FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head coach Gary Patterson was grouchy on Tuesday afternoon. He didn't much care for what he saw during the practice on the first day of classes. Stupid academics always ruins things for college football teams.
In a little more than a week, TCU will face LSU in a game Patterson really no longer wants. The same, he thinks, for LSU head coach Les Miles.
There is a reason why the two schools agreed on one neutral site game as opposed to the originally intended home and home.
“This will be the youngest team we've ever put in a game of this magnitude,” Patterson said. “I think both teams, to be honest with you, with as young as we are (don’t want) to have this ball game as the first game. Both teams are pretty young, but it is what it is.”
Other than the head coach, who does not get blown out, youth is a big reason why TCU has a great shot against LSU. Right now, Las Vegas as 4 or 4.5 favorites. That’s doable, and a certainly more attractive game than the previous Cowboys Classics involving SEC teams.
2011, No. 3 LSU 40, No. 4 Oregon 27.
In 2012, No. 1 Alabama 41, No. 8 Michigan 14.
The Tigers lost a slew of defenders to the NFL – Eric Reid, Barkevious Mingo, etc – and right now has no proven rushers off the edge. They probably have one or two, but no one reliable. That will help a TCU offensive line that features a true sophomore left tackle in Aviante Collins, and right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Gary said his offensive line is better today than last season.
I am on record with an LSU 24-17 win.
Picking the SEC team is the safe bet. But the Tigers are young on defense, their offense is usually a bit raw, Gary Patterson is seldom out-coached, and he has the senior quarterback in Casey Pachall.
It has the makings of a close game, which will be refreshing change for the Cowboys Classic.@MacEngelProf
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