Free Week 3 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Tigers Odds
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(1-1) Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
NCAA Football Spread: LSU -14.0
NCAA Betting Total: 45.0
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A first week loss to Southern Alabama had the Bulldogs thinking about the glory days of Dak Prescott and dreading this season. However, there’s no time to sulk over bad losses in the SEC.
Mississippi State had to respond right away with a game against South Carolina where they dismantled the Gamecocks. Now they’ll head to Death Valley for a shot at LSU who is coming off a win over Jacksonville State.
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Nick Fitzgerald should start again at quarterback for the Bulldogs after a great game against South Carolina.
He ran for 195 yards while throwing for 178 yards on 19 of 29 passing. He also threw for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception but recorded more yards than South Carolina as a team.
The Bulldogs will need that type of offensive and defensive performance to knock off the Tigers.
The scary thing for the Bulldogs might be how due LSU running back Leonard Fournette is for a big game.
Fournette sat out last week against Jacksonville State after a sub par performance in LSU’s loss to Wisconsin.
The Bulldog defense played great last week but South Carolina has one of the worst offenses in the SEC.
The loss at home to South Alabama is very concerning for Mississippi State as now they have to go to one of the most difficult places to play at LSU.
Fitzgerald will have to be efficient but he can’t expect to run that well against this Tiger defense. The Bulldogs are going to need to win the turnover margin by at least a couple to steal this one in Death Valley.
Danny Etling has been named the starting quarterback for LSU this week and will look to add a passing threat to the Tigers offense after a pretty poor game against Jacksonville State.
LSU has typically won with a strong run game and a dominant defense. That looks to be the formula again this year with a couple of strong backs as well as Fournette and a defense that has done its part in the first two games.
LSU has their eyes on the national championship still after their Week 1 loss but it will come down to Etling.
It will be very difficult to present a real threat to win the whole thing without a consistent passing game.
You know what you are going to get with Fournette. He struggled against Wisconsin but they are arguably the best defense in the whole country.
The LSU defense is experienced and athletic and is poised to carry the Tigers through the SEC.
The LSU success in this game and all season will depend the ability of their quarterback to stretch the field – even just a little – to open up the box for Fournette and their other running options.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 11-2 in Miss State’s last 13 SEC games.
- Miss State are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 meetings.
- Under is 12-16 in Miss State’s last 28 games overall.
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14 seems like a lot of points to cover for a team that didn’t score a point in the first quarter last week against Jacksonville State.
However, now they have Fournette and will certainly be prepared and focused for this first SEC game at home at night.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: LSU -14.0
I think Fournette will run wild and the Tiger defense will control Fitzgerald. The Tigers roll in this one.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: LSU 30 – Mississippi State 9
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