QB Dak Prescott vs. LSU’s linebackers
The Mississippi State junior has everything a coach wants in a dual-threat QB: At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he provides matchup issues galore. Prescott has rushed for 273 yards and two touchdowns on 40 attempts. He thrives on first down, rushing for two touchdowns and 109 yards (a 10.9-yard average). If he breaks through the LSU defensive line, it’ll be up to Kwon Alexander, Lamar Louis and D.J. Welter to slow him down.
QB Anthony Jennings vs. DE Preston Smith
Take one guess who leads Mississippi State in interceptions. It has to be a cornerback or safety, right? Wrong. Smith has been a force in the trenches, recording nine tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and two interceptions. Jennings will look to stay upright and hold onto the ball when he’s nearby.
LSU’s backfield vs. State’s run defense
Coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have made it clear: They have four running backs and three fullbacks they can use. State has had no trouble stopping potent rushing attacks: The Bulldogs rank No. 2 in the Southeastern Conference in run defense, allowing 80.3 yards per game.
“He runs with strength. I don’t know exactly how fast he is but, you know, he carves through the ground very quickly. And when you go to tackle him, you better hit him hard.”
— LSU coach Les Miles on Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott
Numbers to know
31 -- Consecutive possessions LSU’s defense has gone without allowing a point. The last time a team scored on the Tigers was on Wisconsin’s first possession of the second half in the season opener.
131 -- Points scored by the Bulldogs, the most they’ve posted in the season’s first three games since 1944.