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Football fans can look forward to an intense and exciting day of college football tomorrow. There are still exciting matchups in the morning, before anyone starts thinking about the two playoff games. I’ll give quick previews and predictions for both. Check out my articles on the two playoff games as well, which will be posted soon.
Citrus Bowl — LSU vs Louisville
Everyone had high hopes for both of these teams before this season and their actual performances came as somewhat of a disappointment. Nevertheless, they’re both very powerful and driven programs with talented players. The winner puts itself in a very favorable position for rankings next season and possibly getting notoriety to improve their following recruiting classes.
The key to this game is whether LSU’s impressive defense can hold back Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals had two embarrassing losses to Houston (who’s been known to upset teams) and Kentucky. They weren’t close games and it seems like Louisville will be lacking some momentum by being upset in their last two games. It all comes down to whether they can dispel their demons from the last few games and play some good football. If Jackson can light it up like he has many times this season, the Cardinals will have another win under their belt.
However, Jackson is not a lock to have a big day because of the skilled LSU defense. LSU has a classic SEC schedule—that is to say, hard—and is looking to close out the season with 8 wins. Defensive backs, Jamal Adams and Tre-Davious White, made sure that LSU’s opponents only scored 9 passing touchdowns this season. They are a formidable secondary, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Cardinals handle them.
I think this game will be chippy and close, but I see LSU coming out on top. Louisville could just as easily win, but I don’t think they’re ready for an SEC caliber defense.
Taxslayer Bowl — Georgia Tech vs Kentucky
Winner: Georgia Tech
This one is by no means a top tier bowl, but it will be a solid game. Kentucky pulled off a stunning upset against Louisville (last game of the season), and Georgia Tech has had a strong season all around. Georgia Tech should be able to get their run game going because of the poor Kentucky rush defense. GT will showcase its vaunted running game and well rounded team in a double digit victory.
Nicholai Babis is a sophomore International Studies major at Vassar College. He specializes in College Football. He is a lifelong Seminoles fan, as well as a Rays fan and a Tampa Bay Bucs fan. He grew up in Tampa, Florida. He is a co-owner of the JR report and works for Athletics at Vassar College. He is the college football contributor at the JR Report. Follow Nicholai on twitter @nibabis . Hit him up if you want to discuss CFB, NFL, golf, tennis, and more.