out strong. The Tigers still understand that their season is not done and that there is still more to play for.
If you get lazy any team in this conference can catch you off guard. That is highly unlikely against the Bulldogs who just got demolished by the Crimson Tide one week before the brutal battle between LSU and Alabama. But in the SEC anything can happen.
LSU will be relying on their defense as they have all season long. They will be asked once again to help keep the offense in good situations and keep Mississippi States offense off the field. The Bulldogs average 30.8 points a game but LSU only allows 15.3 points per game.
On paper the two teams look eerily similar but the difference is the quality of opponents LSU has played compared to the opponents the Bulldogs have played. LSU has lost their two games to two of the top 5 teams respectively in the country. LSU is a lot more prepared for a dog fight if need be but I don’t see this one being too close. I look for the LSU defense to keep this Bulldog defense in check for most of the game and if that LSU offense can do the type of damage to the Bulldogs that we saw last week against the Crimson Tide than I think we will see LSU put together a very good game for the full 60 minutes.
Mettenberger threw for 298 yards against the Crimson Tide and had zero turnovers, easily his best performance as a Tiger and looked like the quarterback LSU was expecting to see when they got Zach from JUCO ball two years ago. Jeremy Hill showed up once again last week ripping off 107 yards against the Tide and proves to the coaches and everyone else that he is a force to be reckon with.
Mississippi brings in a junior quarterback named Tyler Russell who is not to be taken lightly; he has thrown for almost 2000 yards on the year and added 16 passing touchdowns. Mississippi also has two running backs averaging over 5 yards a carry, LaDarius Perkins is the primary back with 804 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns on the ground this season. These guys will be tested this weekend against the top ranked LSU defense and will certainly need to bring their A game.
This will be once again be another great SEC battle against familiar foes in Death Valley, I just want the LSU crowd to be as supportive for the team this week as they were last week against #1 ranked Alabama. The crowd not only helped keep the Tigers in the game against Alabama but also helped convince the #9 ranked defensive line prospect in the country to choose LSU over Florida. This is a big boost for the Tigers for next season as 6 of the 8 linemen are set to leave for the NFL.
The game is set for Saturday, November 10th at 7pm ET on ESPN at Tiger Stadium, it is going to be another fun night in Death Valley.