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2018 Schedule
7-1, 2nd in SEC - West
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College Football Playoff picks after Week 8

With Ohio State's loss to Purdue, a spot has opened for a new contender. Our experts believe LSU has earned it with its win over Mississippi State.

No. 5 LSU shuts down No. 22 Mississippi State (3:49)
Orgeron satisfied by team's resilience (0:46)

Defense leads No. 5 LSU past No. 22 MSU, 19-3

Michael Divinity Jr.'s interception set up Nick Brossette's short touchdown run, Cole Tracy kicked four field goals, and No. 5 LSU beat No. 22 Mississippi State 19-3 on Saturday night.

LSU's D carries them past Mississippi State (2:13)

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 5 LSU comes out with the win it needed (19-3 over Mississippi State) to keep its College Football Playoff hopes intact but suffered a loss in the process, as a fourth quarter targeting call on All-American LB Devin White means the Tigers will be without their defensive leader for the first half of their next game: Alabama.

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Targeting call costs LSU's White 1st half vs. Bama

LSU All-American linebacker Devin White will miss the first half of the Tigers' game against Alabama on Nov. 3 after he was called for targeting in the second half Saturday against Mississippi State.

Orgeron says LSU is going to enjoy this win (0:41)
Delpit's second INT seals game for LSU (0:21)

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

Gut punch for LSU: All-American linebacker Devin White ejected for targeting in the fourth quarter vs. Mississippi State. The Tigers have this game in hand but their next game? Alabama. They'll be without their defensive leader in the first half vs. the Crimson Tide. Huge blow for the Tigers.

Fitzgerald picked off for the third time (0:27)
Fitzgerald sacked on fourth down (0:27)

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU ended the first half and started the second half better offensively. After seeing their first seven drives go for four plays or fewer, the Tigers' last two drives have gone for 10-plus plays, resulting in a pair of field goals and a 10-point early second half lead over Mississippi State.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

LSU leads Mississippi State 10-3 at halftime despite having its second-lowest offensive output in a half all season (the Tigers had 79 yards; 78 yards in the second half vs. Southeastern Louisiana is their season-low). The Tigers intercepted Nick Fitzgerald twice, rendering the Bulldogs' passing game nonexistent.

Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer 

It's not a good night for the forward pass in Baton Rouge. LSU QB Joe Burrow and Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald combined for three first quarter interceptions and have completed a combined 6-of-their-first 15 passes for 34 yards.

LSU's Divinity JR. picks off Fitzgerald (0:46)
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Most important takeaway for each top 25 team

Alabama dominated again, while the Wolverines look like CFP contenders after taking down Michigan State. Ohio State? Not so much. What else have we learned in Week 8?

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SEC fines LSU $100K for fans on field after win

The Southeastern Conference has fined LSU $100,000 for fans rushing the field after the fifth-ranked Tigers topped then-No. 2 Georgia 36-16 over the weekend.


Time to reassess the SEC, ACC and Big Ten

Ivan Maisel, Brad Edwards and Chris Low share their thoughts on the weekend of chaos including LSU's win over Georgia and Michigan's dominance over Wisconsin. Plus, how did Week 7 shake up the Big Ten, ACC and SEC. Also, the crew answers #WalkOns and more.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Pac-12 has just a 1 in 20 shot at putting a team in the playoff. Meanwhile, the SEC is still the most likely conference to get two teams in, but that number has dropped quite a bit over last few weeks.

Team Stats

Passing Yards193.0103rd
Rushing Yards190.647th
Points For30.458th
Points Against15.17th