LSU Tigers vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 1/4/2021 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: LSU Tigers vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (+2.5)
The LSU Tigers (6-6) are headed to NRG Stadium on Tuesday where they will go up against the Kansas State Wildcats (7-5) in the TaxAct Texas Bowl. Kansas State opens this game as 2.5-point underdogs. The betting total comes in at 46.5.
The LSU Tigers come into this matchup with a record of 6-6 for this year. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Tigers played against the Texas A&M Aggies and earned the victory with a final of 27-24. Tyrion Davis-Price was the leader on the ground for the Tigers with 19 attempts for 84 yards (4.4 yds per carry). Max Johnson connected on 22/38 with 306 yards passing and 3 TDs. He had a quarterback rating of 151.6 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. Against the rush, the Tigers conceded 54 yards on 28 attempts, which averages out to 1.9 yds per rush surrendered. LSU relinquished 20 completions on 35 attempts for a total of 242 yds, and a completion rate of 57.1%. For the game, they tallied 74 plays which gave them a total of 412 yards. The LSU Tigers ran the football 36 different times and had 106 yards, which earned them an average of 2.9 yds per attempt.
Regarding putting the ball in the endzone, the LSU Tigers are averaging 27.1 points per game. As a unit they maintain an average of 109.5 yards rushing which is 117th in the nation. The Tigers have earned 4,483 total yards this season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, LSU has earned 29 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns. LSU has 238 1st downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 50 penalties for 388 yds. They have surrendered the football 14 times.
When it comes to yards via the pass, the Tigers have conceded 2,818 yds which ranks them 71st in D-1. They have allowed 234.8 yards per game through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 63.4%. During the season, they are granting 373.7 yards per outing ranking them 63rd in Division 1. They have allowed 26 touchdowns through the air as well as 13 touchdowns via the ground game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.8 yards per rushing attempt and 138.8 rushing yards per contest so far this year. During the season, they have conceded 1,666 running yards through 12 outings. The Tigers rank 57th in the country in terms of the opposition scoring, allowing 25.3 points per contest.
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The Wildcats come into this game with a record of 7-5 this season. For their last game, the Wildcats took a defeat with a final score of 22-17 against the Texas Longhorns. Will Howard finished the game with 65 yds on 9/13 passing while his quarterback rate was 111.2. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per attempt was 5.0. Deuce Vaughn ran the ball 24 times for 143 yds, finishing the game with 6.0 yds per carry for Kansas State. Kansas State ran the ball for 6.5 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 228 yds on 35 carries. The Wildcats finished the game with 293 yds and they ran 48 plays (6.1 yards per play). The Wildcats secondary gave up a completion rate of 75.0%, relinquishing 172 yards on 18 for 24 through the air. Kansas State relinquished 44 rushing attempts for 209 yards (4.8 yds per rush).
The Kansas State Wildcats average 355.8 yards per contest, which has them ranked 101st in D-1. The Kansas State offense has racked up 516 penalty yds on 64 violations, ranking them 100th in the nation in terms of hurting your team. Over the course of the season to this point, the Wildcats have earned 2,330 yards through the air as well as holding an average of 194.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 99th in Division 1. When discussing how much they score, the Wildcats currently sit 82nd in Division 1 with an average of 26.3 points per outing.
Kansas State has surrendered a total of 1,516 yards via the ground game (126.3 yards per game) as well as 14 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the year. They have yielded 12 touchdowns through the air and 221.7 yards/contest, ranking them 58th in the country. The Wildcats defense has participated in 787 plays, which is 24th in D-1. The Wildcats are giving up 21.1 points per game, which has them sitting 29th in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 253 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers -2.5
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