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Louisiana College Football Bowl Preview – LSU, Louisiana, LA Tech & Tulane

The most exciting time of the college football slate is upon us. Bowl season is underway and four teams will represent the state of Louisiana: No. 1 LSU, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana, and Tulane.

Here’s an overview of each team’s bowl game:

No. 1 LSU Tigers

What: Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal)
Opponent: No. 4 Oklahoma
When: Dec. 28 (3 p.m. CT)
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta)

A trip to the national championship game is on the line in this intriguing matchup.

Undefeated LSU (13-0) returns for its second consecutive game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, having already captured the SEC title vs. Georgia at the same site.

This is LSU’s first appearance in the CFP as they seek their first national championship since 2007. In their last meeting, LSU defeated Oklahoma 21-14 in the 2004 BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.

LSU boasts the Home Depot Coach of the Year (Ed Orgeron), as well as the winners of the Heisman Trophy (quarterback Joe Burrow), Thorpe Award (safety Grant Delpit) and Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase).

LSU is second nationally in passing yards (386.8).

Dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has amassed 50 total touchdowns (32 passing, 18 rushing), anchors Big Ten champion Oklahoma (12-1).

The Sooners ranked 12th in rushing yards (251.2), 16th in points (43.2) and 16th in passing yards (303) nationally. Associated Press All-America first team wide receiver CeeDee Lamb has amassed 58 receptions, 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Oklahoma will be without three players (starting defensive end Ronnie Perkins, running back Rhamondre Stevenson and receiver Trejan Bridges) due to suspensions, according to ESPN.

With a victory against Oklahoma in the CFP semifinals, LSU wouldn’t have to travel far, as the national championship game will be in New Orleans on Jan. 13. LSU would face the winner of No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson.


Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

What: Walk-On’s Independence Bowl
Opponent: Miami (FL)
When: Dec. 26 (3 p.m. CT)
Where: Independence Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana)

Louisiana Tech (9-3) finished second in the West division of Conference USA. The Bulldogs average 34 points and 445.2 yards per game. Running back Justin Henderson has 967 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.

Miami (6-6), third in the Coastal division of the ACC, is on a two-game losing streak. The Hurricanes allow 20.8 points per game. Defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau has amassed 14 sacks.


Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

What: LendingTree Bowl
Opponent: Miami (Ohio)
When: Jan. 6 (6:30 p.m CT)
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Alabama)

Louisiana (10-3) won the West division of the Sun Belt Conference. The Ragin’ Cajuns are seventh nationally in rushing yards per game (265.3). Louisiana quarterback Asher O’Hara has 3,660 yards and 29 touchdowns combined through passing/rushing.

Miami (8-5) defeated Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference title game. RedHawks running back Jaylon Bester has 12 rushing touchdowns.


Tulane Green Wave

What: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Opponent: Southern Mississippi
When: Jan. 4 (10:30 a.m. CT)
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium (Fort Worth, Texas)

Tulane (6-6), losers of five of its last six games, will look to end the season on a positive note. The Green Wave started out the season with a 5-1 record before this skid. Led by athletic quarterback Justin McMillan (704 yards, 12 touchdowns), Tulane ranks 13th nationally in rushing yards per game (249.8).

Southern Mississippi (7-5) posted the third-best record in the West division of Conference USA. Behind quarterback Jack Abraham, the Golden Eagles are 23rd nationally in passing yards per game (288.6). Wide receiver Quez Watkins has tallied 1,024 receiving yards.

For a complete break down on all the bowl match-ups including in-depth coverage of the CFB playoffs and national championship game, watch the College Bowl Preview show on YurView Louisiana (Cox Channel 4) – Wednesday’s 7:00 pm & Thursday’s 9:00 pm CT.