The Texas Bowl will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston on the evening of Tuesday, December 29, pitting the LSU Tigers against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a showdown that could feature upwards of 75 points.
One thing is certain. The game will feature a stark contrast involving two successful head coaches. The Tigers are led by the feisty and outspoken Les Miles, a veteran of the college football world who appeared to be near the end of his tenure in Baton Rouge just a few weeks ago before important victories led the powers that be to announce he will be coaching the squad next year.
Texas Tech is led by Cliff Kingsbury, who many college football fans remember as a gunslinger in his own right who did big things on the gridiron between 1998 and 2002 as quarterback of the esteemed football program. He had cups of coffee with the Patriots, Saints, Giants and a few foreign squads before settling into his current career as head college football coach.
The breakdown on the field with the Xs and Os appears to be simple. LSU will look to run the ball against a very weak Red Raiders run defense that made it difficult for the offense to relax during any point of any game during this season.
Sophomore Leonard Fournette will get his hands on the ball somewhere between 30 and 35 times if the LSU game plan is working. On the flip side of the football, Texas Tech will look to air it out, utilizing the highest ranked passing attack in all of college football. At nearly 400 yards per game, TTU has absolutely chopped up defenses while putting up huge numbers throughout the course of a season that was almost historically streaky.
The Red Raiders won their first three games of the year before falling to TCU and Baylor in successive weekends. They then won two in a row, lost three in a row and will come into this game with a two game winning streak after finishing the season with victories against Kansas State and at Texas.
LSU. Wowed their fans and silenced national critics with seven consecutive victories to start the season, but they fell soundly at the hands of the Crimson Tide in Alabama on the first weekend in November and proceeded to lose their next two. They limp into the contest with a 9-3 record and hopes of a 10-win season.
This one is up in the air, but the safe money is on LSU winning a close one. Prediction: Texas Tech 31, Louisiana State 37
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