PennState (10-2) heads into the Capital One Bowl against LSU (9-3) with (from what I can tell) a distinct advantage over the Tigers. Offensively, PSU leads LSU in every major category, outgaining them in the air by almost 50 yards per game (238.9 to 180.1), and on the ground by over 40 (173.6 to 129.6). On the defensive side of the ball, PSU is ranked 10th nationally against the run (93.9 ypg), 8th overall (277.1) and allows the 4th fewest points per game (11.8). These stats are no doubt a product of the cupcake schedule the Lions endured, but impressive nonetheless. Conversely, LSU ranks a paltry 108th in total offense (309.7 ypg) giving PSU fans hope that a bowl win could be in the cards. I don’t claim to be an expert – just look at my DWDW record in college football – but all signs seem to point towards a PSU victory in this one.
PennState is 1-3 in the Capital One Bowl, while LSU is 1-1, losing 30-25 in 2005 on a last-second touchdown pass in Nick Saban's final game as coach.
The last time these two teams met was a 16-9 Nittany Lions win in the 1974 Orange bowl, capping Joe Pa’s third of five unbeaten seasons.