Another 2015-16 NCAA Football Bowl Game midway through the Bowl Season brings us on the 29th of December 2015 the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl with the 8-3 No. 22 LSU Tigers (4th SEC-West) playing the 7-5 Texas Tech Red Raiders (6th Big 12) with the game being played at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with the kick-off scheduled for 9:05 PM ET and seen on ESPN TV.
For those the Bet on College football the early gambling odds have the LSU Tigers favored at -7 with the Over/under at 73 ½ and -280 on the Money Line, while the Texas Tech Red Raiders are at +7 and +240 on the ML.
With all the controversy at LSU lately, their coach Miles needs a Bowl win since in his 6 postseason game he has 2 wins and 4 losses, and his opponent Texas Tech will not be an easy take since they are highly ranked at 2nd in the nation for points scored, total yards and passing yards in 2015.
For the fans of the 7-5 Texas Tech Red Raiders head into this Bowl game with a lot of momentum on their side after squeaking past rival Texas 48-45 in their season ending game this past week. That was a great win, since it is their 1st road win in some 18 years playing Texas.
Their star for that game was RB D. Washington who rushed for some 175 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has also had a good season as he rushed for 1,460 yards, and in his ultimate 2 games he rushed for 4 touchdowns and 422 yards. Their QB P. Mahomes' in that game had 1 TD passing and passed for some 375 yards, while on the season he has passed for 4.285 yards on 516 passing attempts. In this game he will need to be error less as he leads the Big 12 having 14 interceptions this season.
This is another case of a team, Texas Tech exceeding their offensive expectations, while supporting a weak defensive unit. They presently are the 4th worst for scoring defense in the FBS, giving up some 42.7 points in each game this season. Yes, the team struggled especially when they played ranked teams as they allowed those opponents some incredible 63 points each game a 678 total yards in those ranked team games.
Luckily for Texas Tech the LSU Tigers as of late has been struggling on their offensive front, as coming into this game, they had failed to score in 4 straight games no more or less that 20 points, and that a 1st for their Coach Miles during his career at LSU. The Red Raiders have won their last 4 games.
For the avid fans of the 8-3 LSU Tigers, your team started the season at 7-0 and then came the big letdown as the lost the next 3 straight games and that doomed their chances for the playoffs and the SEC Title this season.
Now the Tigers want to end their season with a Bowl win this Tuesday, and to do that they need their star RB L. Fournette to beef up his performance. In the Tigers 7-0 start of the season RB Fournette had scored 15 touchdowns and average rushing 194 yards in each game and 7.8 yards on each carry. But in their 3 losses his performance also struggled as in those 3 games he only rushed for a total of 229 yard, and in the game with Alabama he had 31 carries for a total of 19 yards.
The Tiger fans are hoping their RB Fournette has regained his early season winning form since in their final season game with Texas A&M he rushed for 160 yards, and now only needs 259 yards in this Bowl game if he is to become in the last 2 decades the 1st player to reach 2,000 yards rushing in 1 season. LSU in their last 4 Bowl games have lost 3 of those games.
The online sportsbook prediction for this Bowl game is that the Tiger of LSU prove to be a bit too much for the Texas Tech Red Raiders and win the game covering the spread at 45-34.