First and foremost, Mike Leach was the most successful Washington State head coach in a generation. But “The Pirate” saw what a mess the Pac 12 Conference has become. So too did he know that Wazzu had reached its maximum output as a program under his leadership. With that in mind Leach went to the best conference in the land. He has always wondered how his “Air Raid” system would work in the SEC. Leach joined a Mississippi State Bulldogs program with natural challenges against the CFB Odds. Leach debuts at the defending national champion LSU Tigers Saturday. LSU will be a vastly different team for 2020.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers
Date and Time: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mississippi State at LSU odds at Bookmaker.eu: Mississippi State +17 vs. LSU -17, over under 57.6
TV Coverage: CBS
Mississippi State at LSU Odds Analysis
For this matchup casual fans will back the defending national champions. LSU has unmatchable cache as the 15-0 national champions from 2019. Which creates a massive name brand betting factor. This year’s Bayou Bengals are missing most key elements from 2019. But squares won’t care as they see the letters “LSU.” Sharps will be giving Mississippi State full consideration. Problematic is that Leach didn’t get to implement his system last spring.
Hail State Swings Their Sword in the SEC
There is certainly excitement with the CFB odds regarding the arrival of Leach. He offers an offense and personality like no other. Leach brings a surprisingly simple offense to Mississippi State. With limited practice time that may prove to be an advantage. The Air Raid consists of about five total plays. For that reason, MSU could have a week one edge. Especially against the new LSU roster.
Football Gods Set to Punish LSU?
Starting with departed Heisman Trophy quarterback Joe Burrow does LSU have holes to fill. Nearly all key players from the 2019 championship team are gone to the NFL. It is true that coach Ed Orgeron has recruited at a national elite level. But that talent will need time to gain experience. Another major change is the arrival of Scott Linehan as passing game coordinator. With these changes is the danger of overlays. The bottom line is that a 15-0 national championship season is impossible to duplicate. The Football Gods tend to punish such success.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers Against the Spread
Mississippi State is 3-11 on the board at SEC opponents while going 2-7 under the total in that role. MSU is 4-8 against the spread as a road dog with five of their last eight as away pups going over the total. September road games show Hail State at 2-7 with the odds as six of their last 10 September away tilts went under.
LSU is 6-3-1 against the spread in SEC home games. with four of their last six in that role going under. The Bayou Bengals are 1-8 with the odds in September home action as four of their last six September home games went under. LSU is 5-4-1 against the CFB odds as home chalk with the over paying in five of their last nine in that role.
Overall, in this head to head series MSU got the cash in four of their last six with LSU. This series has gone under the total five times in a row. LSU is 3-2 against the spread when hosting Hail State as the last two in this series at Tiger Stadium went under the total.
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers Bookmaker Free Pick
In this situation Mississippi State should be a live Bulldog with bite. Of course, LSU has the raw talent advantage but its unproven on the field.
Bulldogs at Tigers Bookmaker Best Bet: Mississippi State Bulldogs
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