Nov 25, 2017; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush (7) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium.

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Tigers, Irish set for marquee clash in Citrus Bowl

LSU will face Notre Dame in a bowl game for the second time in four years

Deke Bellavia
December 07, 2017 - 1:39 am

Going into the final week of the college football seasib the bowl projections looked very interesting for the LSU Tigers.  Many of the national analysts had LSU facing some top tier programs like Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Michigan or Notre Dame.

Those teams certainly get the juices pumping and bring a certain amount of clout with them to any bowl game.  For the second time in four years the Tigers will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

These two clashed in Nashville at the 2014 Music City Bowl and now Notre Dame and LSU will meet up once again this time down in South Florida at the 2018 Citrus Bowl.  LSU lost an entertaining game to the Irish falling to Notre Dame 31-28.

LSU is looking to win their third straight bowl game coming off back to back bowl wins in the Texas and Citrus Bowls in each of the last two post seasons.  New Year’s Day 2018 will mark the 12th time the Tigers and Irish will face each other on the gridiron. 

Notre Dame leads the series with the Tigers winning six of the previous 11 meetings.  I mean let’s call it like it is; LSU has a notable football program and when other fan bases see the Tigers name on their schedule they do get fired up.

Hey, I don’t make the rules, but we are talking about Notre Dame here.  When Notre Dame is on the docket then that is about as big as it gets.  I fully expect the N.D. versus LSU Game to be billed as the best bowl game outside of the New Year’s Six bowl games.  And honestly after looking over this year’s bowl schedule I have the Tigers and Irish tilt as tied for the 3rd best bowl match-up.

I have the two national semi-final games that feature Oklahoma taking on Georgia and Alabama and Clemson ahead of the Tigers and Irish Game.  AS I see things I’ve got the LSU and Notre Dame Game tied with the Ohio State versus USC match-up as the 3rd best bowl game this post season.

The Irish and Tigers both overcame some adversity throughout the 2017 season.  Although the timing of each team’s internal issues was different both the Irish and Tigers went on a roll during the season to rise among the nation’s better teams. 

Notre Dame began the season 1-1 after two games including a one-point home loss to the playoff bound Georgia Bulldogs.  After that crucial point very early in their season, the Irish would go on a seven game win streak to be ranked among the nation’s top teams.

However the Irish would falter some down the stretch of the season losing badly in two of their final three games.  Notre Dame was soundly beaten at the hands of Miami 41-8 and then two weeks later the Irish fell by 18 losing 38-20 at Stanford.

Meanwhile over in Baton Rouge, the Tigers had a rough start to their 2017 season as well.  LSU found themselves looking in the mirror, asking "where do we go from here" after starting the season 3-2 overall with an embarrassing home loss to Troy 24-21.

The Tigers would rally among themselves to win six of the last seven games with their only loss to playoff power and SEC West foe Alabama.  Both teams have a lot of underclassmen on their rosters.  And the winner of this game should get a big boost going into the spring season.

I am looking forward to this clash of Tigers and Irish and when it is all said and done I feel like this will have been one of the better bowl games played.  Just like it was the last time they played each other.  With Tigers Fans of course wanting a different outcome! 


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