LSU vs. MSUBreaking down Saturday’s game for both teams THE SETUP Mississippi State has a chance to win back-to-back games against LSU for the first time since 1990-91. MSU went into Death Valley last year and upended the eighth-ranked Tigers on a Saturday night.LSU, ranked No. 14, has an opportunity to return the favor to No. 25 Mississippi State.Before the Bulldogs’ win last year, LSU had won 14 straight and 21 of 22 in the series.MSU opens conference play with LSU for the second consecutive season and is 2-4 under Dan Mullen in SEC openers. Each time the Bulldogs won their first SEC game, they went on to win at least eight regular season games. 3 THINGS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT Dress rehearsal Mississippi State overcame first-game jitters to beat Southern Miss 34-16. LSU didn’t have the same opportunity. The Tigers played McNeese State for almost five minutes before both teams exited the field because of lightning in the area. Four hours later, the game was canceled.LSU now plays its first full game of the season on the road in the SEC. MSU has to prepare for the matchup and a new defensive coordinator without any game film from the previous week. Old school rivals Dak Prescott squares off against Brandon Harris in a quarterback matchup that stems from a high school rivalry. Prescott attended Haughton High, and Harris went to Parkway High. The two schools are bitter rivals in Louisiana. Harris was a freshman when Prescott was a senior. The two didn’t really talk until college.The quarterbacks exchanged texts through last season, the spring, summer and into this week. Home sweet home Mississippi State owns an eight-game home winning streak entering Saturday’s contest. The streak is the sixth-longest in school history. It’s the longest streak since it won 16 in a row from 1998-2000. Last year, the Bulldogs completed their first undefeated season at home since that time.Alabama handed MSU its last home loss on Nov. 16, 2013.— Michael Bonner GAME-DAY DATA When: Today, 8:20 p.m.Where: Davis Wade Stadium, StarkvilleTelevision: ESPNRadio: 105.9 FM/105.1 FM XM 192; Sirius 126Last meeting: 34-29 MSU, 2014All-time series: LSU leads 71-34-3 KEEP AN EYE ON Brandon Harris, LSU: The Tigers’ quarterback played well when entering the game in the fourth quarter last year. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. UNIT THAT COULD GIVE MSU FITS LSU’s running backs: The unit may not be deep, but Leonard Fournette is arguably the best running back in the Southeastern Conference behind a strong offensive line.
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