The Louisville Cardinals and LSU Tigers are taking to the field on Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The game is scheduled for an 11:00 a.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ABC. The college football odds for the game have LSU favored to pick up the win in this one.
College Football Odds
Total: 59.5 points
LSU is favored here despite being only 7-4 on the season. Leonard Fournette, the team’s best player, has decided not to play in the game to pursue his future in the NFL and the Tigers will move ahead without him on the roster. Fournette was banged up quite a bit during his career and missed five games this season.
In his absence, Derius Guice stepped up and had a huge season for the Tigers, rushing for better than 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. Guice rushed for an average of eight yards a carry this season and the Tigers will look to rely heavily on him this game.
Louisville has the Heisman Trophy winner in Lamar Jackson, he accounted for 51 touchdowns this season and better than 4,900 yards of total offense. He’s a threat to score each play through the air or with his feet, but confidence needs to be restored here for the Louisville squad.
The Cardinals have lost two straight to end the season, getting torched by Houston and losing a close one to rival Kentucky. Prior to that, the Cardinals had a legitimate shot at potentially playing in the college football playoffs. Jackson will have to have his team ready to go and motivation could be key for this offense.
LSU has seen great opposing offenses all season. Their team speed on the defensive side of the ball will be important here and it features the Tigers team strength against the Cardinals offense. Jackson will look for a big game here, but it might be a grind it out kind of contest.
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