Report: LSU headed to Rose Bowl

Nov 30, 2006 - 2:13 PM BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) - Michigan and Notre Dame apparently will not be staging a rematch in the Rose Bowl.

Baton Rouge television station WAFB reported Thursday that fifth-ranked Louisiana State will play in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

Citing information from a member of the Rose Bowl Board who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the CBS affiliate reports the Tigers will oppose either Michigan or Southern California in the game.

LSU, which went 10-2 in the regular season but finished tied for second in the Southeastern Conference West Division, would become the first SEC team to play in the Rose Bowl since Alabama in 1946.

If second-ranked USC beats UCLA on Saturday, it almost certainly would finish second in the Bowl Championship Series standings and play No. 1 Ohio State in the national championship game in Glendale, Arizona on January 8.

A Trojan victory also would relegate third-ranked Michigan to the Rose Bowl, where it was thought the Wolverines might have to once again face No. 12 Notre Dame, a team they crushed, 47-21, in South Bend on September 16. Like LSU, the Fighting Irish are 10-2, but they also were blown out by USC, 44-24, in Los Angeles last weekend.

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