The LSU Tigers have had an interesting last month. Not only did the Tigers knock off Texas A&M to make a bowl game, but the Tigers also hired Brian Kelly from Notre Dame and watched many key players, such as its starting quarterback, transfer out of the program.
LSU Tigers vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Tuesday, January 04, 2022 – 09:00 PM EST at NRG Stadium
The Tigers will now take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl with potentially no scholarship quarterbacks. I say potentially because one highly regarded quarterback, Garrett Nussmeier, used up his four games of eligibility earlier this season and is looking for a waiver to play in the Texas Bowl.
If LSU gets Nussmeier to play in this game without using his eligibility, the Tigers will be in great shape. If not, LSU will have other contingency plans for this game. Either way, interim head coach Brad Davis says that LSU is working with whatever they got.
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On the other hand, there are reports about Kansas State and their quarterback in Skylar Thompson. Less than a week ago, it was reported that Thompson was trending in the right direction to play in the Texas Bowl. Throughout his career, Thompson has been plagued with injuries, but he’s got so much talent and was the face of Kansas State football for a while.
When it comes to LSU, the last five games of the season were pretty interesting. The Tigers lost to Ole Miss by two scores, Alabama by one score and Arkansas by one score, in overtime. Then the Tigers went and beat Louisiana Monroe and knocked off Texas A&M at home to reach a bowl game.
Nobody would be shocked if LSU stick around in this game with a much larger fanbase in Texas compared to Kansas State.
On the other hand, Kansas State has been sticking around as well. Despite two losses to finish the regular season, the Wildcats won three of their last five and lost two games by a combined two scores.
The biggest thing here is how much the LSU defense stepped up in the last four weeks of the season. LSU allowed just 20 to Alabama, 16 to Arkansas, 14 to Louisiana Monroe, and 24 to Texas A&M. All of those games, opponents scored fewer than the average of 25.3 points per game.
The defense is headed in the right direction. On the other hand, who knows what this offense for LSU will bring. With the quarterback position still in question, it just seems like it’ll be hard for LSU to score points.
This game will be tight throughout. I think taking the points with LSU is the safest bet moving forward. Playing in Texas is ultimately more of a home game for LSU and the fanbase travels well.
The Tigers have more talent on the field and the guys on the field will look to prove to Brian Kelly their worth before the season concludes. For your college football pick, take LSU at +3.5 in this one.
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