1. LSU destroys Purdue in a Bowl win
The LSU Tigers came through in an era where collective disappointment and player opt-outs dilute non-playoff bowl games. In their final statement of the 2022 season, the Bayou Bengals completely dominated the Boilermakers in Orlando.
LSU made some noise in the SEC Championship game but is yet to reach Georgia’s level of competition. Regardless, it was important for the Tigers to end their first season under Brian Kelly with a bowl win. The purple and gold did not disappoint. Despite having a Hall of Fame quarterback on their sideline, Purdue was no match in the Tigers’ 63-7 triumph.
Sophomore receiver Malik Nabers shined, catching nine passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. At quarterback, LSU fans saw a bright future as Garrett Nussmeier relieved Daniels in the 2nd quarter. The freshman gunslinger was 11-for-15 with 173 yards and two touchdowns, including a 75-yard bomb to Nabers.
LSU set multiple bowl records during their route against the Boilermakers. Their 63 points, 594 total yards, and 56-point margin of victory are collegiate bowl game records. The Tigers also set a Citrus Bowl record with nine total touchdowns. But, most importantly, the LSU Tigers finished the season with incredible momentum and expectations for 2023.