Preview: Louisiana State at Texas Tech

When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas


1. LSU coach Les Miles spent the last few weeks of the regular season unsure about his job security but comes into bowl season armed with the knowledge that he’ll be back to guide Leonard Fournette and company again next year. Miles will try to reward the school’s faith in him when he leads the Tigers against Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Dec. 29. The Red Raiders enter the postseason with some momentum after knocking off Kansas State and Texas in their final two games.

2. Texas Tech boasts the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation at an average of 46.6 points and the No. 2 passing attack (389.7 yards). LSU proved to be more vulnerable in the defensive secondary than usual and slipped to 47th against the pass, surrendering an average of 211 yards through the air. The Tigers were in the mix for a spot in the National Championship Playoff before surrendering 30 or more points in three straight losses, but finished the regular season with a 19-7 triumph over Texas A&M.

3. The Red Raiders will put their passing offense up against any opponent behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who enters bowl season third in the nation with 4,283 passing yards. The sophomore threw for 32 touchdowns and rushed for 10 more in a breakout campaign. The Texas Tech passing game is in direct contrast to LSU’s attack, in which quarterback Brandon Harris heads an offense that averages 173.1 yards – 110th in the nation.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: LSU -7

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (7-5, 4-5 Big 12): The Red Raiders became bowl eligible with a 59-44 victory over Kansas State on Nov. 14 and are excited to have an extra month of bowl practice to continue the steps forward gained down the stretch. “I think the last two games, (we) played our best football and felt like that is what we wanted to do and have a month to continue to try to get better and play one of the best teams we will have played all year,” coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters. “I like where we are at, but know that it is a big challenge ahead of us." Kingsbury’s squad could use the extra time to work on the defense, which gave up 44.5 points in its final two games.

ABOUT LSU (8-3, 5-3 SEC):
The Tigers’ offense took a dip when Fournette’s historic pace tailed off in a 30-16 loss at Alabama on Nov. 7. The superstar sophomore posted his three lowest rushing totals in the team’s three losses before bouncing back with 159 yards in the season-closing victory over Texas A&M, pushing him past Charles Alexander (1977) for the school’s single-season rushing record with 1,741. “My brother was showing me a highlight tape someone made of me. Just looking at it, I was like, ‘Man, I did all that?’” Fournette told reporters. “It was like a dream, everything was coming so fast. I had a wonderful season. I enjoyed every bit of it.”

PREDICTION: LSU 35, Texas Tech 31

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Louisiana State 8-3 W1 30.7 24.0 5-1 3-2 7-2 0-0 5-3
Texas Tech 7-5 W2 46.6 42.6 4-3 3-2 0-1 0-0 4-5

Last Meeting

Louisiana State Texas Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
TDs Player TD
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
LSU B. Harris 53.1 1904 12 5
TTU P. Mahomes II 65.0 4283 32 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
LSU L. Fournette 271 1741 6.4 18
TTU D. Washington 223 1455 6.5 14
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
LSU M. Dupre 39 602 15.4 6
TTU J. Grant 80 1143 14.3 7
TDs Player TD
LSU L. Fournette 18
TTU D. Washington 16

Quickchart Matchup

Louisiana State Off vs  Texas Tech Def
419 yards
540.2 yards
5.8 yards/rush
5.9 yards/rush
7.5 yards/attempt
7.7 yards/attempt
Texas Tech Off vs  Louisiana State Def
594.5 yards
342.5 yards
5.6 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
8.3 yards/attempt
6.4 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Louisiana State Overall Texas Tech
8-3-0 W/L 7-5-0
5-6-0 ATS 7-4-1
6-5-0 O/U 9-3-0
30.7 Pts For 46.6
24.0 Pts Against 42.6
Louisiana State A/H Texas Tech
3-2 W/L 4-3
1-4-0 ATS 4-2-1
2-3-0 O/U 7-0-0
26.6 Pts For 56.1
27.0 Pts Against 46.9
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