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Seven Points: LSU vs. Texas Tech

It’s your in-depth seven point preview of the LSU Tigers taking on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the AdvoCare 100 Texas Bowl.

Point 1: Key Player

Player Vital Information
Name: Reginald Davis
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6-0/188
Classification: Junior
Key Stats: 36 receptions; 499 yards; 13.86 yards per catch; 7 touchdowns

When you watch the video of the LSU defense, they have no problem walking down on TAMU and I’d guess that they’ll have no problem walking down on Texas Tech. Reggie has to be better than he has been all year, which will be tough against a physical defense. Davis shares the lead with Jakeem Grant with 7 touchdowns. When he does shake loose, he can make a play.

Point 2: Uniform Tracker

Uniform Tracker
Opponent Helmet Jersey Pants Result
Sam Houston State W, 59-45
UTEP W, 69-20
Arkansas W, 35-24
TCU L, 55-52
Baylor L, 63-35
Iowa State W, 66-31
Kansas W, 30-20
Oklahoma L, 63-27
Oklahoma State L, 70-53
West Virginia L, 31-28
Kansas State W, 59-44
Texas W, 48-45

Point 3: Keys to the Game

Thanks to Football Study Hall (where there are more stats than just these, so make sure and check them out): Texas Tech’s profile and LSU’s profile.

The LSU defense is much better than you might think. The traditional numbers, down in Point 4, gives the impression that they might be just okay, but the advanced stats really like LSU.


TTU O Rank

LSU D Rank
S&P+ 6 27
Points/Gm 2 44
Explosiveness 14 39
Efficiency 7 64
Field Position 74 75
Finishing Drives 10 79

And the LSU offense is better than you might think too. They’re right next to Texas Tech in terms of offensive explosiveness and within shouting distance on S&P.


TTU D Rank

LSU O Rank
S&P+ 128 16
Points/Gm 125 53
Explosiveness 79 19
Efficiency 126 45
Field Position 59 92
Finishing Drives 125 43

Point 4: Texas Tech Offense vs. LSU Defense

This is where you might get a bit skewed in terms of perspective. It looks like that Texas Tech is so much better, and that offense is very, very good, but the LSU offense giving up a shade over 300 yardds a game is very good. That rush defense is really terrific. The funny thing is how mediocre LSU has been in the red zone. That’s trange.

Point 5: Texas Tech Defense vs. LSU Offense

I don’t need to expand on any of this, but the LSU offense averages over 400 yards a game and the Texas Tech defense gives up over 500, so you can do the math.

Point 6: A Look at the LSU Offense

This actually Texas A&M vs. LSU. You wouldn’t know that it’s TAMU because they’re wearing their dumb all black uniforms and are wearing no maroon, except for the lettering on the back of their jerseys, which is maroon, but you really can’t see. In any event, expect to see plenty of pro sets, traditional 21 personnel (2 running backs and a tight end) with a guy in motion.

This actually ended up being a nice bit of play-action as they faked to Fournette and the fullback was wide open for a screen pass, that he ended up missing the catch.

More of the same in terms of formation. Nothing crazy.

Except, there was some trickeration with the receiver going into motion for some sort of sweep. The strange thing was that the sweep was going to the same side as Fournette, so the defense was still going in the same direction as Fournette.

In passing situations, LSU has no problem lining up appropriately. Still have a tight end, but have gone with three wideouts.

The pocket breaks down a bit and TAMU does a pretty good job of covering the receivers, but Fournette is completely undovered and rumbles for a huge gain.

LSU goes shotgun here on 1st and 10, with 12 personnel.

This is what we’re expecting. Fournette is supposed to go up the right side, behind the guard, but he ends up going back to the left for a decent gain.

Point 7: A Look at the LSU Defense

Pretty traditional look here. Will most likely see a ton of four down linemen and two linebackers with five in the secondary.

LSU is playing this incredibly tight. The TAMU ends up throwing an incompletion, but there’s nothing open on this play. The receivers are going to have to beat the LSU defense.

Another look, as LSU is playing only one linebacker with every receiver being covered and two safeties playing over the top.

I think the TAMU quarterback throws another incomplete pass.

Look how LSU walks down on those receivers.

The obvious play here is to the wide receiver on the screen with the other two receivers blocking down the field, but I don’t think that happens here. Texas Tech is going to have to find a way to get some breathing room on the outside.

On 2nd and 9, LSU does back off a little bit, but they’re keeping everything in front of that first down marker.

The TAMU quarterback ends up taking that receiver that is open, but that falls well short of the first down marker.

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