In the spotlight: Mississippi State’s Josh Robinson _lowres

Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson (13) runs up field for a short gain against UAB in the first half of an NCAA college football game at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Mississippi State won 47-34. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Why he’s good

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott gets all the attention, but junior running back Josh Robinson is quietly having a solid season for the Bulldogs. Robinson has rushed 46 times for 288 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 96 yards per game. In MSU’s one road game — last week at South Alabama — he finished with 12 carries for 77 yards and two scores. More importantly, Robinson has been a big-play threat who will give LSU’s linebackers their first test since they squared off against Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon in Houston.

Biggest obstacle

Robinson this season has yet to face a squad that even slightly resembles an SEC defense. LSU’s rushing defense ranks fifth in the SEC, allowing 111.3 rushing yards per game. Expect Robinson’s 6.2 yards per attempt to take a hit this weekend.

He said it

“I’ve got something for you.”

— Robinson two weeks ago, in reference to LSU. The (Jackson, Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger reported that State denied all media requests for Robinson this week.

Number to know

In last year’s matchup in Starkville, Robinson had six carries for 40 yards.


Say what?

“You know what’s interesting? I worked for him and recognized his strengths. I was fortunate for him, for me that he would make a mistake and hire this guy from Oklahoma, and I can tell you that I owe him a phone call.”

— Les Miles on Skip Bertman

By the numbers

7 -- Touchdowns scored by LSU true freshmen this season.

17 -- True freshmen who have played this season, the most for any class since Les Miles arrived in 2005.

16 -- Career catches Travin Dural has for either a touchdown or a first down. He has 19 career receptions at LSU.