When LSU departs Baton Rouge early Tuesday evening for a weeklong trip to Orlando for the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl, the Tigers will look a lot different than the team that traveled to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game earlier in the month.
Between injuries, opt-outs, the transfer portal, etc., fans will get a nice look at a little more than half of the team Brian Kelly will take into battle in his second year at the helm. Until then, the Tigers will once again be short on numbers for the bowl game but in a better position than last year’s Texas Bowl.
Including players who were not initial counters out of high school but were once on scholarship or played prominent roles in 2022, I’ve got LSU at 58 players fans should have heard of during their careers who could be available on January 2. That number could rise to 59 if Derrick Davis Jr., who entered the transfer portal a couple of weeks back, travels with the Tigers, as reported by Wilson Alexander of The Advocate. Obviously, some could be out for unknown reasons, but the Tigers are in a much better position than they found themselves in for last year’s bowl loss to Kansas State.
Kickoff between the Tigers and Boilermakers is slated for Noon CT in Camping World Stadium in Orlando with ABC broadcasting the action.
Below is a look at LSU’s projected depth chart for Monday’s contest, knowing it is subject to and likely to change, along with other non-scholarship players who are available.