Bowl Projections: Ed Orgeron vs Steve Sarkisian in a Texas sized showdown

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How about this for a bowl game storyline, the LSU Tigers battle the Texas Longhorns in the postseason. Their 2020 game was wiped off the schedule due to the SEC’s conference-only schedule during the pandemic. Essentially getting to play that game one year later?

How about this for another storyline. Ed Orgeron against the man who took the USC job over him after being named the interim coach for the Trojans to finish out the 2013 season? That is how Kyle Bonagura sees the bowl season going with Orgeron’s team taking on Steve Sarkisian and Texas.

As USC begins its search for a new head coach, the idea of seeing Ed Orgeron (LSU) and Steve Sarkisian (Texas) on opposite sidelines would be appealing. Considering what both coaches have been through since, it’s hard to believe it was only seven years ago when USC passed over Orgeron to hire Sarkisian as Lane Kiffin’s replacement.

While the matchup itself would be highly entertaining, it would also be a preview of future matchups between the Bayou Bengals and the Burnt Orange when the Horns join the SEC in the coming years. Mark Schlabach has it a bit different with TCU facing LSU in Houston for the Texas Bowl instead.

Not near the level of an epic showdown with the Horned Frogs taking on the Tigers, but the schools do have history. TCU and LSU have met on the football field nine times, after going 0-2-1 in the first three, LSU has won six straight. The last bowl game came in 1936 in the Sugar Bowl, the Frogs won a thrilling 3-2 game.