Five reasons why LSU will beat Mississippi State

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LSU’s SEC opener is finally here.

The Tigers go on the road up to Starkville, Mississippi to take on Mississippi State, who has had a rocky start to the season. A one-point win over Louisiana Tech was followed up with a 21-point win over a solid NC State team. Then, this past week the Bulldogs lost 31-29 at Memphis.

Mississippi State has been a difficult team to figure out this season. Now, with games against Auburn, Kentucky, and Florida approaching, the Tigers can’t afford to take their eyes off of this game if they want to make a push at the SEC West title.

Here are five reasons why LSU beats Mississippi State on Saturday.

LSU's passing game will be firing on all cylinders

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The Tigers are currently averaging 303.7 passing yards per game (fourth in the SEC). Mississippi State gives up an average of 243.3 passing yards per game (last in the SEC). Max Johnson & Co. should be able to establish themselves through the air.

Bo Pelini is no longer LSU's DC

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While LSU’s defense isn’t elite, it’s not on the level that Bo Pelini had it last season. Mississippi State won’t have the success it had offensively last season.

Mississippi State won't be able to sustain drives

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The Bulldogs currently average 4.93 plays per drive, which is last in the SEC (per SEC Statcat). LSU’s defense will bend, but not break against an MSU offense that can’t stay on the field.

LSU has had a lot of success in Starkville

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While the overall series has been back and forth as of late, LSU is 9-1 in Starkville since 2000. Talent will win out in this game.

Ed Orgeron knows what's at stake

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Orgeron knows that two losses in September don’t bode well with the fanbase. With the SEC slate getting more difficult as the season goes on, LSU needs as many wins against inferior competition as it can get.

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