Sugar Bowl may be on line when LSU faces Florida – Houma Courier
By Ross DellengerThe Advocate (Baton Rouge)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jamal Adams didn’t need a reporter to deliver the news.
He already knew that LSU’s chances of playing in the Sugar Bowl, if the Tigers win their final two games, were greatly boosted by Auburn’s loss Saturday at Georgia.
“We definitely see everything,” the junior safety said Saturday night after LSU’s 38-10 win at Arkansas. “Definitely see the Sugar Bowl (stuff).”
LSU fired its head coach and offensive coordinator, its star running back still isn’t fully healthy and the team began 2-2 despite starting 2016 as a preseason top-five squad.
And, still, here the Tigers are: ranked No. 16 in the latest Associated Press poll and arguably in the best position of any Southeastern Conference team to play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
That just makes Saturday’s game against No. 21 Florida that much juicier. There’s plenty of hype to go around.
The Gators (7-2, 5-2) can win the SEC East with a win over LSU (6-3, 4-2) in their noon kickoff Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The Tigers must win to keep their Sugar Bowl hopes alive and continue a resurgence that might just end in the hiring of interim coach Ed Orgeron as the team’s full-time leader.
There’s more, too.
The cross-divisional rivalry picked up steam last month, when Hurricane Matthew’s projected path postponed their meeting scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville. LSU’s administration pushed against attempts from the SEC office and Florida officials to keep the game in Gainesville when rescheduled. Athletic director Joe Alleva and LSU officials refused to play three straight SEC road games in a 13-day stretch or lose a home game during such a trying year for a city hit by historic flooding in August.
The Gators ultimately agreed