It’s a big, BIG weekend in Starkville! We bring the LSU Tigers (4-1 overall, 1-1 in SEC games) in for a night game. It’ll be another sellout, our 26th in a row. That means over 55,000 fans will be packed in! The stadium expansion needs to get finished fast! Although no word has been made at this time, I’m pretty sure we will be wearing white, keeping LSU from their historically magical white-at-night performances. Not trying to be a Debbie Downer or a Pessimistic Penny, but LSU has won 20 of the last 21 times we have played. LSU has defeated the Bulldogs 13 years in a row. State’s last win was on October 23rd, 1999, with a score of 17-16. Believe you me, we partied like it was 1999 that night indeed.
The Bayou Bengals are coming to play after a loss to Georgia. That could mean they are hungry to prove themselves; it could also mean they are a little bent…we could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, their Achilles heel. Really, though, they have been named the Goliath to our David. Coach Miles knows the loudness factor of our stadium–his strategy has been to pump in loud rap music and cowbell noises at their practice field, to get them ready for the clang-rich environment Saturday. Both teams have notable receivers that will help each offense get to the goal line: Jameon Lewis for MissState, who’s caught 12 passes for 248 yds and 2 TDs, and LSU has Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. (Slightly higher stats than our guy, but we won’t focus on that.)
Our State guys are coming off a bye week. They’ve gotten rest, recovered from bumps and bruises, and are ready to take charge. A LOT of hype has been coming from Starkville – coming from the team, the staff and coaches, and definitely from students and fans. State is calling for the east side of the stadium and end zone to wear white, while the west side wears maroon. Everyone wants the fans to bring their cowbells and clang their hearts out. (But do so respectfully…yeah, right!!) The cowbell had been banned during SEC conference games up until a couple of years ago. Acknowledging and respecting our deep-rooted traditions, our SEC colleagues decided to give us a chance to prove that we can “ring responsibly”. There are signs in Davis Wade Stadium that will say when it is okay to ring cowbells. There are also many public service announcements around campus reminding students and fans to “ring responsibly”. Well, what do you think? You think we really give a care about that rule this weekend?? Probably not. Definitely not.
Everyone knows this is a big, daunting game for us. Coach Collins is confident, but in after-practice interviews, he said he realizes, and is fully aware, that LSU’s offense and defense are so strong, there’s nothing they can’t do. They can make any play, know how to block and receive in any situation, and do so very successfully. He, along with everyone else on the team, wants fans to bring tons of spirit, loudness, energy, and good vibes to help our guys take charge on the field. It is definitely a magical, electric environment when there is such a unanimous and positive spirit in the air. The epic matchup starts at 6 central on ESPN. Get loud and Go Dawgs!!
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