One more bowl game remains on the docket before No. 1 Alabama faces No. 3 Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship next week. LSU takes on Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Tuesday in a game that should give the winner plenty of momentum moving forward into the 2022 season.
The Tigers are coming off back-to-back win, including a home win over a ranked Texas A&M team that topped Alabama earlier in the season. They hired Brian Kelly to replace Ed Orgeron during the break, and Tuesday’s matchup will be an audition for players vying for playing time under the new regime.
The Wildcats dropped two straight games to close out the season. That followed a four-game winning streak that had coach Chris Kileman and crew thinking about a New Year’s Day bowl.
Let’s break down the matchup and make picks straight up and against the spread
LSU vs. Kansas State: Need to know
LSU’s QB situation: The Tigers aren’t left with many options under center after Max Johnson announced his transfer and quarterback Myles Brennan, who re-joined the team after spending some time in the portal, still recovers from his season-ending arm injury from the summer. Freshman Garrett Nussmeier is listed atop the depth chart, but it doesn’t sound like the waiver they requested from the NCAA that would have allow Nussmeier to play in the game while preserving his redshirt will be granted. If Nussmeier can’t go, Tavion Faulk, is listed No. 2 on the depth chart and Matt O’Dowd could be another player to keep an eye on. Both players are walk-ons.
Don’t expect a shootout: It’s unlikely that LSU will be able to light up the scoreboard based on its quarterback situation, but Kansas State isn’t capable of making this a shootout either. The Wildcats haven’t…