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LSU will face giant-killer TCU
LSU enters the postseason as the hottest team in the country, having finished the regular season 12-0 and capped it off by drubbing Georgia 42-10 in the SEC Championship.
LSU dominated all season, winning high profile ranked matchups against No. 2 ranked Alabama, at the time, No. 3 ranked Arkansas, and defending national runner-up Oregon. This defense is full of stars—Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu, Mo Claiborne, Sam Montgomery, and Sam Montgomery.
In addition to this stellar defense, the offense has consistently put up points. First, it was Jarrett Lee. Now, much maligned quarterback Jordan Jefferson has added a new dimension to the Tiger offense, leaving people in the Bayou dreaming of another national title.
TCU Horned Frogs
TCU doesn't have the stars Les Miles has in Baton Rouge, nor did the Horned Frogs match the success of the 2010-2011 campaign, where Gary Patterson's team earned a birth in the Rose Bowl.
However, the Horned Frogs did lose team leader Andy Dalton, as well as other playmakers on both sides of the ball. The 2011 season consisted of close losses to Baylor and SMU and a huge win over then No. 5 and new conference foe, Boise State, giving TCU the conference title.
LSU's defense, under former Tennessee assistant John Chavis, has been consistently one of the top three defenses in the country since week one versus Oregon. TCU can score some points, finishing ninth nationally in points per game. However, TCU competes in the Mountain West Conference, while LSU competes every weekend in the most competitive conference in America.
LSU's surging offense will put up enough points while their defense holds TCU to minimal yards compared to their usual 444 YPG.
LSU wins, 27-6.