Bulldogs show no fear ahead of game with LSU Tigers

MSU's Jordan Thomas makes a catch agianst Louisiana Tech.
Staff Writer

Call it bold. Call it confident. Call it stupid. Call it whatever you like.

Whatever you call it, know this – after a 2-0 start to the season, Mississippi State is staring down the barrel at LSU this week and despite the traditional power of the Tigers, the Bulldogs remain unmoved and unafraid of Saturday’s 6 p.m. game at Davis Wade Stadium.

“We’re a very talented team and I believe we can beat anybody that we line up across from,” Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald said. “There is no intimidation. There is no fear. There is no reservation. We’re going to focus on ourselves, we’re going to play our ball and we’re going to do what we need to do no matter who lines up across from us.”

The Bulldogs have ample reason to believe in themselves. They have looked dominant in wins over Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech in the season’s first two weeks.

LSU has matched State’s success however. The Tigers defeated BYU 27-0 in the year’s first game, then took care of Chattanooga and former MSU quarterback Nick Tiano 45-10 on Saturday.

Beyond that though, LSU has had State’s number. Since 2000, the Bulldogs have just one victory in the series. That was State’s 34-29 win at LSU back in 2014. Mississippi State hasn’t beaten LSU in Starkville since the turn of the millennium.

How can State reverse the trends? Fitzgerald said it all starts with focus.

“Now it’s more," Fitzgerald said. "Let’s lock in. We’re going to have to prepare harder than we’ve prepared the last two weeks. We’re going to have to play harder. We’re going to have to execute harder, but we’re excited and we’re energized. We’re confident going into it and I think we’ll be alright.”

The Bulldogs hope all the good vibes lead to a big win on its home turf. Mississippi State hasn’t started a season at 3-0 since that special 2014 season that saw MSU rise to No. 1 in the country for five weeks. The third win of that season? It was the aforementioned win over LSU.

As the Bulldogs work hard to make history repeat itself, they have no illusions that the challenge they are about to face is going to be easy.

“They’re an excellent team,” MSU head coach Dan Mullen said of the Bayou Bengals. “They have a ridiculous amount of talent. We’ve got to take another step forward this week. It’s a great challenge for us to prepare harder, practice harder and play harder next Saturday.”