Pity the hand cramps that will no doubt be suffered by this game’s official scorer, which promises to be one of the weekend’s most entertaining affairs.
Mississippi State leads the nation in pass frequency, as its football is in the air 77% of the time. At 64%, LSU checks in at No. 7. Based on averages, the ball will be chucked 97 times inside Davis Wade.
It’s the perfect scenario to kick back and relax, munch on brunch or snacks and a few cold beverages, and likely watch this Over cash by the third quarter. On the West Coast, rise and shine with this 9 a.m. kickoff. We are ecstatic that this one will be on the ESPN national feed.
Junior quarterback Myles Brennan (6-4, 210) broke his left (non-throwing) arm in a freak fall, giving the reins to sophomore Max Johnson (6-5, 219). Johnson, however, might have beaten Brennan in camp anyway, and he kept freshman Garrett Nussmeier and sophomore TJ Finley at bay.
After getting zapped by UCLA in the Rose Bowl to open the season, LSU has bounced back with an easy one over McNeese State and a 49-21 thumping of Central Michigan.
The Bayou Bengals average 365 passing yards, sixth in the country, and Johnson has thrown 11 TD passes and had two picked off. Their 0.555 points-per-play rate is 22nd in the nation.
Johnson’s main target has been sophomore Kayshon Boutte, who has turned 20 receptions into 223 yards, for an 11.2-yard average, and six TDs. Brian Thomas Jr. (6-4, 190) averages 22.7 yards a catch, and Deion Smith averages 21.1.
Jack Bech and Trey Palmer have both caught 10 passes apiece and scored a touchdown. It’s an attack straight out of the mold in which former LSU superstar Joe Burrow thrived.
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It’s an embarrassment of offensive riches for quarterback Will Rogers, who has seven teammates averaging at least nine yards per reception. That’s why the Dogs average 361 passing yards, eighth in college football.
He has two teammates who are national top-10 figures in catches, in Cal transfer Makai Polk (25) and Jo’quavious Marks (22), a 5-foot-10 sophomore running back who might be the danger man of the Bulldogs.
He’s turned those 22 receptions into 94 yards, and a TD. In addition, he’s run 22 times for 83 yards, and two TDs. He will keep LSU middle linebacker Antoine Sampah on his toes all day.
With 16 catches for 116 yards, and 15 runs for 79 yards and a TD, sophomore Dillon Johnson (6-0, 215) is Marks’s lethal backfield complement.
Those two are a load, but the Dogs are most impressive in their receiver corps. Polk, Jaden Walley (14 for 166 yards, 3 TDs), Austin Williams (14-149), Jahmire Calvin (11.4 average) and Malik Heath (10.6 average).
What’s more, sophomore Lideatrick Griffin is second in the nation averaging 43.8 yards on his six kickoff returns.
Mississippi State eked by Louisiana Tech, 35-34, in its opener and beat North Carolina State, 24-10, both at home. Last week at Memphis, the Dogs lost 31-29.
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At LSU a year ago, Mississippi State won, 44-34, as a 14-point underdog. One of our models has the Bulldogs winning this one 38-36, the other 31-24. It’s an early one so don’t miss it, since it could feature the most fireworks of the day.