Brad Davis is working towards getting the Tigers ready to tangle with the Wildcats of Kansas State. For the LSU bowl game 14 of our writers on the network weighed in with their predictions. It was 9-5 in favor of Kansas State.
Which five picked LSU to win?
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The Tigers will have their hands full when they take on Kansas State considering what they have and don’t have. We are still unsure as to who will actually be the starting quarterback on that day. It could be Garrett Nussmeier making his first career start. It could be a walk-on quarterback with Matt O’Dowd or Savion Faulk. Or could it be Myles Brennan returning from an injury that caused him to have surgery?
The team lost two wide receivers to the transfer portal since the last time LSU played a football game. However, despite all of that five journalists still believe the Bayou Bengals can pull off the win to close out the 2021 campaign.
Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: LSU 24, Kansas State 23
Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: LSU 13, Kansas State 3
Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: LSU 24, Kansas State 20
Christina Long, Southwest Times Record: LSU 28, Kansas State 24
Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: LSU 20, Kansas State 17
Which nine picked Kansas State to win?
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The Wildcats have their own issues as they dealt with injury concerns at quarterback among other positions. What they do have is one of the most dynamic weapons in all of college football, Deuce Vaughn. He was named consensus All-American by AP and Sporting News. Vaughn accumulated 1,717 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns for the Wildcats in 2021.
Defensively, LSU is going to have to find a way to deal with pass rusher Felix Anudike. In 12 games, Anudike racked up 11 sacks and 14.5 TFLs with six forced fumbles. Austin Deculus and whoever lines up on the left side will need to find a way to neutralize him. Whether that is one on one or getting help from tight ends and running backs. No. 91 can be a game wrecker if you let him.
Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Kansas State 41, LSU 21
Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Kansas State 31, LSU 17
Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Kansas State 24, LSU 21
Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Kansas State 27, LSU 24
Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Kansas State 27, LSU 20
Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Kansas State 27, LSU 23
Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Kansas State 31, LSU 17
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Kansas State 26, LSU 20
Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Kansas State 21, LSU 20
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