Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
LSU RB Jeremy Hill
Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. ET
Can LSU rebound from it's heartbreaking loss last week at Georgia? Against this Mississippi State team, you bet.
Yes, there were major defensive issues last week against the Bulldogs, but quarterback Aaron Murray was on fire and sometimes you just have to tip your cap to a hot quarterback who didn't make many bad decisions.
LSU knows it can compete in shootouts but should focus on getting back to the basics against the Bulldogs. Running back Jeremy Hill didn't get going until the second half last week, and the Tiger running game still managed only 2.1 yards per carry against a Georgia defense that's far from elite. Mississippi State has been stout against the run so far this season giving up just 120.3 yards per game, but Hill is the best running back they've seen thus far.
Meanwhile, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has a bit of a quarterback controversy.
Tyler Russell will likely start after missing the last three games with a concussion. Dak Prescott has been at the helm in his stead and led the Bulldogs over the 400-yard mark in every game. He's a legitimate dual threat weapon that can run the offense Mullen was hired to run in Starkville. Mullen needs to ride the hot hand and try to get this team to a bowl game, and Prescott is the hot hand. If that makes senior Tyler Russell the "Wally Pipp" of the SEC, so be it.
Whoever takes the majority of the snaps, he's going to have his work cut out for him going against an LSU defense that's out to make a statement after last weekend's debacle.
Hill will go north of 150 yards, score two touchdowns and LSU will put it away in the second half.
Prediction: LSU 31 - Mississippi State 13