LSU vs Notre Dame Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s

LSU vs Notre Dame Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton's

LSU vs Notre Dame Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s

The 17th-ranked LSU Tigers will look to extend their winning ways to close out their regular season while the 14th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to end on a positive note after struggling late to see their playoff hopes vanish. The two nationally-ranked nine-win teams will square off in the 2017 Citrus Bowl on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET.

LSU Tigers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s

LSU Tigers (9-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3)
When: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: Camping World Stadium
TV: ABC
NCAAF Odds: LSU -3
Total: 43

Notre Dame lost two of its final three games and comes into the Citrus Bowl off an embarrassing 38-20 blowout loss against Stanford in their regular season finale on Nov. 25. The Irish average a fine, 35.3 points per game (22nd) while allowing just 21.8 points per game defensively (32nd). Quarterback Brandon Wimbush passed for 1,818 yards with 16 TD passes and six interceptions while running back Josh Adams rushed for a stellar 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns.

LSU won three straight games and six of seven to close out the regular season and come into the Citrus Bowl off a 45-21 win over Texas A&M in their regular season finale on Nov. 25. The Tigers average a modest 28.1 points per game (72nd) but limit the opposition to just 18.8 points per game defensively (16th). Quarterback Danny Etling passed for 2,234 yards with 14 TDs and just two interceptions, while Heisman preseason contender Derris Guice rushed for 1,153 yards and 11 scores.

I really liked the season that Notre Dame had this year, but I can’t get past their pair of horrific losses against Miami (41-8) and the aforementioned loss against Stanford.

However, LSU took a couple of ugly losses this season as well in falling to Troy and Mississippi State first and foremost and I think Notre Dame’s dual-threat abilities of quarterback Brandon Wimbush are going to give the Tigers some legitimate trouble in this contest.

I know that Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games while LSU has gone 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win and 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven following an ATS win, but I’m going with the 53 percent of public bettors that like the Irish and you should too!

Pick: Notre Dame +3