Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury had plenty of great things to say about LSU leading up to Tuesday’s Texas Bowl.
Kingsbury gushed about sophomore tailback Leonard Fournette and said he was the best running back he’d seen in 10 years. Fournette was one of the best halfbacks in the country and led the nation with an average of 158.3 yards per game. Kingsbury said Fournette is ready to play in the NFL after just two collegiate seasons.
“He’s Sunday ready already,” Kingsbury said according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
Kingsbury paid more compliments to the Tigers during Monday’s press conference. He praised LSU’s defense and said it would present a major challenge for Tech’s high-powered offense.
“It will be the best defense we’ve seen,” Kingsbury said according to Dellenger.
The statistics back what Kingsbury said. LSU is ranked 25th in total defense (342.5 yards per game) nationally, which is better than any of Texas Tech’s regular season opponents. The Tigers are also ranked 44th in scoring defense (24 points per game) this season, which is better than all but two of Texas Tech’s Big 12 foes.
Texas Tech’s offense should be up for the task, however. The Red Raiders rank second in the nation in scoring offense (46.6 points per game) and at 389.7 yards through the air per game, have the best passing offense in the country.