ATLANTA – This last-minute touchdown from Jaray Jenkins to beat Texas A&M on Nov. 27 could send the LSU Tigers all the way to Texas for their playoff award.
Indications in and around Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championship game were that LSU would likely play in the Texas Bowl on Jan. 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Other opportunities for the Tigers included the Armed Forces Bowl, Dec. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas; or the First Responder Bowl, December 28 at University Park, Texas.
Bowl offers will be announced Sunday afternoon after the college football playoff pairings, which will be revealed at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
The Tigers’ bowl hopes nearly vanished three weeks ago after a 16-13 overtime loss to Arkansas, LSU’s fifth loss in six games that dropped their record to 4-6. But the Tigers reached bowl eligibility by winning their last two games, defeating UL-Monroe 27-14 and toppling Texas A&M 27-24.
LSU went 5-5 last season and was eligible at bowling, but the school self-imposed a one-year bowl ban to resolve NCAA enforcement issues. Prior to that, the Tigers made an academic record of 20 straight playoff appearances.
The Texas Bowl pits the SEC and Big 12 teams against each other. LSU made an appearance in the Texas Bowl, with Leonard Fournette leading the Tigers in 2015 to a 56-27 loss to Patrick Mahomes and Texas Tech.
Only one bowl showing this weekend had LSU in the Texas Bowl. The website BowlSeason.com had LSU playing Kansas State in Houston.
Another big question is who will lead the bowl for LSU. The school appointed offensive line coach Brad Davis as interim head coach after the Texas A&M game, but new coach Brian Kelly said on Wednesday that it was yet to be decided whether he would coach LSU in his game. bowl.
Once the CFP playoffs and Six Bowl New Years teams have been determined, the Citrus Bowl will be able to select an SEC team. The SEC will then assign the teams to a pool of six bowls: the Texas Bowl, Outback Bowl, Duke’s Mayo Bowl, Music City Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Liberty Bowl. ESPN will then select the SEC teams to participate in two more bowl games: the Birmingham Bowl and the Gasparilla Bowl.
A record 13 SEC teams are eligible for bowling this year, meaning the SEC will need to find places for its teams in bowls whose conferences do not have enough eligible schools.
LSU’s bowl screenings went from nowhere to everywhere after Saturday’s 27-24 loss to Texas A&M to bring the Tigers to 6-6. Ofâ¦