Key Matchups: Tech's OL Vs. LSU's DL will be breaking down the top position group matchups between Texas Tech and LSU leading up to their Dec. 29 showdown in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston. First up is the Red Raiders' offensive line versus the Tigers' defensive line.

Texas Tech’s offensive line versus LSU’s defensive front is one of the more intriguing matchups of the Texas Bowl.

The expected starters for LSU on the defensive line average 6-foot-4, 274 pounds. This may not be the deepest or most experienced line the Tigers have trotted out in recent memory, but it’s still very talented.

The group is led by defensive end Lewis Neal who started all 11 games this season. The junior led the Tigers in sacks with 8 and finished second in tackles for loss with 9.5.

Sophomore defensive tackle Davon Godchaux, who started all 11 games this season, has been a player for LSU this season tallying seven tackles for loss and four sacks.

Christian Lacouture, a junior who started and played in 10 games this year, lines up next to him inside and is a load at 6-foot-5, 307 pounds. 

Redshirt freshman Arden Key has taken over the defensive end spot opposite Neal and has started the past eight games there. He has produced 6.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Tashawn Bower, who started the first three games of the season, will rotate in at defensive end. Look for Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore, who have both played in every game this season, to rotate in at defensive tackle.

Texas Tech’s starting offensive line averages 6-foot-4, 312 pounds. Ths senior laden squad can pass protect against anyone in the nation, but will it be able to get enough push up front for an effective running game?

Le'Raven Clark will be making his 51st consecutive start on the Red Raider offensive line. Clark was a freshman All-American at right guard before moving to left tackle as a sophomore where he’s a three-time first-team All-Big 12 performer.

Alfredo Morales will be making his 36th start for Tech, including every game this season.

Jared Kaster will be making his 38th consecutive start at center for the Red Raiders in this one. He’s one of the team leaders.

Right guard Baylen Brown, the only non-senior starter, will be making his 23rd start of his career. Brown has played both guard and tackle in his career and this season for Tech.

Emeka Okafor has started the last four games at right tackle for the Red Raiders.

Tony Morales, Alfredo’s twin brother, could also see some time at right guard. He’s started six games and played in nine this season.

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