Geaux247’s summer college football preview moves on to a look at LSU’s opponent in Week 8—the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

This is part of a series where Geaux247 takes a week to look at each conference opponent on the schedule.

We started with Miami then moved on to Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida and Georgia.

Now, it’s time for the Oct. 20 matchup against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium.

The staff at Geaux247 has LSU at 5-2 heading into the MSU matchup with victories over Miami, Southeastern, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss and Florida. The losses were at Auburn in week 3 and Georgia in Baton Rouge the week before Mississippi State hits Tiger Stadium.

We kicked this series off with an overview of the Bulldogs then moved on to a Q&A with longtime MSU beat writer Paul Jones of 247Sports and a trip down memory lane from last year’s contest. We will look at numbers, highlights, facts and players to know, before closing the series out with some way-too-early predictions.

Today, Geaux247 looks at some Bulldogs to know.

QB – Nick Fitzgerald

After missing some of the spring activities while he recovered from the broken ankle sustained late last season, Fitzgerald will be 100 percent for the start of his senior campaign, barring another injury. The 6-5, 230-pounder owns 11 school records, three SEC records and is one of four SEC signal callers to throw for over 4,000 yards and rush for over 2,400 in his career. LSU shut Fitzgerald down in a 23-20 victory in 2016 with 120 yards passing and just 13 yards on 13 rushes. He got revenge in last year’s 37-7 Bulldog victory with four touchdowns – two rushing and two passing – with 268 total yards. LSU does not play Missouri this season, avoiding Tiger quarterback Drew Lock, so Fitzgerald may very well be the most dangerous quarterback LSU faces in 2018.

RB – Aeris Williams

Williams ran roughshod over Dave Aranda’s unit last season with 146 yards on 23 carries. His longest tote went for just 28 yards, so it was a constant pounding he dished out on a Tiger defense that looked as if it uncharacteristically threw in the towel. The 6-1, 217-pound bruiser ranked sixth in the SEC in rushing with 1,107 yards on 236 carries with six touchdowns. The fifth-year senior enters his final year in Starkville with 2,033 yards and averages 4.9 yards a carry.

WR – Devonta Jason/Stephen Guidry

Jesse Jackson led MSU in receiving last year with 27 grabs for 276 yards but failed to make it to the endzone. The Bulldogs need a receiver to step up and a pair of Louisiana products, Jason and Guidry, who were both LSU commits at one point, could both be starters by the time Mississippi State strolls into Tiger Stadium. Both present a physical presence on the outside and had strong springs with Guidry adding nearly 20 pounds.

DL – Jeffery Simmons/Montez Sweat

At 6-4, 310 pounds, Simmons enters his junior year as a preseason All-American. He ranked 11th in the league with 12 tackles for loss and recorded five sacks with 41 quarterback pressures. Simmons joined Sweat on the Coaches and AP All-SEC First Team making them one of the conference’s top tandems in the trenches on that side of the ball. The 6-6, 241-pound Sweat became the first Bulldog to lead the SEC in sacks since 2005 with 10.5 and added 48 stops. Sweat logged only one tackle against LSU in 2017, but Simmons was a menace with seven stops and 1.5 sacks.

LB – Leo Lewis

LSU fans are aware of Lewis from his recruitment when the former four-star backer chose State over the Tigers. After totaling 79 tackles as a true freshman, the 6-2, 235-pounder recorded just 46 in 2017.

S – Mark McLaurin

McLaurin tied LSU’s Greedy Williams for the league lead with six interceptions and led the Bulldogs with 79 tackles. At 6-2, 210 pounds, McLaurin is dangerous in the box or roaming the secondary. He recorded a team-high nine stops against LSU last year.