The LSU Tigers are coming off a tough loss against the Georgia Bulldogs in week five. The Tigers played a great game, but they ultimately lost a tough road game to the Bulldogs. Too bad for the Tigers that they have one of the hardest SEC schedules out there with four ranked teams, including two top-10 teams, remaining on the schedule.
On the other side of the field, the Mississippi State Bulldogs have beaten just one FBS team this season. Sitting at 2-2 and a tough SEC schedule that includes five ranked teams in their final eight games, the Bulldogs need to stop the bleeding before it’s too late.
The Tigers have surprised seemingly everyone with the potency of their offense. Zach Mettenberger was a big question mark heading into the season, but after a 4-1 start and 1,398 passing yards, people are starting to talk about Mettenberger as a top draft pick in April’s draft. Also, Mettenberger has led this team to 42-plus points per game, on average, and with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry to throw to, his numbers will continue to look solid. The two wide outs combine for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns through five games.
Mississippi State was relying heavily on quarterback Tyler Russell to be the guy to lead this team at the beginning of the season, but he has since lost his job as sophomore Dak Prescott has taken over. The young gunslinger has 709 yards and three scores through four games while also leading the team in rushing with 215 yards and five touchdowns. He brings an extra element to the offense that Russell couldn’t and that’s why he took the place of the veteran.
Defensively, the Tigers were once one of the best units in college football, but they rank 39th in the nation this year with 349 yards allowed per game. They also allow 24.4 points per game — good for 61st nationally. Mississippi State relies heavily on its defense to keep the Bulldogs in games — allowing just over 14 points per game.
LSU will travel to Mississippi State to take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: LSU 30, Mississippi State 17