FLORIDA FINALE: LSU vs Purdue Special Preview
ORLANDO, Fla. (WAFB) - The LSU Tigers (9-4) are gearing up to face the Purdue Boilermakers (8-5) in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 2.
Before the game, Jacques Doucet took a look back at some of the highlights of the season and the Tigers’ history in this bowl game.
His special preview aired on Friday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m.
The team arrived in Orlando on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
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Kickoff for the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl is at noon and it can be seen on ABC.
Information provided by LSU Athletics:
LSU, champions of the SEC Western Division, enters the game ranked No. 15 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, No. 16 in the AP Poll, and No. 17 in the CFP Rankings. The Tigers are coming off a 50-30 loss to No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 3 in Atlanta.
Purdue, winners of the Big Ten Western Division, is coming off a 43-22 loss to Michigan in the Big Ten Championship Game. It will mark the first meeting between LSU and Purdue in football. Coach Kelly is 6-0 all-time against Purdue with all six victories coming as head coach at Notre Dame.
LSU will be making its 54th bowl game appearance and its sixth in the Citrus Bowl. The Tigers are 28-24-1 all-time in bowl game/playoff appearances.
LSU is 2-3 all-time in the Citrus Bowl with its most recent appearance coming on Jan. 1, 2018, when the Tigers dropped to a 21-17 decision to Notre Dame (coached by Brian Kelly). LSU will be after the 17th 10-win season in school history and the first since going 15-0 during the national championship in 2019.
LSU goes into the game riding the arm and legs of QB Jayden Daniels. Daniels has accounted for 3,592 yards of total offense (818 rushing, 2,774 passing) and 27 TDs (11 rushing, 156 passing). His 3,592 yards of total offense rank No. 2 in LSU history behind only Joe Burrow (6,093 in 2019).
Defensively, true freshman LB Harold Perkins leads the Tigers in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.5), while senior LB Micah Baskerville (84 tackles) and sophomore LB Greg Penn (72) lead the team in tackles.
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