Pictured: Quinndary Weatherspoon
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Preview: Louisiana State at Mississippi State

After having its 10-game winning streak and perfect record in the Southeastern Conference halted, No. 22 Louisiana State looks to avoid back-to-back losses for the second time this season when it visits No. 21 Mississippi State on Wednesday night. The Tigers dropped a one-point decision to Arkansas to deny their bid for their first 8-0 start in SEC play since 1981.

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LSU committed a season-high 21 turnovers in Saturday’s 90-89 setback and coach Will Wade knows his team must play better at Mississippi State, one of three road games in the next four. “They’re a very, very good team and I know the atmosphere will be good Wednesday night,” Wade said. “It will be probably the toughest road game we’ve had to this point. We’re going to need to play very, very, very well.” The Bulldogs went 3-2 during a five-game stretch in which they played four times on the road after winning at Mississippi 81-75 behind 27 points from Quinndary Weatherspoon. Mississippi State owns a 10-1 record at home but will face consecutive rugged tests against LSU and No. 5 Kentucky on Saturday.

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ABOUT LSU (17-4, 7-1 SEC): Sophomore Tremont Waters, who leads the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game and pumped in a season-high 36 in a win over Texas A&M on Jan. 30, was among 10 players nominated for the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard. Waters is averaging 6.0 assists, handing out at least 10 on four occasions, and has registered an SEC-leading 3.0 steals per game. Freshman sensation Naz Reid, projected to be a high pick in this year’s NBA Draft, snapped out of a two-game shooting slump with his second double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds versus the Razorbacks.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (16-5, 4-4): Reggie Perry is coming on strong in his first season with the Bulldogs, earning SEC freshman of the week honors after scoring 18 points at Alabama and following it up with a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds at Ole Miss. “My confidence has been up pretty much since we started (the SEC schedule),” Perry said after Saturday’s game. “My teammates have done a good job of getting me in the right positions and keeping me motivated.” Leading scorer Weatherspoon averaged 20.8 points over the past five games on 53.1 percent shooting (34 of 64).

TIP-INS

1. Mississippi State has won 14 in a row when Weatherspoon scores 20 points.

2. Waters has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games.

3. Bulldogs G Lamar Peters, averaging 12.9 points, scored 24 against LSU in last season’s SEC tournament.

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Fanpicks.com College Football Bowl Game Preview

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl

LSU vs. Texas Tech

By: Aldo Panessidi

Fanpicks.com continues to bring you our College Football Bowl Game previews… with an exciting matchup between LSU and Texas Tech battling it out in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl.  It will be a very close game… we predict that LSU will reign over Texas Tech with a final score of 35 to 31.  Play the most exciting fantasy college football contest only at Fanpicks.com… simply the best daily fantasy sports destination on the Net.

 

LSU coach Les Miles spent the last few weeks of the regular season unsure about his job security but comes into bowl season armed with the knowledge that he’ll be back to guide Leonard Fournette and company again next year. Miles will try to reward the school’s faith in him when he leads the Tigers against Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Dec. 29. The Red Raiders enter the postseason with some momentum after knocking off Kansas State and Texas in their final two games.

Texas Tech boasts the No. 2 scoring offense in the nation at an average of 46.6 points and the No. 2 passing attack (389.7 yards). LSU proved to be more vulnerable in the defensive secondary than usual and slipped to 47th against the pass, surrendering an average of 211 yards through the air. The Tigers were in the mix for a spot in the National Championship Playoff before surrendering 30 or more points in three straight losses, but finished the regular season with a 19-7 triumph over Texas A&M.

The Red Raiders will put their passing offense up against any opponent behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who enters bowl season third in the nation with 4,283 passing yards. The sophomore threw for 32 touchdowns and rushed for 10 more in a breakout campaign. The Texas Tech passing game is in direct contrast to LSU’s attack, in which quarterback Brandon Harris heads an offense that averages 173.1 yards – 110th in the nation.

 

TEXAS TECH Season Overview (7-5, 4-5 Big 12): The Red Raiders became bowl eligible with a 59-44 victory over Kansas State on Nov. 14 and are excited to have an extra month of bowl practice to continue the steps forward gained down the stretch. “I think the last two games, (we) played our best football and felt like that is what we wanted to do and have a month to continue to try to get better and play one of the best teams we will have played all year,” coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters. “I like where we are at, but know that it is a big challenge ahead of us.” Kingsbury’s squad could use the extra time to work on the defense, which gave up 44.5 points in its final two games.

 

LSU Season Overview (8-3, 5-3 SEC): The Tigers’ offense took a dip when Fournette’s historic pace tailed off in a 30-16 loss at Alabama on Nov. 7. The superstar sophomore posted his three lowest rushing totals in the team’s three losses before bouncing back with 159 yards in the season-closing victory over Texas A&M, pushing him past Charles Alexander (1977) for the school’s single-season rushing record with 1,741. “My brother was showing me a highlight tape someone made of me. Just looking at it, I was like, ‘Man, I did all that?’” Fournette told reporters. “It was like a dream, everything was coming so fast. I had a wonderful season. I enjoyed every bit of it.”

 

 

 

PREDICTION: LSU 35, Texas Tech 31

 

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 12-29-2015

LSU Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Texas Bowl will feature the Texas Tech Red Raiders to meet the LSU Tigers. College football draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on Tuesday December 29th to follow the results of their one day real money fantasy picks.

 

LSU has been a one dimensional team on the year and it costs the team when they stepped up in competition. The team is 9-3 and suffered three straight losses down the stretch to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. They picked up a 19-7 victory against Texas A&M to close out the regular season but the 19 points were the most they scored in their final four games of the regular season. The Tigers get the luck of the draw as they face one of the worst defenses in the bowls in the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders are 126th against the run and a layup for a much maligned LSU offense to look good.

 

Texas Tech is the top passing team from college football passing for 389 yards per game. They should have success in this game moving the football on the Tigers who rank 50th from college football in defending the pass.

 

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The best player on the field in this game and the top NFL prospect is LSU running back Leonard Fournette. He has rushed for 1741 yards on the campaign with 18 touchdowns on the ground. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and should have a field day running on the bad Texas Tech defense. This game will be a showcase game for Fournette to get the Tigers fans fired up for the 2016 campaign as they get at least another year from their sophomore running back.

 

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LSU Tigers RB

 

Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes improved greatly from his freshman campaign. He completed 65% of his throws for 4283 yards with 32 touchdowns and 14 picks. He is also rewards fantasy football general managers with his running ability as he rushed for 484 yards and ten touchdowns on the campaign. Mahomes has passed for three touchdowns or greater in three of his past four games. The Red Raiders signal caller has also thrown for over 300 yards in seven of his past nine games.

 

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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears College Football Fantasy Preview 12-29-2015

 

The Russell Athletic Bowl features the Baylor Bears against the North Carolina Tar Heels. DFS draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 5:30PM Eastern Time on Tuesday December 29th to track the scoring results of their college football fantasy daily picks.

 

The Baylor Bears had much higher aspirations than the Russell Athletic Bowl. This team has a single goal and that is to make the playoffs and it was another year of disappointment. Their offense has struggled as they have been hit with several injuries to their quarterback position that saw the team have to play a fourth stringer.

 

North Carolina had a very successful season at 11-2. They were tenth in the nation in scoring offense by averaging nearly 41 points per game. They are competing against the 76th ranked pass defensive team that gives up 232 yards per game.

 

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Big play wide receiver Mack Hollins led the Tar Heels with 28 catches for 711 yards with eight touchdowns. He faced off against several good defensive teams in the ACC but will find the pass coverage much softer in this spot. Hollins caught five balls for 165 yards against a defensively challenged Duke Blue Devils team and had three touchdown catches against Wake Forest.

 

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LSU Tigers versus Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 11-7-2015

It’s the big one on Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide will be home to the LSU Tigers. Fantasy college football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on November 7th at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster selections.

The Alabama Crimson Tide has won the past four meetings with the LSU Tigers. Last year it was a low scoring game as Alabama was able to win 20-13 in overtime on the road. The Tigers gained just 259 offensive yards in the loss as they rushed for 183 yards. NFL prospect Leonard Fournette had 21 carries for 79 yards in defeat.

LSU is 7-0 on the year. The team has notable wins at Mississippi St and home to Florida by seven points. Tigers will have the benefit of a bye week after a 28 point home victory to Western Kentucky. LSU is fourth from college football in running the football as the club rushes for 308 yards per game on the campaign. On defense LSU is 40th in the nation in points allowed by allowing 22.6 points per game.

Alabama is 7-1 and will also come off a bye week. They squeaked past Tennessee two weeks ago by the score of 19-14. Their lone loss came back on September 19th with a 43-37 defeat at home to Mississippi. The Crimson Tide had difficulty defending the passing game for the Rebels as Alabama allowed Chad Kelly 341 yards passing and three touchdown passes. The Crimson Tide self-destructed in their loss by turning the ball over five times and taking none away from Ole Miss. In their win against the Volunteers, Alabama needed a touchdown with just over two minutes remaining for the win. Their run game struggled as they rushed for 117 yards on 42 carries.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

The Tigers signal caller is completing 58% of his throws for 1098 yards with nine touchdowns and no picks. He is a threat to run the football as Harris has rushed for 136 yards on 41 carries and three touchdowns. He had his best game two weeks ago at home to Western Kentucky with 286 yards passing and three touchdowns.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

Fournette leads the Tigers with 176 carries for 1352 yards with 15 touchdowns. The sophomore running back is not featured much in the passing game with seven receptions for 58 yards.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

The LSU junior wide receiver has 24 receptions for 426 yards with two touchdowns. Two weeks ago Dural had a good game at home to Western Kentucky with five catches for 132 yards with a touchdown. On the year Dural is averaging 17.8 yards per catch.

Malachi Dupre

Dupre has caught 21 passes this season for 397 yards with five touchdowns. The sophomore wide out has four touchdown catches in his past three games. In the win at home to Florida on October 17th it was Dupre catching four passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Malachi Dupre has an outstanding 18.9 yards per reception on the 2015 campaign.

Alabama Crimson Tide QB:

Jake Coker

The senior quarterback for the Crimson Tide has completed 63.8% of his passes for 1623 yards with 11 touchdowns but seven picks. Coker has hit on 72% of his throws or greater in his past three games which came against Arkansas, at Texas A&M and home to Tennessee. In the big second half comeback win to Arkansas, Coker passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.

Alabama Crimson Tide RB:

Derrick Henry

Henry has rushed for 1044 yards on the year on 180 carries for 5.8 yards per carry. The Crimson Tide running back has combined in two games for 379 yards with four rushing touchdowns. Two weeks ago at home to Tennessee it was Henry rushing for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Alabama Crimson Tide WR:

Calvin Ridley

The freshman wide out leads the Crimson Tide with 48 catches for 525 yards with three touchdowns. Ridley has seven receptions or greater in his past three games all against SEC schools in Tennessee, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Jake Coker (Alabama)

RB: Leonard Fournette (LSU)

WR: Calvin Ridley (Alabama),  Travin Dural (LSU)

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Florida Gators versus LSU Tigers College Football Fantasy Picks 10-17-2015

It will be a battle between two undefeated SEC conference schools as the LSU Tigers will be home to the Florida Gators. College football fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their rosters picks.

These teams went head to head last year and it was LSU pulling out a 30-27 victory on the road. Florida will visit LSU with a mark of 6-0. The team has four wins in the SEC and has held three SEC opponents to ten points or fewer. Last week they traveled to Missouri and won 21-3 as they limited the Tigers to just 257 yards for the game and a miserable 1 of 14 conversions on third down. A big blow for the team as starting quarterback Will Grier is out for the season with a PED suspension. The team will look to Treon Harris to start on Saturday night. Florida has put up some impressive defensive stats this year ranking in the top 16 in college football in yardage allowed, rushing defense and points allowed giving up just 14.3 points a game.

LSU is a 5-0 football team. After a 21-19 road win at Mississippi St in the opener the Tigers have scored an average of over 40 points in their past four games. They crushed South Carolina in their home stadium last week by the score of 45-24. LSU produces some great defensive numbers as well. They are a good rushing team as they run for 346 yards per game on the year. The Tigers don’t pick up much from their passing game throwing for 122 yards ranking 122nd in college football.

Florida Gators QB:

Treon Harris

The sophomore backup has hit on 70% of his throws for 269 yards with two touchdowns. In his limited time under center Harris has run for 63 yards on ten carries for 6.3 yards per rush.

Florida Gators RB:

Kelvin Taylor

Taylor leads the Gators by a long way with 114 carries for 438 yards with seven touchdowns. He has seen significant action for all three years in the program. Last week at Missouri Taylor had 99 rushing yards on 28 carries for 3.5 yards per run. Taylor had two touchdowns in the win.

Florida Gators WR:

Demarcus Robinson

The junior wide out has caught 34 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks ago against Ole Miss Robinson had 98 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Powell

Powell had 16 receptions for 252 yards with three touchdowns. He had a 77 yard touchdown catch in the win against Ole Miss. The sophomore wide out is averaging 15.8 yards per catch on the year.

Antonio Callaway

The freshman wide receiver has 13 catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Callaway had a good game at home to Tennessee with five grabs for 112 yards and a touchdown.

LSU Tigers QB:

Brandon Harris

The LSU quarterback has hit on 57% of his throws for 610 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. He had his best game of the year against South Carolina at home last week by hitting on 18 of 28 throws for 228 yards with two touchdowns and a long throw of 62 yards.

LSU Tigers RB:

Leonard Fournette

The sophomore running back has been huge this year with 1022 yards rushing on 119 carries and 12 touchdowns. Last week against South Carolina Fournette ran for 158 yards and a touchdown as he rushed for nearly 8 yards a carry.

Derrius Guice

Guice has run 29 times for 263 yards and a touchdown. The freshman back had his best game of the year last week against South Carolina with 16 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown.

LSU Tigers WR:

Travin Dural

Dural leads the unit with 14 catches for 229 yards and a touchdown. He caught four balls last week for 109 yards and a touchdown. The junior wide out is averaging 16.4 yards per catch on the year and had a long reception go for 62 yards last week against South Carolina.

College Football Fantasy League Picks

QB: Treon Harris (Florida)

RB: Leonard Fournette (LSU)

WR: Travin Dural (LSU), Demarcus Robinson (Florida)

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