SEC Football Preview: Mississippi State at LSU

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Mississippi State visits LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge. previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Mississippi State

Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Mississippi State LSU
Oct. 3 Arkansas Mississippi State
Oct. 10 Mississippi State Kentucky
Oct. 17 Texas A&M Mississippi State
Oct. 31 Mississippi State Alabama
Nov. 7 Vanderbilt Mississippi State
Nov. 14 Auburn Mississippi State
Nov. 21 Mississippi State Georgia
Nov. 28 Mississippi State Ole Miss
Dec. 5 Missouri Mississippi State


Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Mississippi State LSU
Oct. 3 LSU Vanderbilt
Oct. 10 Missouri LSU
Oct. 17 LSU Florida
Oct. 26 South Carolina LSU
Oct. 31 LSU Auburn
Nov. 14 Alabama LSU
Nov. 21 LSU Arkansas
Nov. 28 LSU Texas A&M
Dec. 5 Ole Miss LSU

College Football Ratings

Rating Mississippi State LSU
Sagarin 25 7
Massey Composite 29 3
PiRate Ratings 27 3

Key Stats (2019)

Stat Mississippi State LSU
Points 27.6 48.4
Points Allowed 28.8 21.9
Total YDS 400.1 568.4
Pass YDS 207.5 222.3
Rush YDS 220.62 166.80
Total YDS Allowed 399.2 343.5
Pass YDS Allowed 246.8 222.7
Rush YDS Allowed 152.38 120.8
Turnover margin 0.08 0.67
3rd Down Conv. 38.93 49.73
3rd Down Conv. DEF 38.67 29.58

Players to Watch

Mississippi State

QB KJ Costello, LB Erroll Thompson, RB Kylin Hill, WR Osirus Mitchell.


CB Derek Stingley, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., OL Ed Ingram, DL Tyler Shelvin, QB Myles Brennan.


Mississippi State

None reported.


Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/16/20 DT Nelson Jenkins III Personal is out for season
09/10/20 TE Ray Parker Suspension is out indefinitely
09/04/20 DT Dare Rosenthal Personal is out indefinitely
09/04/20 DE Neil Farrell Jr. Personal is out for season
09/03/20 WR Ja’Marr Chase Personal is out for season
09/03/20 NT Tyler Shelvin Personal is out for season



The 2019 LSU Tigers football season will go down as one of the greatest football seasons in the school’s history. The key word here though is “history” meaning that season is over and this is a new season. This isn’t going to be the same LSU team. They have very few starters back and gone is superstar quarterback Joe Burrow. The Tigers are going to lose games this season and it is going to be a hard pill to swallow. However, in this first game with Mississippi State and new head coach Mike Leach, I expect the Tigers to pull off a comfortable. State is poised to do great things under Mike Leach but they aren’t there yet. His schemes are pretty complex and it’s going to take Leach some time to get the schemes executed correctly and get the proper talent to run the offense. He’s now in the right area of the country to get players very suitable for his offense. However, there’s going to be some bumps in the road like this Saturday in Baton Rouge. That said, stranger things have happened. This might turn out to be a pretty good ball game but I still think LSU wins by at least a couple touchdowns.

Our Preseason Prediction

LSU 34, Mississippi State 10

Game Week Prediction

LSU 35, Mississippi State 20

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET). Watch on the CBS Network.

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