The Tigers and Bulldogs will square off in the first SEC showdown of the 2023 college football season
The SEC begins conference play Saturday and features one of the weekend’s most interesting games. No. 14 LSU will travel to Starkville, Mississippi and take on Mississippi State in a border battle of West division rivals. Both teams have taken an intriguing path into this Week 3 showdown.
The Tigers fell to No. 3 Florida State 45-24 in Orlando, Florida, in one of the biggest games of Week 1 over Labor Day weekend. They got back on the right track last week, boat-racing Grambling 72-10 in their home-opener. Quarterback Jayden Daniels was on point in the win as he finished with five touchdowns and averaged 11.2 yards per attempt. Does that vault him back into the Heisman Trophy race? Considering the competition, of course not. However, a similar outing against the Bulldogs might do the trick.
The Bulldogs topped Arizona in a 31-24 overtime thriller last weekend in Starkville, which pushed coach Zach Arnett’s record to 2-0 on the young season. However, the Wildcats did a solid job of keeping Mississippi State’s offense in check … which isn’t common against a Mississippi State team that has become known for its offensive prowess.
What should you expect Saturday afternoon? Let’s break down the game and make picks straight up and against the spread.