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Orlandeaux! LSU to Play Penn St. in Capital One Bowl

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
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Orlandeaux! LSU to Play Penn St. in Capital One Bowl

BATON ROUGE ? The 13th-ranked LSU football team will usher in the New Year in Orlando as the Tigers will face Penn State in the Capital One Bowl, officials from the bowl game announced on Sunday.

The Capital One Bowl will be held on Friday, Jan. 1 at Florida Citrus Stadium in Orlando. The game will kickoff at noon CST and will be televised nationally by ABC.  

“We are excited about being invited to participate in the Capital One Bowl,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. “The Capital One Bowl is one of the great bowl games in college football and we are thrilled with the opportunity to represent the SEC against a top team from the Big 10.

“Orlando is one of America’s great vacation destinations. I think this is a bowl trip that will be a lot of fun for our fans and one that will give a great deal of exposure to the University and the LSU football program.”

LSU will face Penn State for only the second time in school history. Penn State, behind Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti, beat the Tigers, 16-9, in the Orange Bowl following the 1973 season in the only meeting between the teams.

The appearance will be LSU’s third in the Capital One Bowl and the first since dropping a last-second 30-25 decision to Iowa in the 2005 game. LSU also took part in the 1979 Capital One Bowl (then called the Tangerine Bowl), beating Wake Forest, 34-10.

This year’s LSU team brings a 9-3 overall mark into the contest as the Tigers finished second in the SEC Western Division with a 5-3 league record. LSU, which has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation this year, has been ranked in the top 25 all year.

LSU will be making its 41st appearance in a bowl game, including its 10th straight. The 41 bowl appearances rank ninth all-time, while the current 10-game bowl streak is the nation’s ninth-longest streak.

LSU coach Les Miles has guided the Tigers to five consecutive bowl games, two of which were BCS bowls. LSU is 4-0 under Miles is bowl games and the Tigers have outscored their opponents 157-44 in those games. LSU captured the 2007 national championship with a 38-24 win over top-ranked Ohio State in the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans.

“I know our players wanted to play in the best bowl, against a quality opponent in the greatest bowl destination and Orlando was the pick,” Miles said. “Anytime the Big Ten and the SEC get together it is an exciting game. We are looking very forward to getting to Orlando and preparing.”

Last year, LSU capped its season with a 38-3 win over Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. LSU beat Miami, 40-3, in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Bowl and then followed that a year later with a 41-14 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

Bowl Championship Series Rankings
Dec. 6, 2009

RK, Team, Prev, BCS Avg.
1. Alabama, 2, .998
2. Texas, 3, .943
3. Cincinnati, 5, .888
4. TCU, 4, .884
5. Florida, 1, .864
6. Boise State, 6, .811
7. Oregon, 7, .757
8. Ohio State, 8, .657
9. Georgia Tech, 10, .649
10. Iowa, 9, .618
11. Virginia Tech, 12, .568
12. LSU, 13, .537
13. Penn State, 11, .532
14. Brigham Young, 14, .453
15. Miami (FL), 17, .442
16. West Virginia, 23, .336
17. Pittsburgh, 15, .314
18. Oregon State, 16, .288
19. Oklahoma State, 20, .263
20. Arizona, 0, .225
21. Stanford, 24, .18
22. Nebraska, 22, .165
23. Utah, 25, .124
24. USC, 18, .121
25. Wisconsin, 0, .12