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NCAA Bowl Previews 2015/16: AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

The final bowl game of the day pits the (20) LSU Tigers against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in what should be a great match-up.LSU starte


The final bowl game of the day pits the (20) LSU Tigers against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in what should be a great match-up. LSU started the season 7-0 and were ploughing through their schedule on the back of Leonard Fournette. But, a three game losing street, all by at least 2 scores, derailed their season. They finished the season with a scrappy win against the Texas A&M Aggies so they will be looking to build from that to win their 4th straight Bowl game. The LSU offense is lucky it has the o-line it does and the RB it does. They rank 10th in rushing yards per game (245.9 RYG) and they score 30.7 points per game (PPG), which is 55th in the FBS. But their passing offense is not good, they rank 111th in passing yards per game (173.1 PYG). Defensively, they’re better across the board. They rank 25th in total defense (342 YPG), 47th in passing (211 PYG), 24th in rushing (131.5 RYG) and 44th in scoring (24 PPG). The player to watch in this game is undoubtedly Leonard Fournette, but he isn’t draft eligible, so his right tackle – Vadal Alexander – is LSU’s top prospect to watch. Alexander has started 45 of his 48 career games and has started as a guard and a tackle. He has a shot to be drafted in the first round as either a guard or a tackle thanks to his combination of footwork, strength, length and size (6’6”, 320lbs). Of course, LSU has multiple prospects to keep an eye one. DB Jalen Mills, LB Deion Jones, P Jamie Keehn, LB Lamar Louis, DT Quentin Thomas, and LS Reid Ferguson are the Tigers top seniors. OL Jerald Hawkins, LB Kendall Beckwith and CB Tre’Davious White are juniors and have yet to make any announcements about their future, so they are worth watching. Texas Tech are looking to capitalise on their 2 game winning streak to end the season to get to the 8-win mark and win their 5th Bowl in 6 years having missed out on a Bowl game last year. The Red Raiders success is thanks to their offense. They rank 2nd in total yards (595 YPG), 2nd in passing – excluding bowl games – (389.7 PYG), 30th in rushing (204.8 RYG) and 2nd in scoring (46.6 PPG). Their defense, though, is abysmal. They are the 127th, of 128 FBS schools, in total defense (540 YPG), 114th in passing (268.3 PYG), 126th in rushing (271.8 RYG) and 125th in scoring (42.6 PPG). Like LSU, the Red Raiders’ top prospect is an offensive linemen, Le’Raven Clark. Clark is a very good pass protector for this team. He sets up very quickly and has a big, wide base that allows him to consume rushers. He is also patient and has quick feet to counter rushers when in pass protection. The Red Raiders system brings doubts about how NFL-ready he is, but he has the build and skillset to make him very draftable with the opportunity to develop into a starter. Along with Clark, RB DeAndre Washington, LB Pete Robertson, DE Branden Jackson, FS J.J. Gaines and WR Jakeem Grant are looking to make big impacts in their final college game. If you want to watch this game, or any of the other Bowl games, the complete Bowl schedule can be found here, where you’ll be able to see how and when you can watch every game.

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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