LSU and Mississippi State will clash Saturday in Baton Rouge in a battle of 7-2 teams. The Tigers are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Alabama, while the Bulldogs have dropped two straight (Alabama and Texas A&M) after beginning the season 7-0. LSU has dominated this series lately, winning 19 of the last 20 games. Here are 12 statistical highlights (LSU’s current win streak over MSU) on both the history and current matchup of these two SEC foes.
105: Games in this series, with LSU leading 69-33-3. The Tigers have played Mississippi State more than any other opponent, while Bulldogs have only faced Ole Miss more times than LSU.
20: Games in this series played outside of Baton Rouge or Starkville. The other locations were Columbus, Miss. (1906, 1910), Gulfport, Miss. (1911), Jackson, Miss. (1926-30, 1958, 1962-63, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1986, 1990) and Monroe, La. (1932-33).
452-144: LSU’s scoring advantage during the Tigers’ current 12-game winning streak in the series.
5: The longest wining streak for Mississippi State in this series. It took place from 1980-1984 under coach Emory Bellard.
18-1: Record for LSU’s Les Miles following a loss. His only time losing back-to-back games was in November of 2008, when the Tigers dropped consecutive decisions to Ole Miss and Alabama.
1991: The last time Mississippi State won in Tiger Stadium, a 28-19 victory with the Bulldogs being led by quarterback Sleepy Robinson and running back Kenny Roberts in coach Jackie Sherrill’s first season at MSU. It’s also the last time this game took place as late as November until this year.
248: Yards receiving by LSU’s Todd Kinchen in that 1991 loss. That mark set a then SEC record.
1896: The first meeting in the series takes place in Baton Rouge, a 52-0 LSU victory.
27: Wins for Mississippi State in 27 games under Dan Mullen when the Bulldogs were leading going into the fourth quarter.
15: Games in this series when LSU has topped the 40-point mark. Mississippi State has scored more than 40 twice, a 55-31 win in 1980 and a 45-26 victory in 1983.
1999: The last time Mississippi State beat LSU, a 17-16 decision in Starkville. A 1-yard touchdown run by Rod Gibson was the game-winner with less than two minutes to go.
3: Games in this series from 1934 to 1970 played outside of Baton Rouge. Those three (1958, 1962-63) took place in Jackson, Miss.
---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)