COLLEGE STATION, Texas — LSU’s 23-17 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night pushed the Tigers’ record to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference, enhancing the prospects of a second straight Florida bowl trip.
LSU played in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, last year, and could be heading upstate to the TaxSlayer (formerly Gator) Bowl on Jan. 2 in Jacksonville. The Tigers could also be back in Houston for the second time this season in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Tigers will likely fall in a group of six bowls to which the SEC office will assign teams: the Outback, TaxSlayer, Texas, Liberty, Music City and Belk.
Each school eligible for those bowls will be asked to rank their bowl preference 1-6. The bowls, in turn, will be asked to rank their team preference 1-6. Both will be among the factors the SEC considers for team placement along with matchups and television considerations.
Geographically it appears unlikely LSU would go to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the proximity of several SEC East teams.
Representatives from the Texas, Citrus, Sugar, Independence and Belk bowls were in attendance here Thursday.
Bowl bids will be announced Dec. 7.