Three reasons to watch the Texas Bowl: LSU vs. Texas Tech

A quality Big 12-SEC matchup takes place Tuesday when LSU plays Texas Tech in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). It's a meeting of contrasting styles -- LSU's pro-style offense versus Texas Tech's up-tempo Air Raid attack -- that should provide for compelling viewing. Here are three other reasons to tune in:

1. Leonard Fournette: He didn’t make the trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony -- a distinction some would argue was a significant oversight -- but that doesn’t make the LSU running back any less worth watching. He still leads the FBS in rushing yards per game this season (158.3) and, regardless of hardware, can still be considered the best pound-for-pound running back in the country. The sophomore probably only has one college football season left (it would be a major surprise if he stayed for his senior season), so get every glimpse of this special running back while you can. Fournette has the potential to rack up big numbers against a Texas Tech run defense that is one of the worst in the country (271.8 rushing yards allowed per game, 126th in the FBS).

2. Patrick Mahomes: If you haven’t seen the Texas Tech quarterback play this season, now is your chance -- and take advantage. He is one of the most electrifying talents in the nation. He is third in the FBS in total offense with 4,767 yards (4,283 passing, 484 rushing) and tied for third nationally with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in touchdowns responsible for with 42 (32 passing, 10 rushing). He also is a sophomore who will only get better. He had a strong performance against one SEC opponent this season -- throwing for 243 yards and a touchdown and running for 58 yards and two scores in a September win over Arkansas -- so seeing him face off against another should be compelling to witness.

3. The coaches: Anybody who has watched a Les Miles-coached LSU team over the years can tell you to expect the unexpected. Miles is often good for a quirky decision that might defy logic but somehow works out for the Tigers. Beyond that, this will be the first game for Miles and the Tigers since the dramatic regular-season finale against Texas A&M, when Miles’ job status seemingly hung in the balance before athletic director Joe Alleva announced afterward that Miles would return. It could be interesting to see the energy level of this team now that we’re a month removed from all that. On the other sideline is Kliff Kingsbury, one of the most aggressive and creative offensive playcallers in the country. With a few extra weeks to prepare, you can bet Kingsbury will have something different cooked up to throw at this LSU defense; it’s worth tuning in to see what he comes up with.