BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU goes into Saturday's game against Mississippi State with an offense and defense ranked among the best in the Southeastern Conference through the first month of the season.
The Tigers have gotten off to their 3-0 start with a balanced offense and a defense that has been stingy against the run, while allowing very few big plays in the passing game.
Through three games, the fifth-ranked Tigers were second in the SEC and 27th in the nation in scoring offense with 36.0 points per contest.
The LSU defense is fifth in the league and 14th in the country in points allowed at 12.3 per game.
LSU is averaging 427.3 yards per game, which ranks No. 2 in the league -- rushing for 220 yards, and passing for 207.3 yards.
LSU's defense is fifth in the SEC and 18th in the nation in yards allowed per game with 252.7 per game. The Tigers, who have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season, are No. 9 in the nation in rushing defense at 55.3 yards per game.