Texas Bowl promises to be an offensive shootout

Texas Bowl promises to be an offensive shootout

HOUSTON, TX (WVUE) - LSU and Texas Tech are still hours from kicking off tonight in Houston, and one of the intriguing things about this Texas Bowl matchup is that the Tigers and Red Raiders have such contrasting styles of play.

The stats say this will be an offensive shootout. LSU ranks 10th in the nation in rushing, the Red Raiders rank second-to-last in the country at stopping the run.

But where Texas Tech fails at stopping the run, they exceed on offense at throwing the ball. Kliff Kingsbury's crew slings it around non-stop, averaging 389 yards passing a game. Can't really imagine LSU in their wildest dreams getting close to those numbers. The Red Raiders finished the season 7-5 with a win over Arkansas being their big win. Going 2-0 against a conference as tough as the SEC would be a major feat, but LSU presents a whole different group of challenges.

"Yeah, we knew we'd have a very tough challenge more than anything," Kingsbury said. "I think when you've watched from afar how good this team is, one of the best running backs to play in probably the last 10 years, tremendous defense, we knew that we would have to play our best game. So that was kind of a mindset this entire month was practice at the next level and be prepared to play the best game we've played all year."

LSU is a touchdown favorite in the game.

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