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5 things to watch LSU vs UCF

Kristian Garic
December 31, 2018 - 2:15 pm
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5 things to watch LSU vs UCF

Alright finally the much anticipated fiesta bowl between LSU and UCF is at our doorstep tomorrow. The Tigers look to put the cherry on top of a 10 win season that would put an end to UCF’s twenty five game winning streak. Oh man let’s go! Here are five things to watch.

  1. Are the Tigers rusty or ready?  I’m curious to see how the team responds after the long break between their last game, a wild shootout loss to Texas A&M in the regular season finale. Coach Ed Orgeron said the team is angry and has a bitter taste in their mouth over that loss.
  2. UCF is a great program; and whil they believe they should be in the conversation for a national title and even staking their own claim to one last year, to me, that is silly. The bottom line is the Golden Knights simply don’t play the same schedule of the power five conferences. UCF will have some success early against LSU or at least make it a game in the first half, but the physicality of the Tigers will break them in the second half.
  3. Coach O said after the end of the regular season the team that plays in the bowl game will be vastly different from the one that played in the regular season finale. The personnel will be different. CB Greedy Williams isn’t playing after declaring for the NFL draft. A few other players will miss the game due to injury. I want to see the secondary without Greedy lurking back there.
  4. During the 15 bowl practices leading up to this game, Coach O talked a lot about adding some new things on offense and some different wrinkles. We’ll get to see if that was just lip service or if they truly added more dimension to this offense that at times during the regular season became stagnant and boring to watch.
  5. The Tigers will want to turn this into a bloody your nose kind of game. LSU wants to impose their will on offense by running the football against a smaller but quick UCF defense. I wouldn’t be surprised to see LSU implement a few more QB keepers for Joe Burrow. Getting him more involved in the running game was successful toward the end of the regular season.

Prediction: I have a ton of respect for UCF and their program. Winning 25 straight games is no easy task in college football. I am aware one of those wins came last year in a bowl game against Auburn. However, this LSU team is on a mission.  They want to end the season with 10 wins and build the momentum created by surpassing expectations and a top recruiting class. This game means so much for the future of the LSU program. Tigers win this going away in the second half. UCF will wear down late in the third or early fourth quarter.

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