The LSU Tigers had a vastly different look this season. After Ed Orgeron was ousted midway through the 2021 season, LSU knew that changes needed to be made. The LSU administration made a huge change, as they pried Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame. Kelly immediately brought credibility back to the LSU program. He brought in some huge recruits, hit the transfer portal hard, and he now has the Tigers looking for their 10th win.
The Tigers will meet up with the Big 10 runner-up, the Purdue Boilermakers. These two will square off in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Purdue has gone through a lot of changes since the season ended. Head coach Jeff Brohm left Purdue to take the head coaching job at his alma mater, the University of Louisville. Brohm took many coaches with him, including defensive coordinator Ron English. We’ll see how different the Boilermakers look in this one.
We’ll now give you a brief overview of each team, and then we’ll give you our NCAA Football Bowl Betting prediction for the 2023 Citrus Bowl.
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Purdue will look nothing like the offensive juggernaut that they were throughout the Big 10 season. The Boilermakers averaged 410 yards of offense per game. With quarterback Aidan O’Connell, top receiver Charlie Jones, and three other offensive starters opting out for this game, the offense will have a vastly different look. We’ll see what Jeff Brohm’s brother Brian, the team’s offensive coordinator and now the interim head coach, has in store for LSU. Purdue alum and future NFL Hall of Famer Drew Brees has also been brought in to help with the offense.
While many teams have been hit hard during the bowl season, LSU didn’t get a lot of opt outs. The best news that LSU received is that quarterback Jayden Daniels will be returning next season. Daniels was responsible for over 3500 yards of offense along with 27 touchdowns this past season. Even though Daniels missed time at the end of the regular season due to an injury, he has stated that he is now back to 100% and will play in the Citrus Bowl.
LSU did lose three top defenders from the defensive line prior to this game. We’ll see how well they can replace those three starters. Other than that, the Tigers haven’t lost anyone of much importance. This defense should be ready to slow down an already weakened Purdue offense.
LSU comes into this one as a 14.5-point favorite. LSU has played better competition throughout the season, has a victory over Alabama, and is the better team in this one. Not only has Purdue lost some important players on offense, but their defense has been hit hard by opt-outs as well.
While we think Purdue will be able to score some points, we just don’t see them staying too close to LSU. The LSU offense will take advantage of a poor Purdue run defense and will attack them on the ground. We look for a big day from Daniels running the ball. LSU wins this one 42-24 and gets their 10th win of the season.