Mississippi State’s Will Clark won the Golden Spikes Award in 1985 as college baseball’s best player. He was a six-time All-Star in Major League Baseball.
When researching LSU-Mississippi State history, you’re just as likely to run across its baseball teams — on both sides — from the early 1980s through the 1990s as its football series even though the Tigers and Bulldogs have played on the gridiron 105 times.
Mississippi State’s football team hasn’t beaten LSU since 1999 and hasn’t won in Baton Rouge since 1991. However, the Bulldogs hadn’t been 7-0 since 1999 either and they accomplished that feat this year.
But they’ll face an angry Tiger squad, in the middle of the Bayou night, after last week’s last-minute loss to Alabama. As ESPN reminded us so many times last week, Les Miles’ led teams have now only lost twice under the lights in Tiger Stadium — and both of those were to the #1 ranked team in the country (Florida ’09, Alabama ’12). State sits 20 spots below that lofty perch at #21, coming off blowout losses to Alabama and Texas A&M, and kickoff is 7 pm EST. Good luck, Bulldogs.
LSU has won 19 of its last 20 games against State.
Will Saturday night look like this?
Alabama and LSU meet for the third time in 11 months on Saturday night. That’s something Florida and Florida State did two times over in the mid 1990s, and New Orleans hosted each postseason match-up: 1995 Sugar Bowl (Florida-Florida State); 1997 Sugar Bowl/National Championship (Florida-Florida State); and 2012 BCS National Championship (Alabama-LSU).
Florida won both “rubber matches” in the mid 1990s — both in Gainesville in ’95 and ’97. Each of those games between the Gators and Seminoles were top 10 match-ups just as today’s Alabama and LSU match-ups. In ’97, #10 Florida upset #1 Florida State to derail the Seminoles’ national championship hopes. That game is still considered by some Gator fans as the “Greatest Game Ever Played in the Swamp.”
Or will Saturday night look more like this?
LSU is 2-9-1 all-time against the AP #1, including last year’s win in Tuscaloosa. However, the Tigers are 0-2 against the Tide in Baton Rouge when Alabama is the AP #1, losing 3-0 in 1979 and 27-21 in overtime in 2008.
And if this series couldn’t get any closer, Alabama leads the past 30 meetings 15-14-1.
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian isn’t so sure… (Credit: Stephen Dunn, Getty Images)
- LSU leads the all-time series with Washington 2-0.
- 1983: LSU 40, Washington 14 (Baton Rouge)
- 2009: LSU 31, Washington 23 (Seattle)
- Washington is 2-9 all-time against current members of the SEC.
- LSU is 21-4 all-time against current members of the Pac-12, with the last loss coming in 1979 to USC.
- Under Les Miles, LSU is 28-0 against out-of-conference opponents in the regular season.
- LSU hasn’t lost in Death Valley in almost three years.
- LSU has won its last 22 games in September.
- LSU is favored by 24 points Saturday.
But LSU head coach Les Miles loves ’em! (Credit: Dave Martin, AP)
LSU hosts Washington at 7 pm EDT Saturday night on the Bayou.