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Who will be Mississippi State’s offensive and defensive X-Factors in Baton Rouge?

While the Bulldogs are a complete team, there are two x-factors that may just turn the tide against LSU.

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In what has been regarded as one of this Saturday’s more anticipating matchups, Mississippi State travels to Baton Rouge with a purpose and an upset on their mind. Having said that, two players stand out on both sides of the ball, each of which have game changing ability. If on their game, the Bulldogs’ chances are higher than advertised. Here are the two x-factors that can take over.

The first is defensive end Montez Sweat, an underrated edge rusher with a quick first step and nose for the ball. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has made his case as a formidable dual threat quarterback and Sweat is the perfect counterpunch. Able to fight off any lineman, Sweat’s combination of speed and athleticism should be able to bring Burrow out of his comfort zone.

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Sweat has accumulated 21 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a forced fumble on the season and is only becoming more dangerous. Look for him to make his presence felt in tomorrow’s game and grab Tiger Stadium, ultimately silencing the Tigers’ madhouse. There is something about Sweat’s attitude toward the game and it has proven to be infectious amongst his teammates. Look for that swagger to make an appearance or two.

On offense, the answer is simple, the quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. He has quietly become a household name in college football. As he is one of the game’s premier dual threats, Fitzgerald is sure to give LSU’s defense headaches. He is one of the most difficult to contain in the open field, as Fitzgerald’s combination of elusiveness and agility shall be on display throughout the game.

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With 709 passing yards and 513 on the ground, he is a true dual threat and/or weapon. LSU boasts a great defense and Fitzgerald will need to deliver a performance for the ages, if the Bulldogs wish to come out victorious. A proven leader with experience, he will heavily relied on by coaches and teammates.

Both Sweat and Fitzgerald will their their names called for all four quarters. But just how much can they do? While football is a team sport, these two can take things into their own hands if and when they choose.

Hail State!