There are four bowl games on Tuesday, Dec., 29, and the finale of the quartet is the Texas Bowl from NRG Stadium in Houston as No. 20 LSU faces Texas Tech with kickoff at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The teams didn’t meet in the 2015 regular season. The Tigers and Red Raiders have met twice previously, in the 1950s with LSU winning both.
LSU Tigers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
LSU (8-3), of the SEC, certainly had much bigger plans than the Texas Bowl entering November. The Tigers were unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings. In addition, sophomore running back Leonard Fournette was the overwhelming Heisman Trophy favorite.
However, things went downhill quickly. LSU lost 30-16 at No. 4 Alabama, was upset 31-14 at home by unranked Arkansas and then lost 38-17 at No. 22 Ole Miss. Not only were the Tigers’ national championship and SEC West Division title hopes gone but so were Fournette’s Heisman chances. He’s not even a finalist for the award despite rushing for 1,741 yards (third in nation) and 18 touchdowns. Fournette still has the goal of a 2,000-yard season.
Also back next year will be LSU coach Les Miles. That looked very unlikely entering LSU’s regular-season finale against Texas A&M as reports from everywhere were the LSU was going to fire its ultra-successful coach and pay a $15 million buyout, with the hopes of luring Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher to Baton Rouge. But Fisher decided to stay with FSU so Miles also is sticking around. With Fournette returning and a stellar recruiting class on the way, LSU will be a preseason Top-10 team in 2016. Miles’ team hasn’t been good in bowls lately, losing three of its past five postseason games.
Texas Tech (7-5) brings a four-game bowl winning streak into this one but didn’t play in a postseason game in 2014. TTU was a bowl bubble team following losses to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia late in the season, but the Red Raiders got bowl eligible by closing the regular season with shootout wins over Kansas State and Texas. TTU was 0-4 vs. ranked teams this year.
These two teams couldn’t be much different. LSU is No. 10 in the nation in rushing but can’t pass the ball at all, ranking 111th. The Tigers do have a Top-10 defense. Texas Tech, meanwhile, is an up-tempo pass offense and ranks No. 2 in the country in passing yards and second in scoring (46.6 ppg). But the Red Raiders can’t stop anyone, allowing 42.6 ppg. Even worse news: they can’t stop the run, giving up 271.8 yards a game on the ground.
Sign Up for Sling TV to Watch a Texas Bowl Live Stream
If you haven’t tried Sling TV yet, the college football bowl season is a great time to start. It is getting more and more popular because it provides live access to popular channels, including many live sporting events. Sling TV is the only live streaming service to carry ESPN and thus your lone option for LSU vs. Texas Tech. It’s a great way to watch the Texas Bowl online.
Sling TV’s starting package features over 20 cable channels. Included are channels like TNT, TBS, AMC and the ESPN family. Sling TV (review) and ESPN also have an agreement for subscribers to access WatchESPN with their Sling TV credentials — and the Texas Bowl live stream between LSU and Texas Tech will also be available via WatchESPN if you don’t feel like watching through the Sling TV interface for whatever reason.
You can watch Sling TV on streaming players (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.), mobile devices, your computer, etc. Currently Sling TV is offering a free 7-day trial with no obligation and easy cancellation should you choose (you won’t). There are no set-up fees. That means you can watch a Texas Bowl live stream free!
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Other College Football Bowl Games to Watch Online Dec. 29
*-All games can be watched on Sling TV and/or WatchESPN unless noted
Armed Forces Bowl: California vs. Air Force, 2 p.m. ET
Russell Athletic Bowl: North Carolina vs. Baylor, 5:30 p.m. ET
Arizona Bowl: Nevada vs. Colorado State, 7:30 p.m. ET (ASN/Campus Insiders, first bowl game not nationally televised since 1994)
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