LSU football: Tigers to watch vs. Mississippi State

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Sep 5, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Brandon Harris (6) against the McNeese State Cowboys during the first quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Harris 

After the LSU football team’s high-profile battle for the starting quarterback job this offseason, it only makes sense that the man who won the job is dominating the discussion leading up to Saturday’s showdown with Mississippi State.

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Brandon Harris will be lining up under center for the Tigers in 2015, and the fans will finally get their first glimpse at how much the sophomore quarterback has improved since last season.

Harris struggled at times as a true freshman, but he certainly did not have any issues against the Bulldogs.

He entered the game in the fourth quarter with his team down by 18, and nearly mounted a comeback in less than 10 minutes. Harris threw for an impressive 140 yards and two touchdowns, before having a last-second Hail Mary intercepted in the end zone.

He won the starting job with this performance, but quickly lost it after an atrocious game against Auburn the following week.

Harris used that game as motivation, and entered the offseason with the mindset that he was going to get better. Not just on the field, but in the film room and as a leader as well.

He did, and as a result, took over the starting quarterback job.

Promising offseason reports have generated optimism for an LSU passing attack that ranked among the worst in the nation last season, but with last Saturday’s game against McNeese State being cut short, Harris has yet to prove anything on the field in 2015.

That could easily change this week against a Mississippi State secondary that struggled against the pass in its season opener. The Bulldogs can be expected to stack the box to slow down the Tigers’ high-powered rushing attack, making it crucial for Harris to find success.

If he does, LSU should cruise to a victory.

Next: Breaking down Mississippi State with Maroon & White Nation

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