September 25, 2009

LSU Game Preview

After two consecutive Southeastern Conference road games Mississippi State will return to the friendly confines of Davis Wade Stadium for a three-game homestand.

The first opponent making their way to Starkville will be No. 7 LSU, a team the Bulldogs have had their struggles against recently. The Tigers have won nine straight games in the series outscoring MSU 374-105 during that span and taken 16 of the last 17 meetings.

"We are excited about a big game this week in Starkville," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We can come back home and it's good to be back in front of our students and play in front of our fans. Hopefully we are going to see everybody dressed in white because we are having a whiteout game and we can see a great atmosphere. You get up early, get to the game and obviously when you get to play a team ranked in the Top 10 you are going to have your hands full."

LSU has won four consecutive games in Starkville including a 45-0 shutout to begin the 2007 campaign. But the Bulldogs have fared well against Top 25 opponents of late. State has knocked off three of the last six ranked teams they have played. The Bulldogs last win over a then 12th-ranked LSU was a dramatic 17-16 homecoming victory in 1999.

Mississippi State is the most common opponent for the Tigers, who lead the series 66-33-2. LSU also holds the advantage in Starkville 11-6-1.

The two teams met in Baton Rouge last season with the Bulldogs giving the then No. 5 ranked LSU a run for their money on a Saturday night Death Valley. The Tigers escaped with a 34-24 victory picking up 427 yards behind Charles Scott's 141 yard, two touchdown performance.

MSU enters Saturday's game looking to start the season at 3-1 for the second time in three years. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 15-3 victory at Vanderbilt to even their conference record to 1-1 on the campaign.

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