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LSU vs. Louisville Free Pick, Prediction, Odds 12/31/2016

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LSU vs. Louisville Free Pick, Prediction, Odds 12/31/2016 - 12/31/2016 Free NCAAF Pick Against the Spread
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The LSU Tigers had a better season than their overall record might suggest as the Tigers stand 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the SEC with all of their losses coming in competitive close games against teams like Wisconsin, Auburn, Alabama, and Florida. In their regular season finale LSU cranked things up a notch on the offensive side of the ball as the Tigers went on to beat Texas A&M on the road by a final of 54-39. LSU has largely depended on their defense for success this season ranking 14th in the nation in total defense compared to 60th in offensive production. Transfer QB Danny Etling was a game manager throwing for 1,906 yards and 9 TDs to 4 INTs. The ground attack was led by Derrius Guice who’s picked up 1,249 yards and 14 TDs on 157 carries this year.

The Louisville Cardinals had the offensive output to be a team that could have made the college playoff, but the defense came up short in key defeats against Clemson, Houston, and Kentucky. In their regular season finale Louisville fell for the second time in as many weeks losing to rival Kentucky at home by a final of 38-41 in a result some felt could have costed Lamar Jackson the Heisman. Louisville actually ranks well on both sides of the ball standing 2nd in the nation in offensive production and 12th in total defense, but the defense was slipping down the stretch run. Lamar Jackson put up video game tpe numbers this season throwing for 3,390 yards and 30 TDs to 9 INTs, while also rushing for 1,538 yards and 21 TDs.

A lot of times there’s a Heisman hangover and teams that have the winner tend to not play up to expectations in their bowl game. LSU is better than their overall record might suggest, but not having one of their top players with Fournette being out could hold this group back slightly. Even though we’ve been high on this Louisville squad for most of the season, we feel the defensive strength for LSU could play a big factor in this matchup and as a result we’re taking the Tigers to cover the spread.

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LSU -3 -115

  1. Author: julole  1657 Rep Points   POTD: Seattle Seahawks on the win & cover

    I'm taking the 3 points in this one -- again after watching several prior bowl games the competitve aspect of these games lead me to taking points when offered up -- Louisville and the points

  2. Author: onetrikpony  280469 Rep Points  

    Nothing on the early games have been on Wash + the pts since this match up was announced now 14 played it @15 wouldn't be shocked if Wash wins or scares the hell out of Ala will wait for the late game but leaning Ohio St

  3. Author: cshanesmith  6010 Rep Points  

    Clemson +3, Bama -14.5, I actually like the over 52 for Bama game also.

  4. Author: cshanesmith  6010 Rep Points  

    LSU -3, also like the under 58.5

  5. Author: zacattack  345 Rep Points   POTD: Kansas -4 1/2

    Just a good tough game here can't wait for this one a bit of a shocker here but I think petrino draws up a good offensive game plan and I think LSU defense actually gets outplayed inn this one go CARDINALS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Louisville 34 LSU 20

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