After finishing the season with a big win over then-No. 15 Texas A&M, the LSU Tigers reached bowl eligibility with a record of 6-6. The Tigers learned their bowl fate on Sunday when the full 2021-22 bowl schedule was released.
LSU (6-6 SU, 5-6-1 ATS) will square up against Kansas State (7-5 SU, 6-5-1) in the TaxAct Texas Bowl on Jan. 4 (8 p.m. CT, ESPN). The game will be played in Houston, Texas at NRG Stadium, which is home to the NFL’s Houston Texans.
Interestingly enough, this matchup will be the final bowl game before the CFP National Championship game on Jan. 10.
Opening Texas Bowl Betting Lines
While the game does not take place for another month, bettors can still get an early look at the odds on various sportsbooks throughout the country. Oddsmakers expect a closely-contested game.
The Tigers are currently listed as 2.5-point favorites on notable sportsbooks including DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars. The moneyline price varies depending on which platform you are using. DraftKings and Caesars have LSU’s moneyline priced at -135, while K-State’s is listed at +115. FanDuel has LSU at -140 and K-State at +114.
The total is consistently listed at 46.5 on all three platforms.
As always, be sure to shop around at various sportsbooks to ensure you are getting the best odds and best potential payout available. This is even more important when betting on bowl games. Because there is so much time until the game takes place, the odds and lines could change over the next month. Make sure to keep an eye out for any changes in the coming weeks.
No More Coach O
Coach Ed Orgeron will not be on the sidelines for LSU’s bowl matchup against Kansas State.
After a 49-42 victory over Florida in mid-October, it was announced that Orgeron would complete the regular season as the head coach but that he would not return as LSU’s head coach next season.
Orgeron coached his final game with LSU in the regular-season finale on Nov. 27 against Texas A&M. Orgeron went out on top, as the Tigers took down the Aggies 27-24 at Tiger Stadium. The win gave them bowl eligibility.
Orgeron is set to receive his full $17 million buyout from the university, and he has said that he is not planning to coach in 2022.
LSU announced that Brian Kelly, formerly the head coach at Notre Dame, had accepted the same position in Baton Rouge. Kelly has already started preparing for the 2022 season.
Offensive line coach Brad Davis will serve as the interim head coach for the Tigers in the Texas Bowl.
All odds used were available at time of publishing on Monday, December 6.