LSU vs. Kansas State Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds

LSU vs. Kansas State prediction and pick for Tuesday's Texas Bowl. Handicapper Matt McCuen breaks down the game and lets us in on how he's going to bet it. Make sure you check out this pick for the Texas Bowl.
Matt McCuen |
Tue, January 4, 2:08 PM EST | 6 min read
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LSU vs. Kansas State Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds

LSU Tigers vs. Kansas State Wildcats - Texas Bowl

Spread: Kansas State -7

Total: 47.5

Date: Tuesday, January 4

Game time: 9:00 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: ESPN

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LSU vs. Kansas State Prediction

The Texas Bowl will be the final bowl game before the CFP National Championship and will feature the LSU Tigers and the Kansas State Wildcats.

LSU had one of their worst seasons in recent memory, playing to a .500 record while also dealing with some big-time changes, including firing legendary head coach Ed Orgeron. Coach O won a national title a few years back, so the news came as a surprise to many across the nation.

Kansas State came into the season looking to make some noise in the Big 12 but could not get into a flow in conference play, ending the season with an overall record of 7-5. The Wildcats were led by veteran signal-caller Skylar Thompson, who has been a staple in the Wildcat offense for the last few seasons. Kansas State got some great news when they were told Thompson would be available to return for this bowl game in what will be the final game of a great career.

On the flip side, LSU has had a lot of players enter the transfer portal, get injured or just opt out of this game. LSU will not have a scholarship quarterback on their roster, and their top three wide receivers are set to be all true freshmen. At many positions, the Tigers will certainly be depleted in this game and need some of their younger players to step up big time. These circumstances have made Kansas State a heavy seven-point favorite tonight. LSU looks to pull the big upset while Skylar Thompson and the Cats look to end their season with a bowl victory over an SEC opponent.

Today's play I am going with in this game will be Kansas State -7.

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I believe that the fact LSU is down to no scholarship quarterbacks and three freshmen wideouts will have a huge impact on their offense in this game. They are also missing players on the defensive end, and this is a great spot to fade LSU, who is simply looking ahead to next season and the Brian Kelly era.

This Kansas State team will be motivated for this game, especially because this will be the final game of Skylar Thompson's Kansas State career. Thompson has been one of the best quarterbacks in the history of Kansas State, and I expect him to dominate this game tonight. The line is telling the tale to me as it just continues to grow in favor of the Wildcats. The lack of weapons and available players, combined with the emotions of this game for Kansas State, makes this an easy pick to me.

The final thing I want to get into is the fact that for LSU, playing in the Texas Bowl is a loss. This is a storied university used to playing in new Year Six bowls or national championships. This game simply will mean much more to Kansas State tonight. I'll take the touchdown favorite in the Wildcats.

LSU vs. Kansas State Pick

  • PICK: Kansas State -7 -110

Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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