Will LSU Football play a bowling match in 2020?


LSU is 3-5 this season and isn’t showing many signs of drastically improving its outlook for the 2020 season. In typical seasons, the Tigers likely wouldn’t be eligible for bowling at the end of the season, but it is not an ordinary season.

The NCAA has made some extreme decisions this year, including giving all fall athletes an extra year of eligibility and the option to opt out of the 2020 season and return in 2021. But one of the other big decisions that was taken is to make each team eligible. for a bowl game regardless of the record.

On Saturday before the Alabama game, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said on the 98.1 pre-match radio show in Baton Rouge that the Tigers would likely “play” in a bowling alley if invited. There are currently nine bowl games with SEC opponents following the cancellation of the Las Vegas Bowl.

“It’s going to be a weird year, obviously,” said Woodward. “It’s not going to be traditional like it used to be. I think we’re going to play in a bowl. The question is which bowl and how we’re going to do it and how we’re going to participate.”

Barring further cancellations, LSU would be at the limit of conference teams eligible for a standings bowl game. Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida and Georgia will all likely be competing for a New Year’s Bowl Six by the end of the season.

As it stands, LSU has a better record than Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. All of this is of course subject to change, not least given the difficult schedule that awaits the Tigers to close the season.

The Tigers’ final two regular season opponents, Florida and Ole Miss, both exhibit explosive infractions that have plagued this LSU team more than any other factor this season. Also, if LSU were invited to a bowl game, what would the roster for the game look like?

Keep in mind that there are still several juniors and seniors who might choose to simply move on after the regular season, including Jabril Cox, JaCoby Stevens and Glen Logan. Other stars, like Derek Stingley Jr., have been in and out of the roster due to injuries and it might be best to just shut them down to avoid further complications.

All of these roster issues should be addressed, but gaining that boules experience, even in a lean year, would likely benefit a young team looking for momentum by 2021.


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