Bowl Season Provides Unique and Memorable Matchups

What I love about bowl season is that we get matchups we’ve perhaps never seen before. This year, we got a matchup between Oregon-TCU, two powers that last faced each other before ESPN was created (1978). Iowa and Stanford last played…uh, never. So, bowl season presents unique matchups, even between teams from the same general region of the country. That’s the case with the 2015 Advocare V100 Texas Bowl matchup this season between LSU and Texas Tech.

Now, it’s often said in the world of boxing that “styles make fights.” Over the years, I’ve adapted that saying for bowl season and it’s more apropos in our matchup in Houston more so than most in bowl season.

“Different styles make memorable bowl games.”

LSU and Texas Tech will put butts in seats just based on the names alone, with the city of Houston as a huge ace in the hole. But, throw in the fact that the bowl matchup features two seemingly polar opposite programs when it comes to on-field play and THAT can make for a fun night. How different? Well…

Texas Tech uses all 53 yards of the field to spread teams out on offense.

LSU can run its offense effectively with half of that space.

Texas Tech doesn’t mind the ball being in the air.

LSU likes the ball in the air…when it’s pitched to Leonard Fournette.

Texas Tech hasn’t had a defensive player drafted in years.

LSU has multiple defensive players drafted every single year.

Texas Tech has a coach that oozes cool with all he does.

LSU, well, that’s where the two coaches are similar, right?

If styles makes fights in boxing, the unique matchup that features the up-tempo, quick paced Texas Tech offense, the fast, physical LSU defense, the ground and pound LSU offense and Texas Tech’s defense should have all of us captivated for a full 60 minutes on December 29th, 2015.

And, I can’t wait. There are stars on both sides. Tech QB Patrick Mahomes. Fournette. Tech RB DeAndre Washington, LSU CB Tre’Davious White, Tech WR/RB/ATH Jakeem Grant and LSU LB Kendell Beckwith.

Mix it all into a football bouillabaisse and the fans of these teams and the city of Houston will have one heck of a bowl game to get behind in a few weeks.

As former Jets star LB Bart Scott once so eloquently said…


By: John Harris

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