LSU vs KSU: Previewing the quarterback battle for the Texas Bowl

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We have officially made it to game week as the Texas Bowl between LSU and Kansas State is set to kick off one week from Tuesday. The battle of two teams that wear purple but they are on different trajectories at this point.

Kansas State has two quarterbacks with starting experience, LSU has none. Myles Brennan started three games a year ago before an injury ended his campaign, he likely is unavailable for this game. Where will the team turn?

While we await the decision on Garrett Nussmeier’s waiver, we look at the quarterback matchup for the Texas Bowl.

Quarterback Comparison

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Breaking down who has the edge in the tale of the tape.

Thompson

vs

Nussmeier

6-2

Ht

6-2

223

Wt

172

Senior

Class

Freshman

141

Comp

29

205

Att

57

68.8

Comp %

50.9

1,844

Yards

329

9.0

YPA

5.8

9-4

TD-INT

2-2

Edge: Skylar Thompson

This really wasn’t much of a competition in the quarterback’s tale of the tape. Nussmeier just hasn’t played much and quite frankly the Tigers don’t have much in terms of experience at quarterback with Max Johnson’s transfer to Texas A&M. Thompson hasn’t been healthy but when he is, he can make the Kansas State offense go along with Deuce Vaughn.

It isn’t for certain if Nuss even plays in this game as we are still waiting on the waiver decision from the NCAA. If granted, he would likely start in the game against Kansas State. If not we could see Matt O’Dowd or even Jontre Kirklin as the signal-caller for this game.

Whichever way they go, expect a heavy dose of the run game to try and protect the quarterback in this one.