SEC Football Preview: Mississippi State vs. Louisiana

Memphis and Louisiana Logos on Grass Field

Mississippi State meets Louisiana on Saturday in New Orleans, LA. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Louisiana

Date Opponent Result Location
08/31 LA Lafayette 12:00 pm Neutral
09/07 USM 3:30 pm Home
09/14 Kansas St 12:00 pm Home
09/21 Kentucky 12:00 pm Home
09/28 Auburn 12:00 pm Away
10/12 Tennessee 12:00 pm Away
10/19 LSU 12:00 pm Home
10/26 Texas A&M 12:00 pm Away
11/02 Arkansas 12:00 pm Away
11/16 Alabama 11:00 am Home
11/23 Abl Christian 11:00 am Home
11/28 Mississippi 7:30 pm Home

Mississippi State

Date Opponent Result Location
08/31 Miss State 12:00 pm Neutral
09/07 Liberty 7:30 pm Home
09/14 Texas Southern 7:30 pm Home
09/21 Ohio 12:00 pm Away
09/28 GA Southern 12:00 pm Away
10/09 App State 8:00 pm Home
10/17 Arkansas St 7:30 pm Away
11/02 Texas State 12:00 pm Home
11/07 Coastal Car 7:30 pm Away
11/16 S Alabama 11:00 am Away
11/23 Troy 11:00 am Home
11/30 LA Monroe 11:00 am Home

ESPN FPI

Mississippi State: 16

Louisiana: 99

Key Stats (2018 Stats)

Mississippi State

Statistic
Louisiana

397.4

Total Offense (YPG)
424.3

173.8

Passing YPG
205.6

223.6

Rushing YPG
218.7

28.5

Scoring Offense (PPG)
31.9

48

TDs Scored
58

12

FGs Scored
15

263.1

Total Defense (YPG)
435.9

168.0

Passing Yds Allowed (YPG)
216.8

95.1

Rushing Yds Allowed (YPG)
219.1

13.2

Scoring Defense (PPG)
34.2

0.54

Turnover Margin
-0.14

20

Fumbles Gained
15

3

Fumbles Lost
3

13

INTs Gained
8

10

INTs Lost
14

Players to Watch

Mississippi State

C Darryl Williams, RB Kylin Hill, DB Cameron Dantzler, LB Erroll Thompson, DL Chauncey Rivers.

Louisiana

OT Robert Hunt, RB Elijah Mitchell, TE Johnny Lumpkin, RB Trey Ragas, RB Raymond Calais, WR Jarrod Jackson, DT Zi’Yon Hill, CB Michael Jacquet, DE Chauncey Manac, LB Ferrod Gardner.

Injuries

Mississippi State

None reported.

Louisiana

None reported.

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

This is not one of those games you lay in bed at night looking forward to watching unless you happen to be a fan of one of these two teams. This is an important game. It counts toward bowl eligibility and if you lose to Louisiana you can say goodbye to any prospect of going to the CFB Playoff. In the early 90s the Citadel upset Arkansas in the Hogs season opener. Crazy things happen in openers but, don’t worry, it’ll probably be fine and the score below will be about right. One other thing that’ll be interesting in this game is to see how grad transfer (from Penn St.) quarterback Tommy Stevens does in this game.

Note: The Preseason game score prediction and the in-season prediction are all the same this week because the preseason predictions were only made about a week before the season started. In next week’s predictions, you’ll see some differences between the in-season and preseason predictions because we’ll know a lot more about teams after they have played a game.

Our Preseason Prediction

Mississippi State 38, Louisiana 7

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Mississippi State 38, Louisiana 7

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch on the ESPNU network.

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