Mississippi State vs. LSU: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IINovember 6, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 20:  Michael Ford #42 celebrates a touchdown with Jarvis Landry #80 of the LSU Tigers against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field on October 20, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Life isn't a walk in the park inside the SEC. 

LSU will be entering its fifth straight week against Top 25 competition when the Tigers meet Mississippi State in a crucial SEC showdown this Saturday. Mississippi State will be entering its third straight week against Top 25 teams. 

With BCS implications on the line, let's take a look ahead to this Saturday's showdown in Baton Rouge. 


When: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Free Football Radio


Betting Line (via Covers.com)

Over/Under: 44.5, Spread: LSU (-14)

Mississippi State's schedule was soft from the outset, but it has recently gotten much more difficult with games against Alabama and Texas A&M. It lost both games by 25 points or more, proving what kind of team it really is.

The Bulldogs will struggle to score against LSU's stingy defense, and the Tigers will be able to put enough points on the board to cover the spread. 


Injury Report (via USA Today)

Mississippi State

No Injuries


Eric Reid, S, Day-to-Day

Josh Williford, OG, Day-to-Day

Alex Hurst, OT, Out Indefinitely

Kwon Alexander, LB, Out for Season

Jordan Allen, DE, Out for Season

Travin Dural, WR, Out for Season

Tyler Edwards, TE, Out for Season

D.J. Welter, LB, Out for Season

Evan Washington, OL, Out for Season

Tahj Jones, LB, Out for Season

Chris Faulk, OT, Out for Season


BCS/Top 25 Implications

Despite losing last Saturday night, LSU is still in perfect position for a BCS bowl game. A loss this Saturday, however, just might be enough to place the Tigers on the outside looking in at this point of the season. 

Mississippi State is in a slightly different situation. It went from a possible BCS berth to looking for a victory just to stay in the Top 25. A loss this Saturday via blowout fashion might be enough to push it out of the Top 25 rankings. 


Mississippi State Player to Watch: LaDarius Perkins, RB

LaDarius Perkins is averaging 5.3 yards rushing per attempt this season while boasting 804 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Perkins has rushed for over the century mark four times this season but has failed to do so in the past two games.

However, in the past two games, Perkins received 15 or fewer carries. When his touches are limited, he struggles to produce at a high rate. When he receives more than 15 carries per game, Perkins has rushed for 100 yards or more in every game this season.

When he rushes for 100 or more yards, the Bulldogs are undefeated. What he does and how the Bulldogs use him often determines outcomes of games. 


LSU Player to Watch: Zach Mettenberger, QB

Zach Mettenberger is the difference between LSU playing in the national championship game and LSU finding itself on the outside looking in on the BCS picture. He has struggled for the majority of the season and is a major reason why LSU has two losses.

However, Mettenberger played fantastically against Alabama, posting 298 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions against the best defense in college football.

Maybe this was the game that will change the direction of his collegiate career. Maybe not. We will see what direction he goes this Saturday. 


Prediction: LSU 27, Mississippi State 10

Right now, Mississippi State isn't on the same level as LSU. The Tigers run game will be enough to give LSU a 17-point home victory over the Bulldogs, keeping LSU's BCS hopes alive.


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