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Bulldogs the next team to invade Tiger Stadium

November 9, 2012

In this photo provided by LSU, fireworks are seen from pre-game festivities in Tiger Stadium, before the start of last Saturday's game against Alabama. (Photo by Hilary Scheinuk, LSU)

It is rare for a team to go to Death Valley and come out with a victory.

This week No. 22 (Associated Press) Mississippi Sate (6-2, 3-2) makes the trip to Baton Rouge to take on the No. 9 (Associated Press) LSU Tigers (7-2, 3-2) in Tiger Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.

The Tigers are 36-2 in Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium under head coach Les Miles.

“Obviously, this weekend is a great challenge," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. "You’re going down to play a night game at LSU, always one of the toughest places to play in the country when you’re playing then normally. And I know they get a little tougher at night down there. So it will be a great challenge for our team.”

LSU is coming off a 21-17 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week at home. The Tigers haven't lost back-to-back games in Tiger Stadium since 2001.

"There’s so many tough environments in the league," Mullen said. "It becomes a mindset on their players more difficult than a lot of stadiums. It’s as loud as anywhere that you’re going to go play, but it’s the mindset and the confidence that their fans exude on the players that make it tough to go play there."

The Bulldogs haven't won in Tiger Stadium since a 28-19 victory in 1991. The Bulldogs haven't beaten the Tigers since a 17-16 victory in Starkville in 1999.

The last time MSU was in Baton Rouge they suffered a 29-7 loss in 2010.

"It's definitely going to be hostile territory," Bulldog senior linebacker Cameron Lawrence said. "It's loud and it can be a little intimidating. I kind of like that environment. We're all we got. We have to be back-to-back, (and) handling it."

For State junior starting quarterback Tyler Russell, he played there in the 2010 loss. He feels confident going in and believes he will handle the pressure of Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night.

"I played there my redshirt freshman year," Russell said. "I have been in that atmosphere before. It shouldn't be any different. I shouldn't be nervous or anything like that."

Although Tiger Stadium is a tough place to play, many fans, players and media believe that it is one of the best atmospheres in college football.

"It's very loud," Bulldog junior running back LaDarius Perkins said. "They have different types of chants. They have a great atmosphere and their fans are very energetic. They are very involved."

LSU also has a live tiger on the field named Mike the Tiger. Perkins was shocked the first time he saw it on the field.

"I remember seeing the tiger they have," Perkins said. "It was big. You don't expect to see a tiger when you walk out of the locker room."

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