Mississippi State vs LSU Betting Odds: QB’s Could Star in This One

Undefeated Mississippi State Eyeing Rare Win in Baton Rouge

SEC Showdown Features Two of SEC’s Most Accurate Passers

There are four starting quarterbacks in the star-studded Southeastern Conference completing more than 70% of their passes and two of them will be taking the field in Baton  Rouge on Saturday when visiting Mississippi State meets up with Louisiana State.

Both teams have some work to do to move up in the competitive SEC as both the Bulldogs and Tigers are tied for 10th in the odds to win the SEC title.

While there are talented players on both teams, much of the focus will be on the two coaches. Mississippi State’s Mike Leach is one of the most unique characters in the college football world while Brian Kelly stunned many college football point spreads when he left Notre Dame to take over at LSU.

Pointspreads takes a look at one of the more intriguing games involving SEC teams this week with the Mississippi State vs LSU betting odds favoring the visiting Bulldogs.

Mississippi State vs Louisiana State Game Information

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Will Rogers is back slinging the ball around in the “Air Raid” offense for Mississippi State.

It is a foregone conclusion that the quarterback in any Mike Leach-coached team will get plenty of chances to throw the ball; however, this is not just a case of quantity winning out over quality.

Rogers has completed 78.6% of his passes in the Bulldogs’ first two games. He is tied for second nationally with nine touchdown passes and has thrown for 450 and 313 yards in wins over Memphis and Arizona. His presence is one of the reasons why the Mississippi State vs LSU betting odds favor the visiting Bulldogs.

Running back Dillon Johnson leads the team with 12 catches. He is also the team leader with 127 rushing yards. Receivers Rufus Harvey, Rara Thomas, and Caleb Ducking have combined for 31 catches and five TD grabs.

Jeff Johnson leads the defense with 20 tackles. Mississippi State only has three quarterback sacks in the first two games so that is an area that needs to be addressed.

Louisiana State Tigers

Jayden Daniels has been as good as advertised in his first season at LSU. The former Arizona State starting quarterback has not only completed 77.8% of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the first two games of 2022, but he is also LSU’s leader with 132 rushing yards even though his snaps were limited due to the lopsided nature of Saturday’s game against Southern University. His strong play is not enough for the Tigers to be favored according to the Mississippi State vs LSU betting odds.

Sophomores Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas have combined for 15 catches and 222 receiving yards.

Sophomores Major Burns and Greg Penn led the way on defense with 12 and 11 tackles.

Among SEC teams, only South Carolina is allowing more rushing yards per game than LSU. That might not come into play on Saturday when facing the pass-happy Mississippi State team, but it is still something that will need to be addressed in future games when betting on LSU.

Mississippi State vs Louisiana State Injury Update

LSU running back John Emery Jr. is eligible to return after serving a two-game suspension. Linebacker BJ Ojulari is probable, and running back John Emery and kicker Nathan Dilbert is questionable. Defensive back Raydarious Jones (academics) and defensive lineman Maason Smith (knee) are out for the season.

Mississippi State vs Louisiana State Head-to-Head

LSU has won 19 of the 22 meetings against Mississippi State since the start of the 2000 season. When LSU was winning 14 games in a row in the series, only two of those contests finished as one-score affairs.

Mississippi State has been somewhat more competitive recently with three wins in the last eight matchups. The last time the teams played in Baton Rouge, Mississippi State came away with the 44-34 win.

LSU won 28-25 in the 2021 meeting as a 1.5-point favorite on the road. Mississippi State outgained the Tigers 486-343 in the game but needed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to make things interesting.

Mississippi State vs Louisiana State Betting Preview

LSU has been favored in the last 21 meetings with Mississippi State, however, the visiting Bulldogs are the slight favorites in this one.

Only two SEC teams have fewer sacks this season than LSU and Mississippi State. Mississippi State is tied for 11th in the SEC with seven tackles for loss while LSU is last with only six stops behind the line of scrimmage. If that trend doesn’t change, the quarterbacks could have a night to remember.

Mississippi State has covered in each of its last five road games, is 4-1 against the spread in its last five conference games, and has covered in seven of its last nine games overall.

LSU is 16-4 in its last 20 home games and in 11 of the last 13 times that the Bulldogs made the trip to Baton Rouge.

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