NCAA Football Odds: Thursday LSU @ Mississippi State Picks

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Thursday night football for college football picks heads to Starkville on Thursday night for the only game on the slate, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs try to beat the NCAA football odds against the LSU Tigers.

Year To Date Record: 12-10 ATS

Upset Record: 2-4 +$60

Week 2 College Football Matchup: LSU Tigers @ Mississippi State Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, September 15th, 8:00 ET
Location: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
College Football Lines: LSU -3.5
Over/Under 50
Week 2 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN

This is one of these rough games in the SEC West, and these two teams are definitely going to be facing a tremendous uphill battle just to beat the other. For MSU, losing would drop it to 0-2 in the SEC West and would take it out of contention for the SEC crown in all likelihood. For the Bayou Bengals, this is a chance to stake a claim to the No. 1 slot in the nation if the Oklahoma Sooners end up getting beaten on Saturday.

Mississippi State’s defense really hasn’t played all that well this year. The team allowed 14 points against a Memphis Tigers team with virtually no offense whatsoever. Meanwhile, allowing 41 to the Auburn Tigers was unacceptable. The LSU offense isn’t exactly stellar either, but QB Jarrett Lee has had the unit at least putting up decent numbers, and decent numbers parlayed with a fantastic defense could turn into a national championship season.

QB Chris Relf has played well for the Dogs, as he has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 397 yards with three TDs against just one pick on the campaign. Relf also ran for 106 yards last week on Auburn. The backs have been fantastic as well. RB Vick Ballard has 365 total yards of offense and a TD on the campaign. The problem though, is that the Bayou Bengals have a significantly better defense than what MSU has faced this year, as they have allowed just 215.0 yards and 15.0 points per game.

LSU has covered 11 of the last 14 in this series, and the favorite is 7-3 ATS over the course of the last 10 clashes. This is a bad spot for the Tigers though, and we tend to think that they are going to end up getting upset by a hungry Mississippi State team with a fantastic coaching staff, led by Head Coach Dan Mullen.

Week 2 NCAA Football Pick: Mississippi State +3.5

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