PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCF fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Tuesday, January 1st
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
LSU (9-3) vs. UCF (13-0) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
– Of course you want to see the novelty act. The Rose Bowl is why you tune in to New Year’s Day college football games, but that’s after this. First, it’s all about whether or not UCF can do it again.
Of course LSU matters. Of course, it’s a big deal to the SEC to not suffer the indignity of losing to UCF two years in row – Auburn lost in last season’s Chick-fil-A Peach – and of course this will be a big deal for Tiger fans after an interesting year. But this is the biggest non-College Football Playoff bowl game because of the team on the other side.
A UCF win means another eight months or more of woofing and trolling about how the program deserves more love and respect – even if its schedule just hasn’t been that great over the last two seasons. A win would make it two straight unbeaten seasons to push the streak to 26 straight.
– LSU wasn’t supposed to be here. The schedule was far, far, far more brutal than what UCF had to deal with – more on that later – and it passed the test with flying colors. The losses? A tight battle at Florida, Alabama, and a seven-overtime game at Texas A&M – all three are more than forgivable, especially considering the rest of the slate.
This is a rock-solid, tough team that doesn’t do anything pretty, but has the lines and the defense to make a statement. But want-to will mean everything. Not to say Auburn wasn’t down after losing the SEC Championship to Georgia and missing out on the College Football Playoff at the end of last season, but … motivation shouldn’t be an issue for LSU.
– Is there going to be any team outside of the CFP that will be more jacked than UCF? There were plenty of parts back from last year’s dream season, but head coach Josh Heupel is new. Scott Frost is gone, and so is QB McKenzie Milton, who’s recovering from a broken leg suffered late in the season. Shaquem Griffin isn’t in this game, and neither is last season’s top receiver, Tre’Quan Smith, or dangerous defensive lineman Jamiyus Pittman. There’s a whole lot more to prove.