This week's game against Texas A&M has been much talked about because it is the first game between Miss. State and Texas A&M since the 2000 Independence Bowl, also known as "The Snow Bowl". The game is memorable, not because it was two great teams (I starkly remember Miss. State's promising season finishing with a dud against Arkansas and Ole Miss that year), but because of the freak snow storm that blew threw Shreveport that New Year's Eve night.
The stakes of this week's game, though, have now changed. CBS announced this week that they are exercising their 6 day hold to determine which game they are going to televise on Nov. 10. They are choosing between Miss. St.-LSU and Bama-TAMU. I think the only logical conclusion that can be made is CBS wants to see which team is more relevant, us or TAMU. If we win, we are still in the race for 2nd place in the SEC West. Same could be said of TAMU if they win. If we lose, a once promising season is going to start looking pretty grim, and if TAMU loses, their once promising season is going to likely end with at least four SEC losses.
So why is it important that we win? I don't think our chances of beating LSU increase greatly if the game is played during the day. Play that game at night, and well, we all know what Death Valley is like at night. Which ever game is passed up by CBS, ESPN is going to take the other and broadcast it somewhere between 6:00 and 6:45.
Do I think we can beat LSU? Yes, but I think we could use every advantage we can get. Tyler Russell showed a lot of poise in the pocket against Bama, and while his numbers weren't jumping out at anyone, to stand there and take the hits the way he did was impressive. I think he will have more opportunities against LSU to make plays. I'd much rather though see him do it in the light of day, than under the bright lights.