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Setting up LSU's second touchdown, LSU wide receiver D.J. Chark (82) goes backwards and loses his helmet after catching a long pass as Louisville safety Zykiesis Cannon (24) defends during the first half of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Saturday Dec. 31, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

National projections

• Kyle Bonagura, ESPN.com: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan

• Brad Crawford, 247Sports.com: Citrus Bowl vs. Miami (Florida)

CollegeSportsMadness.com: Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

• Pete Fiutak, CollegeFootballNews.com: Outback Bowl vs. Penn State

• David M. Hale, ESPN.com: Outback Bowl vs. Nebraska

• Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State

• Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: Outback Bowl vs. Penn State

• Alex Shirkey, SECCountry.com: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan

• Eric Single, SI.com: Fiesta Bowl vs. Michigan

• Erick Smith, USA Today: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan

• Jim Tomlin, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Cotton Bowl vs. Washington

Scott Rabalais’ take: I picked LSU to go 10-2 before the season and nothing I saw from the Tigers’ smothering victory over BYU moves me off that prediction. A 10-2 record puts LSU in one of the New Year’s Six bowls. Assuming Alabama is the SEC champion and is in CFP semifinals in the Sugar Bowl, I’ll peg LSU to go to one of the other four CFP bowls. For now, let’s say the Tigers head to the Cotton Bowl to take on Oklahoma State.

Bowl guide

Cotton Bowl: Dec. 29, Arlington, Texas

Orange Bowl: Dec. 30, Miami

Fiesta Bowl: Dec. 30, Glendale, Arizona

Outback Bowl: Jan. 1, Tampa, Florida

Citrus Bowl: Jan. 1, Orlando, Florida

Follow Scott Rabalais on Twitter, @RabalaisAdv.​