BATON ROUGE -- For the first time ever, the LSU Tigers will be ringing in the new year in Arizona. The announcement coming on Sunday that the Tigers will be heading to the Fiesta Bowl where they will face the undefeated Central Florida Golden Knights on January 1.
It is the first time in program history that the Tigers will play in the Fiesta Bowl and the first time in a New Year's Six bowl since the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2014. This will be the 19th straight season that LSU has made it to a bowl and the 50th time overall.
The bowl announcement comes on the heels of LSU learning that it placed 11th in the final CFP poll, while UCF is ranked 8th after coming from behind to beat Memphis, 56-41, in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on Saturday. With the win, the Golden Knights extended its winning streak to 25 games which is the longest in the nation.
When the two teams meat on New Years Day, it will be the first time that the Tigers take the field since falling to Texas A&M in seven overtimes.
Kickoff for the Fiesta Bowl is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT from Glendale, AZ and will be televised on ESPN.