November 10, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) under center against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi State 37-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 LSU Tigers at Mississippi State Bulldogs Preview

After a heart breaking loss, 44-41 to the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, LSU is on the road again, this time facing Mississippi State. Could this be a potential trap game for the Tigers?

Mississippi State is coming off of an absolutely dominating performance against Troy. The Bulldogs humiliated the Trojans. They scored 35 points in the second quarter in route to a 62-7 stomping of Troy. LSU comes into the game a 9.5 point favorite, and Mississippi State would love to upset the No. 10 team in the nation.

Mississippi State quarterback, Dak Prescott has been a revelation in relief of the injured Tyler Russell giving the offense a dual-threat element that has been a nice weapon in his three starts. Prescott has five rushing touchdowns this year, but is expected to take a back seat to Russell who is expected to start for the first time since the season opener vs. Oklahoma State.

Mettenberger holds the clear advantage in this quarterback battle. He is much improved this season under Cam Cameron, and has thrown for nearly 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns with just a single interception. Mettenberger has turned the LSU passing game from a weakness into a strength and is playing like one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC.

Injuries have hurt the running game for Mississippi State this season. LaDarius Perkins was supposed to shoulder the load for the running backs after an impressive junior season. However Perkins has been injured and the Bulldogs have had to rely on the feet of Prescott to carry the rushing attack. He received limited snaps last week against Troy but is likely to an increased workload against LSU.

Jeremy Hill has been uncontainable since returning from his suspension. Through just three and a half games, Hill has rushed for 436 yards and seven touchdowns. Last week Georgia managed some success, containing Hill to 86 yards on 21 carries.

Mississippi State has a quality go-to receiver in Jameon Lewis, but the Bulldogs don’t have much depth or proven veteran experience to rely upon.. Lewis leads the team in receiving yardage by a significant amount with 248 yards.

On the other hand LSU doesn’t like to spread the ball out much, but their top wide receivers are two of the best in the country at their position. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham both have over 500 yards receiving and the duo has combined for eleven touchdown receptions.

The LSU Tigers hold the edge in every offensive category, but the Bulldogs take it when it comes to defense. The LSU defense has been a major disappointment. They could not stop anything that Georgia threw at them on Saturday, allowing 44 points. The Tigers have allowed 24.4 points per game, with Georgia being the only offensive powerhouse they have faced.

Mississippi State has had a surprisingly strong defense this year. They rank 16th in the nation in points allowed, only allowing 14.8 points per game.

Mississippi State is going to have a difficult time slowing down LSU’s new prolific offense. The Mississippi State offense has not looked good all season, but facing the LSU defense could give them a chance for success. The game should not be close but, the fans in Starkville will be going crazy, cheering for an upset.

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