LSU Tigers (2-0) at Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field)
The Line: Mississippi State Bulldogs +6.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
A battle of 2-0 teams will face off in SEC conference action as the #12 LSU Tigers visit the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville on Saturday evening.
The #12 LSU Tigers will look to improve to 3-0 after defeating Chattanooga by a final score of 45-10 in week 2. Danny Etling completed just 8 of 14 pass attempts but threw for 227 yards and a touchdown in the win. Derrius Guice led LSU with 102 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries while Nick Brossette added 63 rushing yards of his own and Darrel Williams also punched in a pair of touchdowns on the ground. DJ Chark led the Tigers’ receiving corps by catching 3 passes for 103 yards, while also adding a punt return TD and Drake Davis’ lone reception ended up being a 36-yard touchdown. Defensively, the Tigers combined for 5 sacks and a pair of interceptions while holding the Mocs to just 242 yards of total offense, 3 for 14 on 3rd downs and 12 first downs in the game.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will look for a statement win to crack the top 25 after improving to 2-0 following their 57-21 rout of Louisiana Tech in week 2. Nick Fitzgerald threw for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns on 12 of 18 passing, while also leading the team with 111 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on the ground on 10 carries. Aeris Williams racked up 107 rushing yards on 9 carries while Kylin Hill put up 82 yards and a touchdown with his 10 carries. Jordan Thomas, Gabe Myles and Donald Gray each logged a receiving touchdown, with Gray leading the team with 4 receptions. The Bulldogs’ defensive performance was highlighted by a pair of touchdowns from defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons who blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a score and returned a fumble 90 yards for his 2nd TD of the night. Mississippi State also combined for 4 sacks and a pair of interceptions in the win.
LSU is 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1-2 in their last 8 games following a win. Mississippi State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team with a winning road record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 conference games. LSU is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams at Mississippi State.
Although the Bulldogs offensive performance was impressive over the first couple of weeks, Louisiana Tech and Charleston Southern aren’t necessarily known for their defensive prowess. LSU is one of the toughest all-around teams in the country and have had no problem going into Mississippi State’s backyard and covering the number. If Mississippi State can get things going offensively, the Tigers may be in trouble, but I think LSU has too many weapons for the Bulldogs to contend with, so I’ll lay the points with LSU.