LSU Tigers (0-0) -18, O/U No line vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (0-0), 8 p.m. Eastern Thursday, August 30, 2007 on ESPN
by Jerald of Predictem.com
The LSU Tigers come into this game as with 6 returning offense starters and 8 returning defensive starters from the 2006 team that went 11-2 which was culminated with a 41-14 win against Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs return 10 starters on offense and 5 starters on defense from the 2006 team that was 3-9 in 2006.
LSU defeated Mississippi State 48-17 in 2006 and has dominated the Bulldogs in recent history. They have won 14 of the past 15 games and covered the pointspread in 13 of those games.
In 2006 the LSU offense averaged 159 yards rushing (4.62 yards per rush) and 245 yards passing while scoring an average of 33.1 points per game. The LSU defense gave up an average of 93 yards rushing (3.03 yards per rush) and 146 yards passing while giving up 12.5 points per game in 2006.
In 2006 the Mississippi State offense averaged 95 yards rushing (2.90 yards per rush) and 192 yards passing while scoring an average of 18.4 points per game. The Mississippi State defense gave up an average of 115 yards rushing (3.43 yards per rush) and 206 yards passing while giving up 25.8 points per game in 2006.
The Sagarin PREDICTOR ratings at USAToday.com rank the Tigers at 4th at 90.47. Mississippi State ranks 85th at 65.30.
The Predictem Pick:
Despite the home crowd atmosphere for a Thursday night game we see this game being completely dominated by a team with National Championship aspirations. The Tigers should dominate on defense and we predict them to roll to a big victory and suggest a wager on LSU minus the 18 points. This game’s opening point spread was at -16.5
LSU 37 Mississippi State 7
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