The #2 overall LSU Tigers (6-0) travel to Starkville this weekend for an SEC West showdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs (3-3). Kickoff is set for 3:30 PM EST on October 19th at Davis Wade Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on CBS.
Taking a look at the Week 8 college football odds, LSU opened as an 18-point road favorite earlier this week. The spread has decreased by half a point after early betting, as the Tigers are currently listed at -17.5. The total for the game is sitting at 61 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Mississippi State vs LSU
LSU improved to 6-0 on the season overall last weekend after an impressive 42-28 home victory over #9 overall Florida. After heading into the half tied at 21 apiece, the Tigers outscored the Gators 21-7 over the final two quarters en route to a 14-point win. QB Joe Burrow was 21/24 for 293 passing yards and three touchdowns while also adding 43 rushing yards on six carries. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire also had a multi-touchdown outing, finding the end zone twice and racking up 134 yards on the ground. The electrifying receiving duo of Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson absolutely torched the Florida secondary, combining for 250 yards and three touchdowns on 17 catches. As a whole, LSU generated well over 500 total yards of offense and scored six touchdowns.
The Tigers defense had an average outing against Florida, giving up over 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. LSU really had a tough time slowing down Gators QB Kyle Trask, as he threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Mississippi State dropped back to .500 overall last weekend, falling 20-10 on the road to Tennessee. The Bulldogs trailed 10-3 at the half and never recovered, getting outscored 10-7 over the final 30 minutes of the game. Both Tommy Stevens and Garrett Shrader really struggled through the air, combining for only 146 passing yards and giving up three interceptions. Deddrick Thomas caught the only touchdown of the game for MS State, finding the end zone on one of his two catches for 25 yards, Overall, the offense gained just over 250 yards in their second straight road loss.
The Bulldogs defense was pretty solid against Tennessee, surrendering just over 300 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. Mississippi State did a great job defending against the pass, giving up only 167 yards and a touchdown through the air while also recording three interceptions.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: LSU -17.5
I think that the Tigers currently offer some pretty decent value in this SEC matchup, as they should find a way to win this game pretty easily despite playing on the road. LSU has won four out of their first six games by at least four touchdowns, while their other two victories against Texas and Florida were by a combined 21 points. On the other side, Mississippi State has lost two consecutive games by double-digits and could be in tough yet again here in Week 8 against a Tigers offense that is averaging well over 55 points per game. The Bulldogs offense simply doesn’t have the personnel to keep up with a high-flying LSU squad, as they have only averaged just over 21 points per game since the middle of September.
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MS State has really struggled against the spread as of late, going just 2-4 ATS so far this season. They are also only 1-8 straight up in their last nine meetings with the Tigers at home. While LSU is still unbeaten through their first six games outright, they are also a rock-solid 4-1-1 against the spread over that same time span. The Tigers have also gone 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games against SEC opponents. Even if the Bulldogs hang tough for a couple of quarters at home on Saturday afternoon, LSU should pull away down the stretch and find a way to cover this pretty reasonable spread. I’ll lay the points and roll with the road favorite – give me the Tigers!