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The 2012 Sugar Bowl will be played on Jan. 3, 2012, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
It hosts the matchup between the SEC champion, unless selected to play in the national championship, and an at-large team from any other conference.
LSU: The No. 2 LSU Tigers have a team that can compete for the national championship. The only reason they are not going to is that there’s a better team in the SEC West.
Les Miles’ squad ended Oregon’s national championship ambitions with a crushing 40-27 victory in their season opener. The Tigers defensive line held the Ducks’ Heisman candidate LaMichael James to only 54 rushing yards.
Even more impressive is the performance of former backup quarterback, Jarrett Lee, who many people thought would be a liability.
Instead, he proved in the first three games that he is a reliable passer who can lead his team down the field. It would mark LSU’s return to a BCS bowl game for the first time since they won the national championship game in 2008.
Boise State: What can you say about No.4 Boise State? The team is year after year in the hunt for a spot in the national championship game.Their problem is the problem (or fascination?) of college football; they play in a non-BCS conference.
The Boise State Broncos are part of the Mountain West Conference, and therefore, struggle to earn recognition and respect.
Yes, their conference schedule is weak, but that’s not Boise’s fault, and they try to bump up their schedule by playing ranked non-conference opponents. See their season-opening win against then No.19 Georgia.
Broncos head coach Chris Peterson has done a tremendous job since his arrival at Boise State, posting a stunning 63-5 record since 2006.
Oh yeah, and the Broncos have, with Kellen Moore, one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football.