Tonight at 9:00 PM in a game carried on ESPN, No. 22 LSU takes on unranked Texas Tech in the Advocare Texas Bowl. The last time these two schools met on the gridiron was 58 years ago. LSU won that game 19-14.
My friend Diogenes is a rabid Tigers fan and even though I am a Bama fan, I’ll be rooting hard for LSU tonight. I feel strongly that the Bayou Bengals are going to maul the Red Raiders and here’s why:
It’s only a little more than a 4-hour drive down I-10 from Baton Rouge to Houston, so expect NRG Stadium to be filled to the rafters with fans dressed in purple and gold. Tigers fans want their 2015 season to end on a high note after losses to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
The sports “experts” claim the Red Raiders have an advantage over LSU with quarterback Patrick Mahomes who is touted as “one of the best in the nation.” Brandon Harris stumbled badly for LSU towards the end of the season but Head Coach Les Miles has had a month to build Harris’ confidence back up.
Look out for Leonard Fournette to run wild against a Texas Tech defensive liNe that has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. Heisman committee, you’ll regret not inviting Fournette to your little trophy party in New York. No. 7 is going to take his anger out tonight.
If LSU’s offensive line can avoid being penalized and protect their passer, they can wreak havoc on the Red Raiders. Malachi Dupre was one of Harris’ favorite receivers and though the advantage goes to Texas Tech for wide receivers and tight ends LSU can be explosive.
Finally, LSU players love ‘em some Les Miles. This will be the first game for Miles and the Tigers since the dramatic regular-season finale against Texas A & M in which Miles’ job status was in jeopardy before athletic director Joe Alleva announced afterward that Miles would continue at LSU as head coach.
I don’t dare predict the final score of tonight’s game, but rest assured this game will be a slobberknocker and that is, after all, why we love the game of college football.