I keep forgetting to promo the next team on the schedule. Sorry. Here's the Week 4 opponent.
LSU Tigers (Sept. 26, in Starkville)
• Conference: SEC West
• 2008 record: 8-5 (3-5 SEC, 3rd), beat Georgia Tech 38-3 in Chick-Fil-A Bowl
• Final ranking: Unranked
• Coach: Les Miles (4 years, 42-11 record)
• Returning starters: 15 (7 offense, 6 defense, 2 specialists)
• Last year: LSU 34, MSU 24 (in Baton Rouge)
• On the Web: lsusports.net
This will be MSU's first SEC home game, which several of Dan Mullen's friends will be attending. Perhaps they'll serve as inspiration? State will take what it can get in this one. Last year was considered an anomaly for LSU, which by all accounts will be much improved this year. RB Charles Scott (1,174 yards, 18 TDs) returns to lead an offense that will also feature speedy WR Trindon Holliday and WR Brandon LaFell.
LSU's main problem on offense last year was quarterback. Sophomore Jarrett Lee is back with eight starts under his belt, but it looks like sophomore Jordan Jefferson will be the man under center. He started the final two games of the 2008 season, including the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and in those two games he was 25-for-46 for 285 yards, three TDs and no picks. He also rushed for 75 yards.
Expect the Tigers to be unbeaten and highly ranked entering this game. As big a dual threat as Jefferson can be, the defense better stop Scott first. He's a tough runner, and he burned the Bulldogs for 141 yards and two TDs in last year's matchup.
LSU lost three starting defensive linemen from last season, including both its defensive ends. Still, this will be the first big test for State's offensive line and its new blocking schemes.
Up next: Georgia Tech