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Tigers report: Inside slant

 
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While LSU and the SEC weave through the bowl process and wait on the outcome of the SEC championship game between Auburn and Tennessee, the Tigers have their own work to do to get ready for a bowl.

At this point it appears the Tigers could end up in either the Capital One Bowl against Iowa or the Cotton Bowl, probably against Texas.

"When it comes to the bowl games, we're gonna get to play probably a top-10 team or close to it at whatever bowl game we go to," Saban said. "I think the key is that we want to go show a national audience what kind of football we play in the SEC, what kind of football we play at LSU.

"So regardless of which venue it is, that's the way we should look at it for now. Because we're gonna play a very good team in either case. And we're gonna go to a very good bowl game in either case."

While the Capital One or the Cotton barely compare to last year's postseason when LSU won a share of the national championship in the Sugar Bowl, the 12th-ranked Tigers (9-2) still have a lot to be excited about.

What Iowa, Texas or some other possible opponent will see is a team that played its best football late in the season, especially in a 43-14 victory against Arkansas in Little Rock on Nov. 26.

"We actually became a team later in the season than you would like to have," Saban said. "I never felt like this team played up to its physical full potential because of a lot of mental factors: maturity, leadership, togetherness, chemistry. But I think, as the season went on, that actually got better.

"I think this team underachieved at times, early in the year, and was very inconsistent. Then it actually got more consistent later on, as we gained a little maturity, as people were more willing to change their roles in terms of leadership."

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