Countdown to kickoff: Hello, Mississippi State 

August, 21, 2012
GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throughout August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, David Helman talked with the Clarion-Ledger's Brandon Marcello in a preview of this season's matchup with Mississippi State.

Q: If you look at the Bulldogs' schedule, Mississippi State could be set up for a hot start before games against Alabama and LSU. Does the softness of the schedule give fans hope for a statement season?

When you look at that schedule, State can start maybe 6-1 or 7-0 -- if not that then at least 5-2. The only team in the first seven games that went to a bowl game last season is Auburn. I know it's early, but that game is kind of the pivot point. If they can knock off Auburn, it becomes even more important going down the stretch, because they play Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M and Arkansas toward the end of the season, which is just a murderer's row. They're hoping to get some momentum going so they can contend with LSU and Alabama.

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