Take a look at the spacing of Mike Leach’s offensive linemen, and you’ll know part of why the Mississippi State coach’s offenses are so successful.

Normally, there may be a foot or two of space between each lineman.

In Leach’s pass-happy “Air Raid” offense, that space extends to two or three feet.

Why is that important?

Ask one of his former linemen, Louis Vasquez, an All-Big 12 selection at left guard when he played for Leach at Texas Tech from 2005-08.

If linemen space widely, so do defenders. The more space, the farther away defenders are from disrupting the quarterback.

“In order for us to beat Mississippi State,” Orgeron said Monday, “we’re going to have to put some pressure on the quarterback and find ways to do that.”

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