Mississippi State (7-2) at LSU (7-2) Preview: Can The Bulldogs Salvage Their Season?

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Time: 6 p.m.

TV: ESPNU

Initial Analysis: With the Mississippi State Bulldogs still reeling from their drubbing by Texas A&M, they have to get it together. The LSU Tigers are next on the schedule and will be playing angry, after losing in the final moments against Alabama. The Bulldogs’ season can still be salvaged, but do the “Dawgs” have the capability to do it?

Offensive Stats

LSU (Pro-Style)

2012 Scoring Offense: 29.4

2012 Passing Yards Per Game: 190.6

2012 Rushing Yards Per Game: 200.7

MSU (Spread Option)

2012 Scoring Offense: 30.8

2012 Passing Yards Per Game: 230.7

2012 Rushing Yards Per Game: 156.4

Defensive Stats

LSU (4-3)

2012 Scoring Defense: 15.3

2012 Passing Yards Per Game Allowed: 150.3

2012 Rushing Yards Per Game Allowed: 102.8

MSU (Multiple Front)

2012 Scoring Defense: 19.7

2012 Passing Yards Per Game Allowed: 209.7

2012 Rushing Yards Per Game Allowed: 168.2

Players To Watch

LSU

A. Tiger Running Backs: The Tigers have the best collection of running backs in the nation. The Bulldogs will surely get a full dose of them.

B. LSU Defensive Ends: If Mississippi State’s offensive tackles thought Texas A&M’s defensive ends were good, LSU’s defensive ends: Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery might keep them up at night, this week.

C. Kevin Minter (Middle Linebacker):Minter has emerged as one of the best middle linebackers in the SEC and the Bulldogs better be aware of his location on the field.

MSU

A.  Tyler Russell (Quarterback):The game will be won and lost by Russell’s arm. (See more below.)

B. MSU Defensive Line: Outside of Ryan Brown, Denico Autry and Preston Smith, the Mississippi State defensive line has been non-existent, during the 2012 season. They need to get it together and stuff the Tigers’ run game.

C. Johnthan Banks (Cornerback): As Banks goes, so does the rest of the Bulldog team. He needs to make a few plays on Saturday to inject some energy in key moments of the game.

 3 Keys To Victory

LSU

1. Stay Away From Banks And Slay: Even though the Bulldogs got torched against the Aggies, Banks and Slay still are studs. The Tigers are asking to lose if they throw their way.

2. Do What They Do: The Tigers run the football and play great defense. Stick to that plan and they defeat the Bulldogs.

3. Don’t Overlook the Bulldogs: If the Tigers come into this game and think they will just roll over the Bulldogs, they will lose. The Bulldogs are talented enough to upset them on their own field.

MSU

1. Put The Game In Russell’s Hands: Although Russell is having one of the best seasons for a Mississippi State quarterback in recent memory, I still don’t feel Mullen completely trusts him to win a game for him. If the Bulldogs are to defeat the Tigers, Russell will have to win the game with his arm.

2. Stack The Box: With the way the Bulldog defensive line is struggling, stacking the box is the only way they stop the Tiger rushing attack.

3. Show Up For A Change: I hate to say this, but the Bulldogs need to show up. They owe their fans more than what they have displayed the past two weeks.

Final Analysis: Before the Texas A&M game, I felt the Bulldogs would defeat LSU. I no longer feel that way. The Tigers will take of business at home and defeat the Bulldogs convincingly.

My Prediction: LSU Wins, 28-10

Jeremiah Short covers Mississippi State University football and basketball.  Follow him on Twitter, @DaRealJShort; join his Facebook blog, Real Story Sports: J.Short’s Blog, or e-mail him, JShort@realstorypublishing.com.

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4 Comments on “Mississippi State (7-2) at LSU (7-2) Preview: Can The Bulldogs Salvage Their Season?”

  1. Randy Says:

    Can the Dawgs get a BCS bowl?

    Reply

  2. tommy Says:

    The Dawgs will win their next 2 games,win a big bowl game and finish in the top 10 BCS. Alabama should be glad they don’t play MSU again this year.

    Reply

  3. tommy Says:

    what does Texas A&M and the Moon have in common ?

    The both control the “TIDE” !

    Reply

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