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Where might quarterback Danny Etling (16) and the LSU Tigers be headed this bowl season?

What bowl spots will LSU be playing for this Saturday?

Nick Suss

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Bowl projections

We’ve officially reached the last week of the regular season. And because LSU can’t make the SEC Championship and isn’t looking for a new head coach this year, we can focus all of our attention this Thanksgiving week to bowl projections.

With a win this Saturday, LSU can improve to 9-3 with a 6-2 record in SEC play. That wouldn’t just be LSU’s best SEC record since 2012. It’ll put the Tigers in position to earn a quality bowl appearance against a Top 25 opponent.

Assuming LSU wins this weekend, here are the most likely locations LSU can end up for bowl season:

1. The Outback Bowl

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura, SB Nation and Saturday Down South are all projecting Tampa as the Tigers’ likeliest destination. The New Year’s Day noon game pits the SEC against the Big 10, setting up a potential matchup against a team like Michigan State, Northwestern or Michigan. Depending on the outcome of the Big 10 Championship Game, Ohio State could even be in play here, but a lot of dominoes would have to fall.

2. The Taxslayer Bowl

Shoot up 200 miles north from Tampa and you end up in Jacksonville, another likely LSU bowl destination. The Taxslayer Bowl matches the SEC against a Big 10 or ACC opponent, setting up a possible LSU versus Jimbo Fisher matchup as Sports Illustrated is projecting.

3. The Liberty Bowl

A Big 12-versus-SEC game, the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., is a backup landing spot for LSU. The Tigers would face the Big 12’s fourth bid, likely Iowa State or West Virginia, were it to end up playing in this game as ESPN’s David Hale predicts.

Poll talk

Coming off a 30-10 win over Tennessee on Saturday, LSU rose in the major national polls. Here is a recap of where the Tigers sit heading into the last week of the regular season:

The comparison game

It’s been a little while since we’ve done this, so let’s return to the running backs comparison game. It’s no secret that LSU running back Derrius Guice is talented. Chances are he’ll be selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. But how has he done statistically compared to some of the other big-name backs in college football?

Here’s a breakdown of Guice’s rushing totals this season compared to the other projected top-round backs.

Player Carries Yards TDs YPC
Derrius Guice 188 1,026 10 5.46
Saquon Barkley 183 1,057 14 5.78
Bryce Love 195 1,723 16 8.84
Josh Adams 171 1,337 9 7.82
Nick Chubb 166 1,045 12 6.30
Ronald Jones III 212 1,346 16 6.35

The week in NFLSU

An NFL Sunday isn’t complete without some star performances from former LSU football players. Here’s a list of some of the more notable outings by former Tigers in the pros this weekend:

  • Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught 6 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Elsewhere in that game, Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander came away with 8 tackles, 1 TFL and an interception.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette posted his fourth-career 100-yard rushing game with 111 yards on 28 carries in the Jags’ win over the Cleveland Browns.
  • Danielle Hunter came away with a sack for the second week in a row as his Minnesota Vikings defeated Michael Brockers (3 tackles) and the Los Angeles Rams.
  • Arizona Cardinals standout Patrick Peterson intercepted his first pass of 2017 and deflected 3 others in the Cardinals’ loss to the Houston Texans.

In LSU basketball news

Will Wade’s LSU men’s basketball team (2-0) opens play in the Maui Invitational on Monday versus Michigan. The Wolverines will present the Tigers with their toughest challenge in the early going; LSU’s strength of schedule thus far is ranked 328th by Ken Pomeroy’s standings. But the Tigers also will be the Wolverines’ first test. Michigan’s strength of schedule ranks 329th.

Action will tip off at 10:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast on ESPNU. Internet and mobile users can find the game streamed through WatchESPN and the Watch ESPN App.

Your non-revenue LSU sports recap

LSU football’s win over Tennessee wasn’t the only Tigers athletics event of the weekend. Here’s a look at what you might’ve missed this weekend:

  • Volleyball lost to Alabama 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. The loss dropped the Tigers to 19-8 on the year with a 10-6 record in SEC play. Only two more meets remain before the NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 30.
  • LSU’s men’s swimming and diving team finished third and the women finished seventh in the Art Adamson Invitational.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Nov. 20 is “National Absurdity Day.” Which is a holiday about as near and dear to my heart as any can be. Next to sports, comedy is my passion. And though I’m a huge fan of relatable characters and tight one-liners, nothing makes me laugh quite like absurdist premises.

There’s too much good stuff to bring up. Of course there’s Monty Python, the kings of the absurd. There are my comedy heroes over on The Lonely Island. There are countless TV shows and movies and stand-up routines that live in the absurd. But I’m going to stick with a clip from my pick for the greatest movie ever made.

Here’s Airplane!

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