Thursday, December 31, 2009
LSU-Penn State Prediction: Capital One Bowl Preview
LSU Tigers vs Penn State Nittany Lions
January 1 1PM
The Capital One features two teams who thought they would be in the BCS when the season began. But both LSU and Penn State suffered losses to their conferences elite and each is looking for a marquee win to finish the season.
For once Penn State's coaching staff does not have all the rumors surrounding their program as the season ends.
LSU has had rumors swirling about DC John Chavis taking the same position at Georgia. Chavis signed a raise today according to the AJC to "end" those rumors. Will the confusion surrounding LSU have any effect on their coaches or players?
Both defenses were very stout during the season, but the offenses faltered in each of their losses. Penn State combined for just 17 points against Ohio State and Iowa while LSU averaged just 14 in three losses.
The Tigers were out gained on average during the season by 16 yards per game, but helped make it up by ranking 21st in turnover margin.
LSU's sometimes stagnant offense has been hit hard especially at running back where the top three players are expected to miss the bowl game. That puts a lot of pressure on the shoulders of QB Jordan Jefferson. Can he produce like he did in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl last year?
I think Penn State's defense will frustrate Jefferson with a pass defense that allows under 200 yards per game and a rush defense allowing under 100 yards per game.
Les Miles' is 5-2 in bowl games, including a 4-0 record at LSU, but he is going up against Penn State who has the second best winning percentage all time in bowl games with a minimum of ten bowls.
Nittany Lion Senior QB Daryll Clark has a good enough game to get his team ahead and let his defense win it in the fourth quarter with some key stops.
Penn State 24 LSU 17
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