Which bowl game is LSU’s likely New Year’s destination?

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Question of the Day: Wednesday, Nov. 29

It’s good to be LSU right now. While much of the SEC competition has been up in arms wondering who their next coach will be, the Tigers are wondering where they’ll be spending New Year’s Eve.

Understandably, fans are getting a bit antsy since they’d like to join the party.

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You may be thinking, “Wait, didn’t you talk about LSU’s most likely bowl games last week?”‘

You’d be correct. But the picture has changed since our last discussion.

Notably, Mississippi State lost both the Egg Bowl and its coach, knocking the Bulldogs below LSU in the bowl game pecking order. Also, Auburn upset Alabama. No matter how you slice it, three SEC teams seem destined for either the College Football Playoff or a New Year’s 6 bowl game. Georgia would have to get drubbed by Auburn to slip out of the top 12, which is the key number to watch.

The top-8 teams that don’t make the playoff will be divvied between the Cotton, Fiesta, Orange and Peach Bowls. One of those 8 spots also goes to the top Group of 5 champion, which at the moment is No. 14 Central Florida.

Once those spots are filled, the Citrus Bowl in Orlando has dibs on the next-best SEC team. At the moment, that team is LSU. So it appears a return trip to Disney World is in order.

Though that might seem like a bummer to people who hate doing the same thing twice, the matchup is likely to be a attractive. The Citrus Bowl would get the top-rated team that misses the New Year’s 6 bowls out of the ACC, Big Ten or Notre Dame.

Right now, the No. 15 Fighting Irish are that team. Should Ohio State lose the Big Ten championship game, there is a chance that team becomes the Buckeyes. Either way, you’ve got a matchup of two blue-bloods at noon on New Year’s Day.

It doesn’t get more appealing for college football fans. Barring an unlikely circumstance, expect to see LSU against another highly visible national brand at the Citrus Bowl.

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