BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 03: Kristian Fulton #22 of the LSU Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)For the second straight year, UCF finished undefeated and was left out of the College Football Playoff field. For the second straight year, the Knights will take on an SEC team as a consolation prize.ESPN just announced that UCF, without the services of McKenzie Milton, will take on SEC juggernaut LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.UCF finished with a 12-0 record and defeated Memphis to win the AAC title on Saturday. LSU has a 9-3 record and losses to Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M.It remains to be seen if UCF will claim another national title with a victory.IT’S OFFICIAL: @LSUFootball and @UCF_Football are heading to the 2018 @PlayStation #FiestaBowl! ?☀️Get your tickets NOW: https://t.co/ptP1p2bwSU#GeauxTigers | #ChargeOn | #GreatnessAwaits pic.twitter.com/ErEehxOCHG— Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 2, 2018The game is slated to take place on New Year’s Day at Noon CT.UCF, after another stellar season, finished No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. LSU finished No. 11.The rest of the New Year’s Six games are being announced on ESPN as we speak.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Though he has yet to be formally named the starter by Ryan Day, Justin Fields is widely expected to play most of the season at quarterback for Ohio State. One ESPN analyst had a comment today on Fields that should be especially exciting for Buckeyes fans.Taking to Twitter on Sunday, ESPN analyst Ryan Clark recalled seeing Fields and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at The Opening several years ago. He said that he felt Fields was the best he’d ever seen for a player his age.When I saw Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence at @TheOpening 3 summers ago I knew they’d both be stars. Honestly, Fields was the best I’d ever seen at that age. So, to watch where his journey has gone these last 2 years is just crazy to me.Clark is no Ohio State homer, so you don’t exactly need to take his statement with a grain of salt. Considering how good Trevor Lawrence was as a freshman, even being in the same paragraph as him has got to be pretty reassuring.Fields transferred to Ohio State in the offseason after riding the bench for Georgia as a freshman.When I saw Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence at @TheOpening 3 summers ago I knew they’d both be stars. Honestly, Fields was the best I’d ever seen at that age. So, to watch where his journey has gone these last 2 years is just crazy to me.— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) August 18, 2019As a prospect in 2018, Fields was the No. 2 overall recruit in the country per 247Sports. He was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 8 prospect on the site’s all-time rankings.But despite his big move to Columbus, he has huge shoes to fill. If named the starter, he’ll be taking over for Dwayne Haskins following a record-breaking year at quarterback. His strong season culminated in a historic blowout win over Michigan, a Big Ten title, and a Rose Bowl win.Suffice it to say, being about as good as or better than Trevor Lawrence may be Fields’ best chance of leading the Buckeyes closer to a national title.