Photos: Wild, wacky, emotional game day ends with victory, LSU coach Les Miles carried off field by players _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) jumps out of the grasp of Texas A&M linebacker Richard Moore (7) during the second half Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Tiger Stadium. LSU won 19-7.

THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE’S BOWL GAMES

Independence Bowl

WHEN: 4:45 p.m. Dec. 26

WHERE: Shreveport

TV: ESPN

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. ACC

THE CASE FOR LSU: It would take Alabama losing to Florida in the SEC Championship Game, thus knocking the SEC out of the College Football Playoff and pushing everyone down a rung on the bowl ladder ...

THE CASE AGAINST: ... and even then, no. The Independence lines up after the CFP, Sugar, Citrus, Pool of Six bowls and Birmingham. An 8-3 LSU team will be snapped up before the I-Bowl would even get to make a pick.

Texas Bowl

WHEN: 8 p.m. Dec. 29

WHERE: Houston

TV: ESPN

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. Big 12

THE CASE FOR LSU: Not an exotic address but one that combines a lot of positives for the Tigers and their fans: close to Louisiana, home of huge alumni and recruiting bases and an indoor stadium.

THE CASE AGAINST: It’s a more attractive bowl for 7-4 Texas A&M, which could be paired with a former Big 12 rival. Also, LSU opens the 2017 season in Houston against BYU, a distant but still relevant consideration.

Belk Bowl

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 30

WHERE: Charlotte, North Carolina

TV: ESPN

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. ACC

THE CASE FOR LSU: Maybe the Tigers could get a win in Charlotte where the Saints could not. LSU hasn’t been to this relative SEC newcomer, so there’s no over-saturation issue.

THE CASE AGAINST: Look at a map. Charlotte is nearly 800 miles from Baton Rouge. Geographically, there’s no need to send LSU that far when Tennessee is just over the Smoky Mountains.

Music City Bowl

WHEN: 6 p.m. Dec. 30

WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee

TV: ESPN

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. ACC or Big Ten

THE CASE FOR LSU: LSU could get a Big Ten opponent, a rare matchup for the Tigers under any circumstances. It could be fun to watch ex-Vandy coach James Franklin slink into Nashville with his Penn State team. (He’s not too popular there anymore.)

THE CASE AGAINST: Bowls of this caliber tend to avoid repeat business, and for good reason. From an LSU perspective, any matchup the Tigers could get would pale in comparison to playing Notre Dame there last year. Not happening.

Outback Bowl

WHEN: 11 a.m. Jan. 1

WHERE: Tampa, Florida

TV: ESPN2

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. Big Ten

THE CASE FOR LSU: The much-desired Les Miles-versus-Michigan matchup could slide here if not enough Big Ten teams qualify for CFP games, pushing the Wolverines down a notch.

THE CASE AGAINST: The Tigers went there two years ago and brought few fans, meaning the Outback isn’t likely to lobby for LSU unless it’s for the right matchup.

Citrus Bowl

WHEN: Noon Jan. 1

WHERE: Orlando, Florida

TV: ABC

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. Big Ten

THE CASE FOR LSU: Les Miles versus the Maize and Blue. Given all the attention on Miles, Leonard Fournette and the LSU program, plus the attention on new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, TV ratings should be strong.

THE CASE AGAINST: It would take some doing. Three Big Ten teams probably have to be in CFP bowls, Alabama has to be in the CFP, Ole Miss in the Sugar and the Citrus would have to pass on Florida because it just got hammered by Bama in the SEC title game. Still, all plausible things.

TaxSlayer Bowl

WHEN: 11 a.m. Jan. 2

WHERE: Jacksonville, Florida

TV: ESPN

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. ACC or Big Ten

THE CASE FOR LSU: The Tigers haven’t played in what was known as the Gator Bowl since beating South Carolina in 1987. LSU coming off a win, plus the Fournette drawing card, are big pluses few of the SEC’s glut of eight- and nine-win teams could offer.

THE CASE AGAINST: What kind of team will the SEC send here? Last year it was 6-6 Tennessee, which is in line with what the TaxSlayer usually gets. In the SEC’s new “Pool of Six” dynamic, there’s no history of sending a team with LSU’s record here. But nothing to say it won’t happen.

Liberty Bowl

WHEN: 2:20 p.m. Jan. 2

WHERE: Memphis, Tennessee

TV: ESPN

THE MATCHUP: SEC vs. Big 12

THE CASE FOR LSU: Not as close as the Texas Bowl, but an easy day’s drive for LSU fans who can’t get enough football. No fatigue factor for the Tigers, who haven’t been here since 1978.

THE CASE AGAINST: Even as close as LSU is, Arkansas and Mississippi State make more sense, but not by much. LSU is not likely to lobby for this relatively cold-weather bowl.

NATIONAL LSU BOWL PREDICTIONS

Bill Bender, The Sporting News: Citrus vs. Michigan

CollegeSportsMadness.com: TaxSlayer vs. Penn State

Brad Crawford, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Citrus vs. Michigan

Bryan Fischer, BleacherReport.com: Outback vs. Northwestern

Pete Fiutak, CollegeFootballNews.com: Independence vs. Duke

Jason Kirk, SBNation.com: TaxSlayer vs. Penn State

Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: Texas vs. West Virginia

Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com: Belk vs. Virginia Tech

Brant Parsons, Orlando Sentinel: TaxSlayer vs. Miami

Mark Schlabach, ESPN.com: TaxSlayer vs. Penn State

Christopher Smith, SaturdayDownSouth.com: Citrus vs. Michigan

Phil Steele, PhilSteele.com: TaxSlayer vs. Pittsburgh

THE ADVOCATE’S SEC BOWL PROJECTIONS

College Football Playoff semifinal, Cotton Bowl: Alabama

Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss

Citrus Bowl: Florida

Outback Bowl: Mississippi State

TaxSlayer Bowl: LSU

Texas Bowl: Texas A&M

Music City Bowl: Georgia

Belk Bowl: Tennessee

Liberty Bowl: Arkansas

Birmingham Bowl: Auburn

Independence Bowl: 11th eligible team unavailable