September 15, 2011
Mississippi State has a big task ahead tonight against No. 3 LSU.
But the 25th-ranked Bulldogs also have a great opportunity as well to get back into the SEC West hunt if the can pull the upset in front of a national television audience in their home opener kicking off at 7 p.m.
LSU got the best of the Bulldogs in last year's meeting taking advantage of five interceptions for a 29-7 win in Death Valley. The previous meeting in Starkville came down to the wire with LSU stopping former Bulldog quarterback Tyson Lee on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line preserving a 30-26 win.
The Tigers have won 11-straight in the series and 18 of the last 19 meetings. LSU holds a 68-33-3 edge overall but tonight's meeting will be just the 20th time they have met in Starkville. The Tigers are 12-6-1 on State's home turf.
The Bulldogs fell to 1-1 last week following a heartbreaking 41-34 loss to Auburn on the road on the final play of the game. Senior quarterback Chris Relf was dropped an inch away from the goal line as time expired snapping Mississippi State's three-game winning streak.
Currently the Bulldogs have the top offense in the Southeastern Conference averaging 588 yards per game and 46.5 points. MSU has gained most of those yards on the ground with 321 (most in the SEC) to go along with 267 through the air, which ranks third in the league.
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