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College Football
Louisiana State vs 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
Louisiana State N/A
Texas Tech N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State N/A
Texas Tech N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State N/A
Texas Tech N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Louisiana State N/A
Texas Tech N/A
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Louisiana State B. Harris 53.1 1904 12 5
Texas Tech P. Mahomes II 65.0 4283 32 14
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State L. Fournette 271 1741 6.4 18
Texas Tech D. Washington 223 1455 6.5 14
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State M. Dupre 39 602 15.4 6
Texas Tech J. Grant 80 1143 14.3 7
Touchdowns Player TD
Louisiana State L. Fournette 18
Texas Tech D. Washington 16
Quickchart Matchup
Louisiana State Louisiana State Off vs  Texas Tech Texas Tech Def
Louisiana State 419 yards
Texas Tech 540.2 yards
Louisiana State 5.8 yards/rush
Texas Tech 5.9 yards/rush
Louisiana State 7.5 yards/attempt
Texas Tech 7.7 yards/attempt
Texas Tech Texas Tech Off vs  Louisiana State Louisiana State Def
Texas Tech 594.5 yards
Louisiana State 342.5 yards
Texas Tech 5.6 yards/rush
Louisiana State 4 yards/rush
Texas Tech 8.3 yards/attempt
Louisiana State 6.4 yards/attempt