BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - 1. Hunter & Rasco crashing Prescott's pocket - Through three games of the season, LSU defensive ends Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter have received good grades. But they're hardly Sam Montgomery and KeKe Mingo from 2011 yet. Rasco has two quarterback sacks so far, Hunter none. Saturday night they'll be called upon to get some heat on Mississippi State's star quarterback Dak Prescott, who could really give the Tigers some problems if he's not harassed. LSU's rushers have to crash the pocket and prevent Prescott from extending plays. Quarterback sacks will likewise bring the Tiger Stadium crowd to live and create a very difficult atmosphere for the Bulldogs.
2. Anthony Jennings first SEC start - the sophomore quarterback has five touchdown passes and just one interception this season. His LSU teammates compliment Jennings demeanor and grounded emotional approach. The tightly contested duel against true freshman Brandon Harris during August, has turned into a lopsided affair in playing time, with Jennings gaining a strong grip on the job. Saturday will be another big step. This is big time SEC football. Mississippi State allowed over 400 yards of passing to UAB, so I believe Jennings will have his opportunities down the field to Travin Dural, John Diarse, Trey Quinn and other LSU receivers.
3. Miles vs Mullen - not only are many pundits predicting Mississippi State to pull off an upset, they're also saying the Bulldogs' Dan Mullen will out coach Les Miles in this contest. We'll see about that. Mullen has done a nice job in Starkville, but there are questions about him hitting a ceiling with the program. Will they ever be able to consistently compete with LSU and Alabama in the SEC West. Mullen has never beaten LSU and Miles. The Tigers haven't lost to MSU period since 1999 and haven't been defeated by them at home since Color Me Badd was on the Top 40 charts in 1991. Mullen needs a win like this to step the next step. Miles and LSU on the other hand can't afford to slip up, with LSU making trips to Auburn and Florida to begin the month of October.