Despite the season ending on a down note in College Station, the LSU Tigers had still done enough this season to be ranked in the top 10 and be in contention for a high profile New Year’s Six Bowl. In the final CFP rankings, LSU dropped slightly to #11, but were still ranked high enough to be selected for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Their opponent will be the 12-0 #8 UCF Knights of the AAC, the defending 2017 National Champions.
This game will mark a few milestones for LSU. It is the program’s 50th bowl game all time, and the first time that LSU will travel west of El Paso for a bowl game. It’s the first ever matchup against UCF, who overcame losing their starting QB late in the season and a 21-7 deficit against Memphis to retain their AAC conference championship on Saturday in dramatic fashion. UCF has spent the last two seasons fighting for respect, soundly beating Auburn last season in the Peach Bowl and staking their claim to legitimacy. The Knights will no doubt see this game as another rung on the ladder to climb, trying to force their way into the playoffs in the future.
The game will be on New Year’s Day at 11am on ESPN. The Tigers better not walk into the game with a hangover.