All eyes in the SEC this week are on Baton Rouge as LSU football hosts Mississippi State in what’s expected to be one of the weekend’s best games. The Tigers are looking to kick conference play off right with a win that’d take them over .500 for the first time under Brian Kelly. Meanwhile, Mike Leach and the Bulldogs are hopeful that they can get off to a 3-0 start to the season and finally earn the respect they believe that they deserve.
Nobody is truly sure what to expect from this game. These rivals have exchanged punches over the last couple of years, especially recently with the road team winning the last three match-ups. However, Brian Kelly is now at the helm at LSU, which could give the hosts a leg up on Saturday. Here is everything you need to know about the game ahead of kickoff.
LSU vs. Mississippi State: Start time, live stream, TV info and more
Date: Saturday, September 17
Kickoff time: 5 p.m. CT
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Stadium: Tiger Stadium
TV channel: ESPN
Radio: ESPN Radio
Live stream: fuboTV or Watch ESPN
Odds: Mississippi State -2.5
The SEC opener for these two programs will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 5 p.m. CT from Baton Rouge. This is the second game of ESPN’s “Saturday Triple Header” of SEC teams. The Tigers’ game against the Bulldogs will kick off a few hours after Georgia at South Carolina. Immediately following LSU vs Mississippi State will be the headliner, Miami at Texas A&M.
Joe Tessitore will get to call his second Tigers game of the season alongside former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy. The duo was on the ESPN call for LSU vs Florida State, a game the play-by-play announcer had the famous “Tessitore effect” on as it was crazy up until the final snap. The Tigers’ fans will be hoping their team can have a bit more success this time around than they did in the Allstate Louisiana Kickoff. Katie George will be on sideline duties.
Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons will have the call on ESPN Radio.
This game is one of the rare occasions where LSU is seen as a home underdog in the eyes of Vegas. Oddsmakers have the Bulldogs as about a field goal favorite (-2.5) over their SEC West neighbors in Death Valley.
As touched on earlier, recent history tells us that the road team absolutely should be a favorite in this game. While Mississippi State has a vastly improved team, so do the Tigers in comparison to where they were this time last year.
All of the focus has been on the Bulldogs’ Will Rogers—and quite rightfully so after the season he’s had thus far—but Jayden Daniels can hold his own against the best of them. LSU’s starter has a plethora of experience in big games from his time with Arizona State. This is the first test he’ll face in the SEC. Daniels will have to be fantastic if he wants to overpower the aerial onslaught of the visitors over the course of four quarters.
It’s a crapshoot in terms of predicting a winner for Saturday evening’s game. Although one thing is certain: these two teams are going to leave it all on the field in this latest installment of the age-old rivalry. Expect a fantastic game between two relentless football teams.