BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU begins conference play Saturday in Starkville against the undefeated Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Tigers (2-0) are coming off a 45-10 win against Chattanooga and will take a huge step up in competition this weekend.
The Bulldogs are also 2-0, with blowout wins against Charleston Southern (49-0) and Louisiana Tech (57-21).
Here's a look at the Tigers and Bulldogs, by the numbers ...
Players to Watch for State:
Miss. State Rushing Offense:
Aeris Williams: 25 carries for 191 yards (7.6 avg) and 1 touchdown
Nick Fitzgerald: 17 carries for 154 yards (8.9 avg) and 3 touchdowns
Kylin Hill: 19 carries 126 yards (6.5 avg) and 1 touchdown
Miss. State Passing Offense:
Nick Fitzgerald: 28 of 47 for 363 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception
Donald Gray: 7 receptions for 76 yards and 1 touchdown
Gabe Myles: 4 receptions for 40 yards and 2 touchdowns
Miss. State Defense:
Dezmond Harris: 11 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack
Gerri Green: 10 total tackles, 2 for tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles
Mark McLaurin: 10 total tackles, 1 interception and 2 pass breakups
Jeffery Simmons: 10 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 sack
Kickoff: 6 p.m. from Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville
While several experts have picked Miss. State to upset the Tigers, if LSU just takes care of business, they will be the team making an early statement.
PREDICTION: LSU 28, Miss. State 13.