Why LSU Will Win The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
– To start with the obvious part of the puzzle … motivation. You don’t think these coaches have said the word Auburn about a gajillion times over the last few weeks? You don’t think these players have been prepped, pushed, and yelled at about how dangerous UCF really is?
Remember, last year’s Auburn team was hurt and depressed after losing the SEC title game and missing out on the College Football Playoff. LSU – especially after ending the regular season with the seven overtime loss at Texas A&M – is going to be ecstatic to be here.
– LSU doesn’t screw up. UCF lives on turnover margin, but that’s not going to matter against the Tiger team that’s a +12 on the year, didn’t give up a pick in nine of the 13 games, and has only lost the mistake battle three times. UCF might crush the margin with a +14 on the year, but it gave the ball away three times against Memphis in the American Athletic Championship. LSU probably doesn’t need a slew of takeaways to win this, but UCF probably will, because …
– Here comes the LSU running game. It’s been an interesting several days for the Tiger backfield, with second-leading rusher, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a part of a shooting incident after an alleged attempted robbery. Details are still being put together, but on the field, the LSU running game should still be fine against a miserable UCF run defense.
The Knights allowed 196 yards or more on the ground in each of the last five games, and gave up 220 or more seven times on the season. This isn’t an amazing LSU running game, but that’s partially because it had to go against several of nation’s top run defensive fronts. This is the game for the Tiger line to get rumbling right away.