So, you think you know LSU’s bowl history.

Let’s find out. You have to be pretty much bleeding purple and gold to get all the questions right below. So get started, and no peaking in your LSU media guide:

1. Which California school is 2-0 against LSU in bowls?


B. Stanford

C. Santa Clara


Answer: C. Yes, Santa Clara is more than just the school that produced Steve Nash. In the 1930s, it had a powerhouse football program that beat LSU in back-to-back Sugar Bowls in 1936 and 1937.

2. Has LSU ever played in a bowl game named after an alcoholic drink?

A. Yes

B. No

C. Sort of

Answer: C. LSU’s first-ever “bowl” appearance was in the 1907 “Bacardi Bowl,” where the Tigers beat Havana 56-0. But the name “Bacardi Bowl” was never an official title, but a moniker given to the game by the sporting press. It was part of Cuba’s year-end Sports Festival and was also sometimes dubbed the “Cigar Bowl” and the “Rhumba Bowl.”

3. Who did LSU beat in a bowl to win the 1958 national title?

A. Clemson

B. Alabama

C. Ole Miss

D. Nobody

Answer: D. We tricked you with this one. The 1958 Tigers went 11-0 and beat Clemson, 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl. But in those days, the final polls were done before the bowl games and the Billy Cannon-led Tigers were declared champions by 37 organizations (including, most important, the wire services AP and UPI) following a regular-season-ending 62-0 rout of Tulane.

4. In what season did LSU win its first national championship decided in a bowl game?

A. 1959

B. 1975

C. 1986

D. 2003

Answer: D. LSU beat Oklahoma 21-14 in the January 2004 Sugar Bowl (and BCS National Championship Game) to win the 2003-04 national championship. Justin Vincent, now the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Tigers, rushed for 177 yards on 16 carries and was the game’s MVP to give the Nick Saban-coached Tigers the title.

5. What’s LSU longest stretch of consecutive seasons appearing in bowl games?

A. 21

B. 11

C. 11

D. 17

Answer: D. LSU will make its 17th consecutive bowl appearance in the Citrus Bowl, starting with a 28-14 win over Georgia Tech in the 2000 Peach Bowl.

6. What LSU coach has the most bowl wins in school history?

A. Nick Saban

B. Les Miles

C. Charlie McClendon

D. Paul Dietzel

Answer: B and C. Miles and McClendon had seven career bowl wins at LSU. “The Hat” went 7-4 in bowl games in his LSU career and “Cholly Mac” went 7-6.

7. What food product has not been represented by a bowl LSU has played in?

A. Steaks

B. Chicken

C. Gator (hey, it tastes like Chicken)

D. Gumbo

Answer: D. Yes, LSU has played in a bowl game sponsored by a steakhouse chain (the Outback Bowl in 2013), fast-food chicken (the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2008 and 2012) and after what is a favorite Cajun appetizer, alligator (Gator Bowl, back before it was the TaxSlayer Bowl, in 1987). As of yet, nobody has come up with a bowl game named for Louisiana’s favorite soup. Give it time.

8. Who was LSU’s Defensive MVP in the January 2008 BCS National Championship Game?

A. Ricky Jean-Francois

B. Curtis Taylor

C. Patrick Peterson

D. Chevis Jackson

Answer: A. Taylor and Jackson both had interceptions in the 38-24 win over Ohio State, but Jean-Francois, whose blocked field goal in the second quarter was a pivotal point in the game, was named the game’s defensive MVP for LSU.

9. What current LSU player set a Texas Bowl record for the longest touchdown run?

A. Leonard Fournette

B. Derrius Guice

C. Brandon Harris

D. D.J. Chark

Answer: D. Chark was an unknown receiver who had never caught a pass when he took a reverse and ran it 79 yards for a touchdown in LSU’s 56-27 win over Texas Tech in last year’s Texas Bowl. He has emerged this year as a reliable receiver, but at the time, his big play had a lot of fans saying, “Who is that guy?

For the record, Fournette was the game’s MVP with 216 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

10. What is LSU’s all-time bowl record?

A. 24-22-1

B. 20-19

C. 33-8

D. 11-32-1

Answer: A. LSU will be playing in its 48th bowl game when it takes on Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. That doesn’t include the Bacardi Bowl, which LSU does not include on its list of bowl games.