Mississippi State ready to end losing streak to LSU

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WLOX) - The Bulldogs of coach Dan Mullen can throw the football using two very good quarterbacks in Chris Relf and Tyler Russell and a host of capable wide receivers. They'll face an improving LSU defense.

The Tigers biggest concern....the inconsistent play of quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Despite having three outstanding wide receivers, Jefferson's erratic play takes away an explosive element of the Tigers offense.

Les Miles said, "Our quarterback play, we have to get better at. I think everybody knows that. We also like the improvement that Jarrett Lee has made."  He added, "I can only tell you that it's a game feel and not something that we're envisioning at this point."

Coach Dan Mullen knows his Bulldogs are capable of beating the Tigers and almost accomplished that feat last season in Starkville.

"Obviously going down to LSU, tough place to play, especially at night, road game down there," Mullen exclaimed.  "It's a great atmosphere for college football so, it will propose an exciting challenge for our team."

In 2009 the Tigers generated only 30 yards rushing on 31 attempts against the Mississippi State defense.

15th ranked LSU has pack of running backs led by junior Stephen Ridley of Natchez who carried the load in the Tigers 27 to 3 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Ridley rushed for 159 yards and scored a touchdown. He says this year's offensive line is much better.

Ridley said, "I'm very confident in my offensive line. They've made great strides from last year."

If the Bulldogs can stop LSU's running attack, Mississippi State will force Jefferson to drop back in the pocket and that's when the Bulldogs can take advantage.

LSU was forced to throw the football last season in Starkville and Jefferson passed for 233 yards and tossed a pair of touchdowns.

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