Mississippi State vs. LSU: Why Tigers Will Not Break a Sweat in Beating Bulldogs

Ian BergCorrespondent INovember 6, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03:  LSU Quarterback Zach Mettenberger #8 looks for an open receiver while playing Alabama at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The LSU Bengal Tigers turned a corner this past Saturday against Alabama on their way to a last-minute loss in Baton Rouge. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger finally had his breakout game, and the Tigers offense began to hit stride for the first time all season.

LSU is finally playing like the team that was expected to take the field from day one this year, and now that these Tigers are marching to the same beat, they won’t break a sweat against the Bulldogs this Saturday. 

The defense has been suffocating all year, but it did give up some big plays to the Alabama offense. Despite those big plays, it is headed in the right direction, and that is going to cause major issues for Mississippi State this weekend. 

The Bulldogs from Starkville looked to be a legitimate threat in the SEC West this year until a blowout loss came at the hands of Alabama. Next came Texas A&M. The Aggies matched the Crimson Tide’s 38 points against the Bulldogs while allowing only 13 from State. 

While LSU is righting the ship, Mississippi State appears to be veering off course. 

This is another night contest for the Bayou Bengals, and it comes in Death Valley. The Dan Mullen-led Bulldogs are not looking forward to this game. There could be a surprising turnaround for Mississippi State, but that is a highly unlikely outcome.

At this point in the season, these teams are battling for position inside the conference and for bowl placement. With two conference losses apiece, these teams will face each other in a fight to avoid mediocrity.

Mississippi State and LSU have winnable games to finish the year, so this is a pivotal point in the season. If LSU wins, then it still has a shot at an at-large bid to the BCS. 

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell started the year as an up-and-coming star with big performances to start the season. The past few weeks, he has struggled mightily, having tossed interceptions in the last two games. 

Russell also produced season lows against Alabama—something that will likely be repeated this weekend. 

The Bulldogs do have a strong defensive presence in the secondary and at linebacker, but this LSU offense had no issues with the best unit in the country this past weekend when the Alabama defense changed rankings with its performance. 

When it comes down to a night game in Baton Rouge, favor always falls on the Bayou Bengals. After a huge letdown against Alabama in the final seconds of Saturday’s game, LSU will be looking for revenge against the Bulldogs this weekend. This game won’t be pretty.