Notre Dame Vs LSU Music City Bowl Odds, Predictions & TV ScheduleNoah Williams
Two storied football programs will square off for the 11th time on Dec. 30 as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face LSU Tigers for this year’s Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Notre Dame started the season hot, winning their first six games, before their fateful game against the Florida State Seminoles where they lost 31-27. From there the mighty Irish melted and their season got away from them as they went on to lose four of their last five games to finish 7-5, after being ranked in the top five nationally heading into the FSU game.
The LSU Tigers roller coaster season, starting 4-2 before winning three straight impressively and then losing two straight and closing out the season by beating the Aggies.
This will be the first time these two teams meet for the first time since the 2007 Sugar Bowl. Three of their previous 11 meetings have come in bowl games. LSU is 5-5 overall against the Irish, but 2-0 in bowl games. In the last meeting between the teams, LSU won the Sugar Bowl by a score of 41-14.
With each school having won five games against the other. Who will break the deadlock in Nashville?
Analyzing The Notre Dame Vs LSU Music City Bowl Odds & Predictions
Music City Bowl
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs LSU Tigers
Date: Dec. 30, 2014
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Stadium: LP Field
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Notre Dame Vs LSU
Point Spread: Tigers -7
Game Total: 52
Notre Dame will win the Music City Bowl if
They play some damn defense…and stop turning the ball over!
Notre Dame got off to a great 6-0 start this season – before the wheels fell completely off of their defense!
The fighting Irish gave up 29.3 points per game during the regular season, but that figured jumped to a discouraging 41.3 points per game over their final six regular season contests, five of which they lost.
It Notre Dame wants to win the 2014 Music City Bowl, then they are going to have to score some points and stop turning the ball over.
Starting quarterback Everett Golson had a whopping 22 turnovers on the season, including 10 interceptions and lost three fumbles in the final half-dozen games. The athletically-gifted signal-caller was replaced by backup Malik Zaire in Notre Dame’s 49-14 loss at USC in their regular season finale. Both quarterbacks are set to play against an LSU defense that ranked third in the nation in points allowed (16.4 ppg).
"I think both of them have different traits and we need to find a way to win the game,” head coach Brian Kelly told reporters, “and I think both of them can help us win.”
Louisiana State will win the Music City Bowl if
They can score at least 30 points!
LSU had faint national championship hopes before losing two straight late in the season against Alabama and Arkansas in November, mostly because they couldn’t score the ball.
The Tigers fought valiantly in their heartbreaking 20-17 overtime loss against the top-ranked Crimson Tide, but then they unfurled a real stinker in their 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas.
LSU averaged a paltry 10.15 points per game in going 2-2 over their final four games, so scoring some points is a must for the Tigers coming into this contest. The good news for LSU is the fact that heralded freshman running back Leonard Fournette has really started to look like the star player he was expected to be, even as a true freshman. The bruising, but nimble Fournette ran for a season-high 146 yards and one score in the Tigers’ 23-17 regular season finale at Texas A&M.
Who will win the Music City Bowl?
Seeing how Notre Dames has fallen apart, I just can’t justify anyone putting one ounce of faith in the struggling Irish. Sure, LSU has its own share of problems, but the Tigers still have an elite defense while Notre Dames has huge problems on both sides of the ball. I like LSU’s outstanding defense to get the job done in this one!
- Notre Dame is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- LSU is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 game
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LSU’s last 5 games
My Music City Bowl Pick: LSU -7 Points