College football preview on Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Mississippi State & LSU

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -The Southern Miss Golden Eagles tackle Louisiana Tech in Ruston Saturday at six in a final non-conference game.

It's the 43rd clash between the Golden Eagles and Bulldogs and Southern Miss holds a 29 to 13 advantage, the first between the two schools since 1992.

The Golden Eagles are coming off an impressive 31 to 16 win over Kansas.  In that game Southern Miss blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown.

Fedora said, "It's just believing. I mean the guys start getting that feeling that they expect to block a punt."  He added, "Now everybody wants to be a part of it and they want to do it every game."

Mississippi State failed to end LSU's 10 game winning streak last weekend. Tomorrow at six in Starkville Mississippi State will try upending the Georgia Bulldogs beginning Saturday at 6. Mississippi State has lost 9 straight games to Georgia and coach Dan Mullen says he needs his quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers to excel.

"We're going to have to be little bit more focus," Mullen explained.  "We need to make plays and we expect them to make those plays this week against Georgia."@

Fresno State won't be an easy game for Ole Miss.  The Bulldogs and Rebels clash Saturday night at six in Oxford.  Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt says his 1 and 2 Rebels must get back to having fun and that means posting victories.

Nutt said, "There's only one way to spell fun, you've got to have a celebrated locker room. You've got a W-I-N."

This game is the first-ever meeting between Fresno State and Ole Miss.  Bulldogs head coach Pat Hill is in his 13th season and has posted an overall record of 102-66.  He's led Fresno State to 10 bowl appearances and one WAC title.

Ole Miss has two players from the Golden State, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and linebacker Jonathan Cornell.

The 15th ranked LSU Tigers unleashed an aggressive defense last week in a 29 to 7 win over Mississippi State. Tomorrow night at 8 the 3 and 0 Tigers face 22nd ranked West Virginia. The Tigers have piled up 11 sacks in three games and picked off five Mississippi State passes last week. Coach Les Miles says the Tigers defense must contain Mountaineers running back Noel Devine.

"Oh I think it's going to be a great match up." Miles predicts. "It's more then just Noel Devine. You know it's a quality West Virginia offense."

LSU will use that aggressive defense to try and contain the Mountaineers explosive offensive attack.  West Virginia is averaging just over 28 points per game while the Tigers defense is giving up only 11 points an outing.

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