LSU-Mississippi State set for night kickoff on ESPN _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) is pursued on a breakaway run in the second half Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. LSU beat Sam Houston State 56-0.

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.

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