LSU would play close to home against a high-octane offense if the season ended today.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel, the Tigers would “host” the Baylor Bears in a de facto home game at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. This matchup jibes with other bowl projections that have the same two teams playing in the Sugar Bowl.
LSU was ranked ninth in the latest version of the College Football Playoff rankings, while Baylor was sixth. The Bears are undefeated, but haven’t received much credit for it.
Baylor has played a soft schedule to this point and has pivotal matchups against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU remaining on the schedule. The Bears could play their way into the College Football Playoff if they can win out, but the Big 12 has not garnered much respect from the Playoff committee to this point.
There isn’t much of a history between LSU and Baylor. The Tigers lead the series 8-3, but the teams haven’t played since 1985 when Baylor beat LSU 21-7 in the Liberty Bowl.