If there is a great deal of football ahead, with the New Orleans Saints headed to the playoffs, for many Louisiana fans the climax of the 2013 college season comes on New Year’s Day, when the LSU Tigers compete in Tampa.
The Tigers are in their 14th straight bowl game, once again against the University of Iowa in the Outback Bowl. The Tigers lost to the Hawkeyes in 2004, the last bowl game of Coach Nick Saban’s career in Baton Rouge.
With the millions of others who follow LSU, we hope that the team can avenge that loss and return with an Outback Bowl trophy. The Hawkeyes are a better team than this season’s 8-4 record would suggest, so it’s not a forgone conclusion.
But it’s already been a great fall for not only LSU fans but for the fans of other Louisiana schools. At the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Ragin’ Cajuns won a close game against the Tulane Green Wave.
It was another big win for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, but it also marked the return of the Tulane team to bowl competition, after a 10-year drought. We can look forward to seeing more of them in the post-season in the future.
Louisiana takes pride in its athletics and a major bowl for the LSU Tigers is just one more red-letter day to open the new year.