Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Odds And Prediction

Nov 24, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers running back Derrius Guice (5) points to the crowd after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers running back Derrius Guice (5) points to the crowd after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Nov 5, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) rolls out of the pocket during the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports /

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Odds And Prediction

We have made it to the New Year’s bowls, with the first one taking place Friday night. New Year’s Eve features four games, including the two semifinal games. It promises to be a wild night! But first, there are still two morning bowls! The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl and the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Dec 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) and safety Jamal Adams (33) play defense against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at NRG Stadium. LSU won 56 to 27. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports /

(20)LSU(-3.5) vs. (13)Louisville at Orlando, FL(5): 

LSU(7-4, 5-3 SEC):

Wins: vs. Jacksonville State(34-13), vs. Mississippi State(23-20), vs. Missouri(42-7), vs. Southern Mississippi(45-10), vs. Mississippi(38-21), at Arkansas(38-10), at Texas A&M(54-39)

Losses: vs. Wisconsin(14-16), at Auburn(13-18), vs. Alabama(0-10), vs. Florida(10-16)

Record vs. bowl teams: 4-4

Les Miles was dismissed after a difficult loss to Auburn. The team seemed to turn a corner then, but Danny Etling is still not the answer. He isn’t enough of a threat throwing the football to take the pressure off of the run game. Adding to the difficulty is the fact that super back Leonard Fournette is sitting out the bowl game. I get it. I really do, but the teammates that he spent three years with need him, even if this game doesn’t mean much. At least LSU has a more than capable “backup” in Derrius Guice. He was even better than Fournette at times this year.

Louisville(9-3, 7-1 ACC):

Wins: vs. Charlotte(70-14), at Syracuse(62-28), vs. Florida State(63-20), at Marshall(59-28), vs. Duke(24-14), vs. North Carolina State(54-13), at Virginia(32-25), at Boston College(52-7), vs. Wake Forest(44-12)

Losses: at Clemson(36-42), at Houston(10-36), vs. Kentucky(38-41)

Record vs. bowl teams: 4-3

Louisville was a shoo-in for the playoff after blasting Florida State in early October. That is, until Lamar Jackson stumbled in the final two games. For as much good as he did early in the season, Jackson made critical error after critical error in the finale against Kentucky, and he could never get going against Ed Oliver and the Houston defense. Now, I’m not blaming everything on him. The lack of a consistent run game or an offensive line that can consistently protect him finally caught up to him.


The Heisman curse is a real thing here, folks. So is my 5-point bet curse. To beat LSU you have to grind and play great defense. That is not Louisville’s modus operandi. They can ill afford to get into a track meet against LSU. That is likely what will happen. I don’t see Louisville stopping Guice, and I don’t see Jackson having a lot of success against this LSU line. Especially the way the Louisville offensive line has played lately. The odds are not in Louisville’s favor.

Pick: LSU

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