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The Associated Press (AP)- No. 10 LSU (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) at Mississippi State (2-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: LSU by 9 ½.

Series record: LSU leads 70-33-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

LSU is trying to rebound from a disappointing 44-41 loss to Georgia last weekend. The Tigers are much improved offensively, but gave up nearly 500 total yards against Georgia. Mississippi State is trying to beat LSU for the first time since 1999.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger against Mississippi State’s secondary: Mettenberger has been one of the league’s most improved players, throwing for 1,398 yards, 13 touchdowns and only one interception so far this season. Mississippi State’s young secondary had a good performance in a 62-7 win over Troy on Sept. 21.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LSU: WR Jarvis Landry has been the Tigers’ most prolific receiver, catching 34 passes for 520 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. have been Mettenberger’s favorite targets and could feast on Mississippi State’s inexperienced secondary.

Mississippi State: RB LaDarius Perkins has been quiet through the team’s first four games because of a nagging ankle injury, but the senior says he’s healthy after a bye week. He rushed for a team-high 1,024 yards last season but has only 109 this fall.

FACTS & FIGURES

LSU has won 20 of 21 games in the series, dating back to 1992, and 13 straight dating back to 1999. … LSU has a 20-1 record under coach Les Miles following a loss. … The Tigers are playing SEC road games in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2009. … Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell is expected to return after missing three games with a concussion. He’ll likely split time under center with sophomore Dak Prescott, who has thrown for 709 yards and rushed for 215 more in Russell’s absence. … Mississippi State has had 16 receivers catch a pass this season, which ranks second in the SEC.

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