LSU opens as sizable favorite over Texas Tech
Vegas expects LSU to win the Texas Bowl. The Tigers were listed as 7 1/2-point favorites to beat the Red Raiders, according to Vegas Insider.
Many fans and program insiders are clamoring for LSU to diversify its traditional offense, but LSU will have a great advantage with its bread and butter.
Tailback Leonard Fournette could feast on a Red Raiders defense that has allowed an average of 271.8 ground yards per game this season. Only two teams in the country are ranked worse than Texas Tech in rush defense.
The Red Raiders counter a poor defense with the second best scoring offense in the country. Texas Tech’s potent offense utilizes coach Kliff Kingsbury’s air raid approach and has averaged 46.6 points this year. Sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 4,283 yards, 32 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this year.
The Houston Bowl will present a stark contrast in styles. The Tigers will attempt to own the time of possession and pound the rock, while Texas Tech will look to spread the Tigers out with an aerial attack.