Central Florida Future Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Riley wrote a preview breaking down the game:
Lions and Tigers and touchdowns, oh my.
As No. 12 LSU and No. 13 Penn State face each other in the Capital One Bowl on Friday in downtown Orlando, it will be a showdown of offenses, penalties, and turnovers.
Both teams can put a lot of points on the board.
The only time that LSU has been limited to less than at least 24 points was the trouncing they took vs. Florida. At the same time, Penn State has recorded a shutout vs. Minnesota and a 52-3 routing vs. Eastern Illinois.
This matchup really is a battle of the unknown potentials. Both LSU and Penn State only have losses to the best in their conferences, with the Tigers losing to Ole Miss, Bama and Florida; Penn State lost to highly-ranked Ohio State and Iowa.
LSU gets their yards through the air, with starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson cranking out 1,964 yards this season.
However, the Tigers have the weakness of youth and inexperience—a weakness that caused the loss against Ole Miss when a misjudged spiked ball with no time left gave the Rebels the win, even though LSU was in the red zone and driving.
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Penn State’s starting quarterback, senior Daryll Clark, has advanced through the years, putting up 23 touchdowns this season. The Nittany Lions can pound the ball up the middle with running back Evan Royster.
Royster has only made it in the end zone six times this year, though, as they tend to use him more for getting downfield than points.
A final key point here is penalties. LSU suffers from the chronic ability of stacking up penalty yards. If LSU shoots themselves in the feet a lot, Penn State will take advantage on defense and drive them back even more.
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