SI.com reported earlier today that the Rose Bowl is going to select LSU to face off against Michigan or USC should the Trojans lose to rival UCLA this weekend and not play in the national title game. The SI.com report stated…
“LSU is heading to the Rose Bowl, according to Baton Rouge television station WAFB. Citing a member of the Rose Bowl board who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the station said No. 5 LSU will play either No. 2 USC or No. 3 Michigan on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.” (LINK)
Should the Rose Bowl indeed select LSU, the Sugar Bowl would most likely jump at the chance to pick the Irish. The Sugar Bowl returns to New Orleans this year with the way Notre Dame fans travel, having the Irish in the Sugar Bowl makes a lot of sense.
The Irish would face the winner of the SEC Championship game between Arkansas and Florida this weekend. Most Notre Dame fans would love to face the Urban Meyer led Gators after Meyer spurred the Irish two years ago for the Gators. Personally, I’d rather face the Gators so the Notre Dame defense, which has sprung some leaks again this year won’t have to stop Darren McFadden who has been impressive over the last couple months.
The CEO of the Tournament of Roses was quick to respond to the report…
“But Mitch Dorger, CEO of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses (the Rose Bowl’s organizing committee) said WAFB is jumping the gun.
“They are prematurely reporting that,” Dorger told The Advocate.”
However, as they say, where there is smoke, there is fire…
One thing to consider, however, is that there is still some speculation that Michigan is not a lock for the Rose Bowl. As Eric Hansen wrote for the South Bend Tribune today..
“”One of the other things you have to think about is Michigan will be here potentially for the third time in four years. So breeding enthusiasm in Michigan has got to be a big consideration. You can fill in the blanks.”(LINK)
Still, odds are the Irish land in the Sugar Bowl against the Florida/Arkansas winner.