LSU meets Mississippi State to open SEC play

Staff reports
LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee looks to pass.

LSU will open SEC competition Thursday night at Mississippi State.

The Tigers enter Starkville with a 2-0 record after recording wins over Oregon and Northwestern State.

It will be a match of top 25 teams as LSU ranks No. 3 and Mississippi State holds No. 25. The Bulldogs (1-1) are coming off of a narrow loss to defending national champions Auburn.

"You know they are going to play hard and that they have a great scheme," said LSU head coach Les Miles earlier this week.

Quick facts:

Series record: LSU leads 68-33-3.

Last meeting: LSU won 29-7 in 2010.

Links:

LSU football: Tigers Coach Les Miles said winning streak vs. Mississippi State means nothing - Jim Kleinpeter, The Times Picayune The Times-Picayune

Football: Short week changes Tigers’ game plan for Mississippi State - Mark Clements, The Daily Reveille

Physical Bulldogs ground game meets stout LSU defense - Scott Hotard, The Advocate

MSU must change for LSU QB Lee - Matthew Stevens, The Dispatch

LSU's Tyrann Mathieu (7), Eric Reid (1) and Morris Claiborne (17) celebrate with Michael Brockers (90) after he pulled down an interception.