Texas Bowl to Feature LSU Ground Attack vs Texas Tech Air Assault

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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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Texas A&M at LSU: Les Miles Finale in Baton Rouge?

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An 8-3 Texas A&M Aggies squad will travel into Louisiana to take on a 7-3 LSU team in Baton Rouge this Saturday evening. It is a matchup of two teams who have both fallen victim to the insanely-tough nature of the SEC. They are in the middle of the pack in the SEC West, looking up at squads such as Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Alabama.

A win would obviously go a very long way for each of the squads as they conclude their season and position themselves to be attractive to big-time bowl games.

It will be Senior Night for a fleet of talented and loyal Tigers who have put in at least a four-year career on the gridiron. Pregame ceremonies will unfold, but there will also be a lot of buzz surrounding the potential future of head coach Les Miles. It’s no secret that there are rumblings of his possible departure from Baton Rouge following the season, and a loss to the Aggies could go a long way toward ensuring this.

There is ample reason to believe that the always interesting and spry Miles will come out firing in this game, looking to put up 40 points on the board and outscore an Aggies offense that has been wildly inconsistent in big games this year. The only problem is LSU has the 100th-ranked passing attack in college football, and they scare approximately no one. Their bread is buttered on the ground, where top-flight sophomore running back Leonard Fournette does his work. But there are a couple things that play perfectly into LSU’s hands here. Fournette is averaging an SEC-best 158.2 yards on the ground per game, and A&M defense is giving up over 200 yards on the ground per game.

The bright spot for A&M is that their offense has perked up in recent weeks after a disappointing home loss to Auburn in which they only produced 10 points. Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued the quarterback position, but the Aggies will still likely be invited to a late-December or even early-January bowl game if they prevail with a victory in Baton Rouge.

So how will this one unfold? Expect a high-scoring game from two squads who have yet to play a full 60 minutes of football this year. The will likely go into the half very close or even tied before the Tigers pull away late and shower Miles with a Gatorade bath, complicating the near future even further. Prediction: A&M 38 LSU 42

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LSU vs Alabama Showdown has Major Playoff Implications

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The #4-ranked LSU Tigers and the #7-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will square off in Tuscaloosa this Saturday in a matchup that is absolutely pivotal for both squads.

Alabama lost to Ole Miss in their third game out of the chute, but they have since rebounded with five resounding victories, highlighted by a handful of conference wins against worthy opponents. A 38-10 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens on the first Saturday of October sent notice through the SEC and the entire nation. Subsequent wins against Arkansas, Texas A&M and Tennessee have put Alabama in the driver’s seat to finish the season at 11-1 if they are able to take care of business against their rivals from Baton Rouge.

Bama will need to dispatch of a feisty LSU Tigers team that is hungry and talented, and can put themselves in an excellent position to stake claim to the 2015 College Football Playoff with a victory.

If LSU is going to be able to work their magic, they will have to stifle the Crimson Tide rushing attack by way of their 6th-overall ranked defense. LSU is currently allowing opponents far less than 100 yards on the ground per game while averaging far more than 300 yards on the ground. The discrepancy is likely historic, but all the Tigers care about is emerging with a victory this Saturday.

Running back Leonard Fournette is already being considered a sure-fire professional success. Scouts have likened him to Eddie George and Eric Dickerson, two members of running back royalty. There are even rumors swirling that he will sit out his Junior year, much like Jadeveon Clowney did while at South Carolina in 2013. But there’s no reason for anyone to get to ahead of themselves. The soundest advice involves enjoying the talents of the 6′ 1″, 230-pounder out of New Orleans as he makes his way up and down and in and around defenses throughout the South.

Experts and talking heads are overwhelmingly predicting LSU to win despite the six point spread Las Vegas has handicapped Alabama with. Home-field advantage in Tuscaloosa is worth an awful lot, but the time may have once again come where the personnel and game planning that Les Miles brings into the hostile territory is enough to lead to him and his bunch to a huge W. Prediction: LSU 20 Alabama 23

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Florida vs LSU: Tigers Heavy Favorites After Gators QB Roid Suspension

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The scope of this Saturday evening’s Florida Gators vs LSU Tigers game changed dramatically when Florida quarterback Will Grier was immediately removed from the team after a positive performance-enhancing drug test. Whether or not the chemical enhancements played a part in the Gators getting out to a 6-0 start is debatable, but all signs point to them taking their first loss of the season after this surprising and detrimental development.

The experts were skeptical and cautious to anoint the LSU Tigers as anything more than a Top-25 team entering the season, but five consecutive victories over squads including Mississippi State, Auburn and South Carolina have shown the nation that the group is a legitimate national championship contender.

Running back Leonard Fournette is the talk of the college football world, and the sophomore who was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated will have to play a another year in Baton Rouge before taking his talents of professional level and getting paid to tote the rock.

With a backup quarterback at the helm, Florida’s hopes of beating their rivals on hostile turf have diminished substantially. The but Gator Nation will definitely show up, and everyone who spends the money and takes the time to make the journey from Gainesville to Tiger Country will be expecting to emerge with a victory.

Let’s crunch the numbers. In a Southeastern Conference that has swayed a bit from its roots of stout defense in recent years, LSU has once again established themselves as the most formidable stop unit in the nation.

Giving up less than 100 yards on the ground per game and averaging nearly 350, the Tigers have established a discrepancy that is actually unheard of in the history of the esteemed University and its wildly successful football team.

Florida has the 93rd-ranked rushing attack in the nation going into this game. Moving the ball on the ground was already going to be a difficult mission for the Gators, but without the benefits of their starting quarterback and typical game plan, it will likely be closer to mission impossible. Florida will have to throw the ball more than they’re comfy with, playing right into the hands of a hungry Tiger secondary.

The forecast calls for temperatures in the low 80s and clear skies. A convincing victory by LSU will inch them up the standings and put them on a crash course with the Alabama Crimson Tide for a winner-take-all matchup in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, November 7. This one could be over by halftime.

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