The 19th-ranked LSU Tigers and 16th-ranked Louisville Cardinals will both look to finish off their respective 2016 campaigns in style when they square off in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31st.
The annual postseason showdown will get underway on Saturday, Dec. 31, live from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and will air live on ABC. Now, let’s find out if the Tigers have what it takes to stop Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson to cover the college football Citrus Bowl betting spread as 3-point favorites.
LSU Tigers Vs Louisville Cardinals Spread & ATS Pick
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Who: No. 20 LSU Tigers (7-4) vs No. 13 Louisville Cardinals (9-3)
When: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Start Time: 11:00 AM ET
Where: Orlando, FL
Stadium: Camping World Stadium
Spread: LSU -3
Moneyline: LSU -150 at Louisville +135
Game Total: 59.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: LSU vs Louisville
Why Bet The Louisville Cardinals To Beat The Tigers
The Louisville Cardinals are (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) have lost two straight games and come into this bowl game showdown off a humbling 41-38 loss against lowly Kentucky in their regular-season finale.
This season, Louisville has beaten Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia, Duke, NC State, Marshall, Florida State, Syracuse, and Charlotte.
The Louisville offense is averaging 45.3 points per game to rank first in scoring nationally as Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 3,390 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Jackson also rushed for a team-high 1,538 yards and 21 touchdowns while running back Brandon Radcliff added 877 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Wide receiver James Quick hauled in 42 passes for a team-high 688 yards and six touchdowns.
The Louisville defense is giving up 23.3 points per game to rank a respectable 34th in points allowed. Keith Kelsey has led the Cardinals defense with 81 tackles and one sack.
Why Bet The LSU Tigers To Beat The Cardinals
The Tigers (7-4 SU, 5-6 ATS) alternated SU wins and losses over their final five games, but come into this contest off a convincing 54-39 rout of Texas A&M in their regular season finale.
This season, LSU has recorded wins against Texas A&M, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Jacksonville State.
The LSU offense is averaging 28.2 points per game to rank 67th in scoring nationally as quarterback Danny Etling has completed 60.0 percent of his passes for 1,906 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.
Running back Derrius Guice has rushed for a team-high 1,249 yards and 14 touchdowns while fellow back Leonard Fournette has rushed for 843 yards and eight touchdowns. Fournette has declared for the NFL draft and will not dress for this game.
Wide receiver Malachi Dupre caught 34 passes for a team-high 454 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, LSU has phenomenal in limiting the opposition to just 16.4 points per game to rank a stellar sixth in points allowed. Kendell Beckwith has led the LSU defense with 91 tackles.
LSU Vs Louisville Citrus Bowl ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
62 percent of public bettors like Louisville to cover the college football betting line and so do I, thanks mostly to the play of unstoppable quarterback Lamar Jackson.
LSU is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games. Conversely, Louisville is 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games and 15-4 SU in their last 19 games overall.
LSU has a boat load of talent and plays in the toughest conference there is, but Louisville has an unstoppable player in Lamar Jackson and the Tigers often struggle to score the ball. I like the Cardinals to cover behind a fantastic effort from Lamar Jackson.