LSU @ Mississippi St. (Thursday, 8:00, ESPN)
Spread: Mississippi St. (+3)
The dreaded Thursday night game—the favored team goes on the road into a hostile environment and loses. The short week and lack of preparation might point to taking Mississippi State, but to quote Lee Corso, not so fast my friends. Mississippi State just had a battle against Auburn at Auburn, while LSU cruised at home against Northwestern State. You can't tell me that Les Miles wasn't overlooking NW St. a little bit. Regardless, the LSU starters were out at the half and rested up while MSU was battling until the last snap to eventually lose to Auburn—an Auburn team that was the home dog. The LSU defense will prove too much against State's rushing attack, and the LSU offense will give just enough to pull out the win in Starkville. A lot of the public will go with Mississippi State since the trends of last year say to go with the home dog, but LSU will win handily.