Three for three.
LSU will host Mississippi State in a night kickoff on Sept. 20, giving the Tigers a primetime slot in their first three home games of 2014.
The Bulldogs and Tigers will kick off at 6 p.m. and air on ESPN, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday. CBS, which has first selection among the SEC-affiliated networks, chose Florida-Alabama for its afternoon time slot.
ESPN scooped up Mississippi State-LSU with the second pick to give LSU and athletic director Joe Alleva what he fought for during offseason: more night kickoffs.
No. 10 LSU (2-0) hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers beat Sam Houston State 56-0 last week in a game that began at 6:30 p.m. LSU opened the season in Houston with a 28-24 comeback win over Wisconsin, a game that started after 8 p.m. on ESPN.
LSU has beaten Mississippi State 14 straight years, dating to a 17-16 loss in Starkville in 1999. The Tigers have won 21 of the last 22 meetings between the two squads and lead the overall series 71-33-3, the most wins over any SEC school on the 2014 schedule.
The Bulldogs (2-0) are receiving 29 votes in the Associated Press top 25, good for 33rd overall. They’re led by dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott, a Haughton native.