Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: Coach Ed Orgeron met with the media after Thursday's practice to talk about and answer questions about Mississippi State, the Tigers opening SEC opponent on the road this weekend.
Top news mentioned is that Derek Stingley Jr. is very questionable for Saturday after going down with an injury in Wednesday's practice. Orgeron stated that he reaggrevated the same injury that kept him out most of fall camp.
Another area with cause for concern is on the offensive line at left tackle. “We’re still going to look at it. We’re going to make a game day decision. Garrett Dellinger, Anthony Bradford are the two guys fighting for it right now. Cam Wire practiced a little bit today, but we’ll see how well he is on Saturday morning.”
The Tigers will need to put pressure on Bulldogs sophomore quarterback, #2 Will Rogers who has been protected well so far this season. He has only been sacked six times in the first three contest, while LSU leads the nation in sacks and tackles for loss, making the battle in the trenches the key matchup of the game.
Even with Stingley likely out of the game, LSU still has a very talented secondary. It will be up to defensive coordinator Daronte Jones to have a solid game plan to apply pressure on the passer, while mixing up coverages to try and confused Rogers.
I don't see either team running the football effectively in this one. The revenge minded Tigers have had to hear about State's Air-Raid attack all week long, with not many speaking much about Max Johnson or the LSU passing attack. Look for the Tigers to flex their defensive muscles while out passing the Bulldogs to victory in this one.
PREDICTION: LSU 38, Miss State 24