Mississippi State hosts the No. 10 LSU Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi Saturday night, so before heading to Scott Field to take on the Bulldog’s let’s take a look at what Dan Mullen’s club has done this season.
Mississippi State opened their season with a tough matchup vs. Oklahoma State in which they more than held their own defensively for the first half, but were unable to generate any offense before or after they lost quarterback Tyler Russell to a concussion. They lost 21-3 in their opener as their young defense opened some eyes as did the offense for the wrong reasons.
The ‘Dawgs rebounded with a 51-7 win over Alcorn State with Dak Prescott getting the start with Russell sidelined with his concussion. Prescott displayed dual-threat ability at the position with two touchdowns through the air and another on the ground. Not much to gain from this game vs. an FCS opponent, but State did exactly what you’d expect of an SEC team against that caliber of opponent.
State’s SEC opener at Auburn was a heart breaker as the Bulldog defense was unable to stop Nick Marshall in the final minutes as he led a game-winning touchdown drive with the winning score coming with 10 seconds left on the clock. In the defeat, Prescott accounted for 346 yards of offense with 133 and two touchdowns coming on the ground.
The most recent game for Mississippi State was vs. Troy on Sept. 21 when they blew out the Trojans 62-7. Prescott and wide receiver Jameon Lewis each passed, ran and caught touchdown passes in the rout. Similar to the game vs. Alcorn State this was not much of a test against the Sun Belt. Troy did come in with a potent offense and the Bulldog defense was able to hold them to one first quarter touchdown.
Obviously, LSU will be the toughest test for Mississippi State to this point as the Bulldog’s look to pick up their first win over the Tigers since 1999. LSU showed they have a number of flaws on defense in their defeat to Georgia, but will State have the personnel to expose them as Georgia did?
LSU Tigers at Mississippi State kicks off at 6p.m. CT on ESPN.