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Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers - 10/5/13

LSU Tigers (4-1) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-2)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field)

The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs +9.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Mississippi State Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers face off on Saturday in Starkville in a SEC college football battle.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are off to a 2-2 start, but they are 0-1 in SEC play thus far. MSU is unbeaten at home and winless on the road, but keeping it perfect at home will be put to a stiff test against LSU. On offense, Mississippi State averages 34 points and 463.8 yards per game. QB Dak Prescot has completed 55.3 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and an interception and he has rushed for five touchdowns. Ashton Shumpert is averaging 4.4 yards per carry with two touchdowns and LaDarius Perkins is averaging 3.8 yards per carry. Jameon Lewis leads Mississippi State with 12 catches and two touchdowns, Robert Johnson has 10 catches, and Fred Ross and Malcolm Johnson have seven catches each. Defensively, Mississippi State allows 14.8 points and 310 yards per game with four interceptions, four fumble recoveries, and five sacks. Bernardrick McKinney has 24 tackles, Deonrae Skinner has 23 tackles, and Nickoe Whitley has two interceptions. This would be the signature win that Mississippi State seems to be missing over the past several years.

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers - 10/5/13

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The LSU Tigers are looking to bounce back from their first loss of the year as they dropped a shootout to Georgia. With LSU’s schedule, they still will have plenty of opportunities to bounce back in the rankings, but they can’t afford another loss. Offensively, LSU is averaging 42.8 points and 474 yards per game. QB Zach Mettenberger has completed 64.1 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and one interception in what has been a break out year for him. Jeremy Hill is averaging 6.9 yards per carry with seven touchdowns, Terence Magee is averaging 7.0 yards and three touchdowns, and Alfred Blue is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Jarvis Landry leads LSU with 34 catches and seven touchdowns and Odell Beckham has 26 catches and four touchdowns as LSU has almost exclusively thrown to their wide receivers. Defensively, LSU is allowing 24.4 points and 348.8 yards per game with four interceptions, seven sacks, and three interceptions. Lamin Barrow has 30 tackles and D.J. Weiter and Jermauria Rasco each have 26 tackles. LSU is physical on both sides of the football.

Mississippi State is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 7-3 against the spread after coring more than 40 points in their previous game, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record. LSU is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight games, 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four SEC games, and 0-4 against the spread after coring more than 40 points in their previous week. LSU is 12-3 against the spread in the last 15 meetings of these two.

The line here is moving higher and at 10 or more I like it a lot better, but a 9.5 it is just a lean to the home team as it will be tough for LSU to get up once again and playing back to back weeks on the road. 

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Mississippi State +9.5

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