BATON ROUGE – Christian LaCouture and Quentin Thomas lay on the field writhing in pain.

LSU trainers rushed to the sides of the Tigers’ defensive tackles as a sparse crowd remaining in Tigers Stadium rumbled with concern.

They ought to be.

Mississippi State’s 34-29 win over LSU on Saturday night exposed what appears to be a crippling weakness for coach Les Miles’ bunch: a soft spot up the middle.

So having your two starters at tackle collapse on one play was a mouth-gaping moment for many. Thomas, playing with a torn biceps in his right arm, injured his left arm, and his status


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