No.17 LSU Returns to Citrus Bowl for Second Straight Year, Tigers Will Face No. 14 Notre Dame
By Space Coast Daily // December 4, 2017
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ABOVE VIDEO: This year’s Citrus Bowl will be the 12th meeting all-time between the Tigers and the Fighting Irish, and the first since Notre Dame’s 31-28 win on a last-second field goal in the 2014 Music City Bowl in Nashville.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA — The No. 17 LSU Tigers (9-3, 6-2 SEC) and No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3) will meet in the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s. Florida Citrus Sports chairman Andy Odenbach and CEO Steve Hogan announced the matchup today on behalf of the organization’s Team Selection Committee.
The 72nd edition of the game will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ABC.
This year’s Citrus Bowl will be the 12th meeting all-time between the Tigers and the Fighting Irish and the first since Notre Dame’s 31-28 win in the 2014 Music City Bowl. Notre Dame has never played in a Citrus Bowl game, however the Fighting Irish did appear in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando in 2011.
The Tigers have played in Orlando four times previously, including a 29-9 win over Louisville in last year’s Citrus Bowl.
The Fighting Irish enter the game with the nation’s No. 7-ranked rushing offense and are led by running back Josh Adams, who has run for 1,386 yards on the season.
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights of last year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl between LSU, who returns to face Notre Dame in the same game this year, against the Lousiville Cardinals. The Tigers won 29-9.
Notre Dame has also seen exceptional play from quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who has racked up 2,583 yards of total offense, including 765 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. A victory would give head coach Brian Kelly his second 10-win season in three years.
LSU, meanwhile, enters the Citrus Bowl having won six of its past seven games and boasts one of the nation’s top defenses, allowing just 311.7 yards and 18.8 points per game.
Offensively, the Tigers are led by reigning Citrus Bowl MVP Derrius Guice, who is just the fifth player in LSU history to rush for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
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