The basics

Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium

TV: ESPN

Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana

Series: LSU leads 71-33-3

Last meeting: LSU 59, Mississippi State 26 (2013)

The opponent: Mississippi State

Record: 3-0 (0-0 Southeastern Conference)

Best win: Defeated UAB 47-34 on Sept. 6 after trailing in the second quarter.

Offensive leaders: QB Dak Prescott (43-of-72 passing, 59.7 percent, 696 yards, 9 TDs; 40 carries, 298 yards, 2 TDs), RB Josh Robinson (46 attempts, 288 yards, 3 TDs)

Defensive leaders: MLB Benardrick McKinney (20 tackles, 5 TFLs, 2 sacks, 1 FR), DE Preston Smith (9 tackles, 3 TFLs, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 blocked field goal)

Rumblings: Many thought this would be the year State, which hasn’t defeated LSU since the 20th century (1999), gets the Tigers. State, which is hitting on all cylinders on offense, must believe it has a shot after reaching 3-0 for only the second time since it last beat LSU.

The offense — What you don’t want to hear

Behind Dak Prescott, a triple-threat quarterback who threw for a touchdown, ran for a score and caught one Saturday in a 35-3 blowout of South Alabama, the Bulldogs average 43.7 points and 526.7 total yards.

The offense — What you do want to hear

If there is a weakness, it has to be a passing game that has just 53 completions in three games.

The defense — What you don’t want to hear

The Bulldogs have an active and aggressive front seven that has given up just 2.3 yards per rushing attempt, allowing 80.3 yards per game.

The defense — What you do want to hear

While the front seven has been tough, State has given up 311.7 passing yards per game. UAB got it for 434 yards and averaged a whopping 27.2 yards per completion.

Follow Sheldon Mickles on Twitter @MicklesAdvocate.