Opinion Offering: Tough Road Ahead

Next game: at No. 15 LSU (2-0, 1-0 SEC), Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPNU (Clay Matvick, Herm Edwards and Jessica Mendoza)

When coaches and players talk about playing on the road, sometimes the comments offered are clichéd, recycled, stuff you’ve heard before. For MSU this week, the challenge of going into a packed Tiger Stadium can’t be overstated.

There are many reasons MSU hasn’t won there in 19 years. For starters, LSU is usually the better team. Secondly, and you could argue this is a bigger factor, that’s one intimidating place to play. As I write in my opinion offering today, the Bulldogs are going to have to find a way to deal with it.

“It’s going to be pretty loud out there,” said tailback Robert Elliott. Or, more likely, very loud.

This will be MSU’s first road game of the season, and therefore first SEC road game. They won’t get any tougher than this, and imagine what a win Saturday would accomplish. For one, it would quiet the LSU fans, considered by many to be the most obnoxious in the SEC (heck, in the country, although I’m sure a few would still talk trash). Secondly, it puts you at .500 in SEC play and means the Bulldogs have learned how to come through in tough situations.

I expect a close game, but we’ll do the predictions later today. Also, I did a Q&A with LSU beat writer Randy Rosetta, so look for that in a bit.

ON THE LINKS: Speaking of predictions and Rosetta, The (Baton Rouge) Advocate has predictions on all this weekend’s SEC games. … Rosetta has his weekly SEC rankings. He thinks more highly of LSU than I do. … Much has been written of late on LSU’s quarterback situation. Here’s what Glenn Guilbeau wrote for The (Shreveport) Times today.