ORLANDO, Fla. — After a season-long rollercoaster ride by the LSU offense, nobody seems eager to pinpoint what to expect from the Tigers when they collide with Penn State in the Capital One Bowl on Friday.
Based on statistics alone, it’s not rocket science to predict LSU’s talented but erratic offense could struggle against Penn State.
The Tigers enter the game averaging 309.7 yards a game, while the Lions are allowing 277.1 yards a contest (eighth nationally) and lead the Big Ten Conference in scoring defense, surrendering 11.8 points per game (fourth nationally).
So what does LSU have to do to get its offense cranked up?
“We think we have some advantages in certain matchups,” Tigers coach Les Miles said. “Their defense is very sound, very solid. They bring the blitz and have all the ways to attack an offense with their personnel.”
Can 13th-ranked LSU (9-3) generate a running game against a Nittany Lions defense that allows 93.9 yards a game and 2.9 yards a carry?
If so, the Tigers will have to click with fourth-string tailback Stevan Ridley and hybrid backs Trindon Holliday and Russell Shepard doing the bulk of the work.