Third ranked LSU travels to Starkville to take on twenty-fifth ranked Mississippi State tonight. The Tigers have won 11 straight and 18 of the last 19 against the Bulldogs. Tonight, they face one of the more talented MSU teams of the last 19 years. What will be the keys to victory for LSU?

Three keys in particular are first down defense, protecting Jarrett Lee in the pocket, and withstanding the Bulldogs early game aggression.

Jim Kleinpeter of the Times Picayune and nola.com breaks down these 3 keys in detail. You can check out his analysis by clicking here.