Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Tigers to continue post-season streak

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The last time LSU didn't make it to a bowl game, Vadal Alexander was about to turn 6 years old.

"Tells you how great this program is," said LSU's starting left guard.

Alexander and his teammates will arrive Thursday in Tampa, Fla., site of the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl pitting No. 14 LSU (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) against unranked Iowa (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten).

Thursday's bowl arrival is the 14th in 14 years. The Tigers' active streak of 14 consecutive bowl games is sixth-best in the nation and second-best in the league.

The run is the 14th-longest in college football history, according to mcubed.net.

Along the way, LSU has beaten some of the best in college football, has lost nail-biters and has won blowouts.

Hop on as we take you on a trip through LSU's 14 straight bowl appearances:

Beating the big dogs

Remember how we mentioned LSU had beaten some of college football's best programs?

We weren't lying. The Tigers have toppled Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Miami during this bowl streak. Those three schools account for 20 of the 77 AP national titles.

The Irish (eight titles), Sooners (seven) and Hurricanes (five) are second, third and tied for fourth in AP crowns.

Nick Saban-led LSU beat Oklahoma 21-14 to win the BCS championship following the 2003 season, a controversial matchup. Southern Cal, at 11-1, finished third behind top-ranked Oklahoma (12-1) and LSU (12-1) in the final BCS standings.

The Trojans were left out despite their only loss coming in triple overtime on the road. LSU lost at home to Florida and OU capped its season with a 28-point loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game.

Southern Cal won the AP title that season after beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

In back-to-back seasons, LSU beat Miami and Notre Dame by a combined score of 81-17.

A 41-3 whacking of Miami came in the 2005 Peach Bowl, the last to be played before the name change to the Chick-fil-A.






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