LSU vs. Mississippi State: Why Bulldogs' Talent Will Fuel Upset of Tigers

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2011

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Running back LaDarius Perkins #27 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs runs for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers in the first half on September 10, 2011 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers are unbeaten and ranked No. 3 in the nation. They beat last year’s National Championship runner-ups (Oregon) handily to open the season and are now going to be taking on the first SEC opponent on their schedule.

Mississippi State is currently ranked 25, falling down the polls after a heart-breaking, last-second loss to Auburn, 41-34.

Their QB and leading ball carrier, Chris Relf, was stopped inches short of the goal line in a play that would have led them an extra-point away from overtime.

I think if that play were repeated 10 times, he would have made it in seven of them. It was just unlucky and Relf did not stretch for the extra-yardage, a mental mistake.

I believe the Bulldogs are going to come back from that heart-breaker and do some damage to the Tigers, who may be underestimating their dangerous SEC foe.

The game will be played at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, so Mississippi has the home-field advantage going their way.

They also have the luxury of playing LSU without their No. 1 QB and top receiver. The Tigers have been rolling without Jordan Jefferson, but I can see that streak ending tonight. The Bulldogs have a solid secondary that can contain the LSU wideouts and force Jarrett Lee into making mistakes.

Rushing is also one of Mississippi States’ strong points. They are currently sixth in the FBS on the ground and should be able to put up points that way tonight. It also sets up a deadly play-action, catching cheating corners and safeties off guard.

While history is not on the Mississippi State side, dropping 11 straight in previous matchups, they have a real shot at reversing those fortunes tonight.

They played a tight game the last time LSU came to Starkville, losing 30-26 after failing to score a TD inside the 3-yard line on three attempts. I think this Bulldogs team is good enough to punch it in this week.

After losing to Auburn in such a fashion, Mississippi State will make sure they fight for every single inch in this game.