Before the start of play in Week 7 in college football, we all thought we had a pretty good idea of which teams would end up vying for those 4 coveted playoff spots. The teams that had been in the top 4 since Week 1 looked as though they were going to be tough to beat, but you also had a handful of teams lined up just waiting to pounce if one of them did slip. By the time Week 7 was over, all that we believed was blown out the window, as it was a week where the underdogs shined brightest of all.
The LSU Tigers were one of the teams that pulled themselves right back into the playoff picture, laying an absolute beating on the #2 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Ironically enough, another set of Bulldogs will be heading into Baton Rouge this weekend, with Mississippi State the next team up on the schedule for LSU. The Tigers know that they need this one just as badly as their win last week, and they are in as a 7-point favorite at home.
Mississippi State vs LSU NCAA Football Week 8 Odds & Pick
- When: Saturday, October 20 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: TuneIn
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- NCAA Football Week 8 Odds: LSU -7 (Total 45)
- Partly Cloudy: 10°C/50°F
- Humidity: 42%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 53%
- Wind: 11 mph NW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Mississippi State Bulldogs?
The Mississippi State Bulldogs come into this one with a 4-2 record, but what is perhaps the most surprising here is that their offensive and defensive stats are eerily similar to that of the 6-1 Tigers. It’s probably no surprise to anyone that the Bulldogs are going to try and run the ball down the throat of the LSU defense, as the run game has delivered over 240 YPG this season.
The Bulldogs are out of contention in the SEC after back to back losses to Florida and Kentucky, but they would love nothing more than to still have an impact on how the conference, and potentially the playoffs, end up playing out. Getting the win here seems unlikely, though, as they have just 2 wins in their last 18 games against LSU. That said, they have gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 against the Tigers, which may be your best bet if you are intent on putting money on the Bulldogs.
- Average Score For: 31.00
- Total Yards: 430.67
- Rush Yards: 240.67
- Passing Yards: 190.00
- Average Score Against: 12.67
- Total Yards: 289.66
- Rush Yards: 115.33
- Passing Yards: 174.33
Why bet on the LSU Tigers?
The Tigers jumped all the way back up the #5 spot after their beatdown of Georgia last weekend, but they will know that this is an opponent that they cannot look beyond, especially with a match-up against Alabama looming on the horizon. Home field advantage has been big for this team, especially against Mississippi State, as they have won 10 of the last 11 meetings versus the Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers are also 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games at home, as well as being 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Conference games are always a little tougher than most, especially when playing a division rival, so LSU needs to stay focused and build on the momentum they started with that win last week.
- Average Score For: 32.00
- Total Yards: 404.14
- Rush Yards: 202.14
- Passing Yards: 202.00
- Average Score Against: 16.86
- Total Yards: 340.29
- Rush Yards: 120.43
- Passing Yards: 219.86
Mississippi State at LSU NCAA Football Week 8 Betting Trends
- Mississippi State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Mississippi State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Mississippi State’s last 5 games
- Louisiana State is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
- Louisiana State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisiana State’s last 5 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Mississippi State at LSU
The Tigers looked great in their win over Georgia last week, and you feel that if they put in the same level of effort on both sides of the football against Mississippi State, they should be able to win and cover.
Score: Mississippi State Bulldogs 20 – LSU Tigers 33