Free Citrus Bowl Prediction: Cardinals vs Tigers Odds
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2016 Citrus Bowl
(7-4) #20 LSU Tigers vs. Louisville Cardinals #13 (9-3)
Date: Saturday,December 31st
Time: 11:00 am EST
Venue: Citrus Stadium, Orlando, Florida
NCAA Football Spread: Cardinals -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 60
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This bowl game has the Tigers and their stout defense going up against Lamar Jackson and the electrifying Louisville offense.
This matchup features two teams with one significant strength, and this should be one of the best games of the bowl season.
Ed Orgeron has been named the full time head coach which will be a significant move for the Tigers for the next few seasons. He is one of the best recruiters in the country and will get the most out of the Tigers for this bowl game.
The Tigers haven’t been known for their passing offense for over a decade, but senior QB Danny Etling put up good numbers in the win against Texas A&M.
He finished the game 20-28 for 324 yards through the air and 2 touchdown passes.
The offensive line gave him plenty of time and he was not sacked in big win. The Louisville pass rush will need to play at their best to force a couple of turnovers from the veteran.
Leonard Fournette has been the face of the LSU offense since he signed his letter of intent. This year the projected #1 running back in the NFL draft has been hampered by injuries and poor play calling. He is questionable for the bowl game.
With Fournette down with injuries, Derrius Grice has filled in with relative ease. He was absolutely dominant against the Aggies, carrying the ball 37 times for 285 yards and 4 touchdowns.
I expect him to put up big numbers if Fournette isn’t able to go. Look for him to get 150 yards and 2 scores on the ground.
The LSU defense struggled against the Aggies but there is still a lot of talent on that side of the ball and they will have a tough time slowing down Lamar Jackson and that fast paced Louisville offense.
Although he has slowed down as of late, Lamar Jackson has been the best player in college football. The dynamic sophomore looks like a once in a generation player but he struggled in the loss to Kentucky.
He threw 3 interceptions but did account for 450 total yards and 4 touchdowns. Against the Tigers defense expect Jackson to face relentless pressure, as Lousiville’s O-line won’t be up to the task.
Brandon Radcliff has been up and down the last few weeks, but put up a good game against the Wildcats. He carried the ball 16 times for 90 yards.
He can break long runs when given space but the LSU front seven will be the best he has faced all season. I expect the Tigers to shut him down and keep him under 50 yards on the ground.
The Cardinals defense has had trouble stopping the pass all season long. They were torched by Kentucky QB Stephen Johnson, who also beat him with his legs in the rivalry game.
If the Cardinals can’t force turnovers early I expect this game to be a lot closer than people will think.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Louisiana State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Louisiana State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Louisiana State’s last 15 games
- Louisville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Louisville is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Louisville’s last 17 games
Free Citrus Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
The Tigers can’t score in spurts, and the Louisville offense will start off slow but roll in the second half.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Louisville ATS
Lamar Jackson starts his 2017 Heisman campaign with a big performance.
Citrus Bowl Free Score Prediction: Louisville 41 – LSU 28
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