The 14th ranked LSU Tiger football team heads to Starkville this Saturday where they’ll take on #25 Mississippi State.
The game will be LSU’s season opener after their first game against McNeese State was cancelled due to poor weather in the area. Mississippi State opened up their season with a victory, taking down Southern Mississippi, 34-16.
Last season, in their only game against each other, the Bulldogs took down the Tigers 34-29, giving Mississippi State their first win in Death Valley since 1991.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who finished eighth in Heisman Trophy voting last year, led the team in passing and rushing in the Bulldogs opener. Prescott went 22/38 for 237 yards and two2 passing TDs, while rushing for 72 yards on eight carries and one TD. Fred Ross led the team in receiving last week, catching five balls for 75 yards.
LSU coach Les Miles is impressed by Prescott.
“Dak Prescott at quarterback is a talented guy, with both the run and the pass. We recognize this is going to be a great challenge for us, and we’re really looking forward to getting there and competing.”
In last year’s game, Prescott threw for 268 yards and rushed for 105 more.
LSU comes into the game winning their last 12 season openers, losing most recently to Virginia Tech in 2002.
The Tigers will also feature a new starting quarterback this season in sophomore Brandon Harris, who as a backup, threw for 452 yards, six TDs with two interceptions. Harris also added 159 yards rushing and three rushing TDs.
Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is back after running 1,034 yards and 10 TDs on 187 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Key departures for LSU include defensive players Jalen Collins (Atlanta Falcons), Danielle Hunter (Minnesota Vikings), Kwon Alexander (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and running back Kenny Hilliard (Houston Texans).
LSU-Mississippi State kicks off at 9:15 PM and can be seen on ESPN.
LSU Head Coach Les Miles
Miles discusses his thoughts on Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott
Miles talks about how Mississippi State will be a challenge to them.
Miles shares his thoughts on 10 SEC teams making the Top 25.
Miles talks about how LSU QB Brandon Harris will be affected by missing reps.
Miles discusses how LSU QB Brandon Harris has improved.
Miles talks about last week’s rainout vs. McNeese State, how it got them ready for this week’s game.
Miles talks more about being on the field for a short time vs. McNeese State last week.
Miles talks about the advantage his team has from last week.