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Citrus Bowl preview: Notre Dame vs. LSU

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face the No. 14 LSU Tigers in the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s. The game will kick off at 1 pm on ABC from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Both teams have identical 9-3 records.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Josh Adams rushing the ball against the Navy Midshipmen in November 2017 (Getty Images)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Josh Adams rushing the ball against the Navy Midshipmen in November 2017 (Getty Images)

This is the second game in the State of Florida for both teams this season. The Fighting Irish lost to the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes on November 11th in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The Tigers defeated the Florida Gators, 17-16, on October 7th in Gainesville, Florida.

According to Covers.com, the Fighting Irish have a 51% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Tigers a 67% chance to win this game.

This will be the 12th meeting all-time between the two teams. Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 6-5, including a 31-28 won over the Tigers in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee on December 30th, 2014.

LSU has to go back almost 11-years ago, as the Tigers defeated the Fighting Irish, 41-14, in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 3rd, 2007.

Notre Dame has won three of the last four meetings.

The Fighting Irish are 17-18 all-time in Bowl games. They lost their last Bowl game, as they lost to No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes, 44-28, in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, 2016.

Notre Dame has not won a Bowl game since defeating the Tigers in the aforementioned Music City Bowl win.

This is the Fighting Irish’s first-ever appearance in the Citrus Bowl. They are 5-4 all-time in Bowl games in the State of Florida.

They are 1-2 against the Tigers in Bowl games all-time.

The Tigers are 25-22-1 all-time in Bowl games. They have won their last two Bowl games, defeating the Louisville Cardinals, 29-9, in the Citrus Bowl on December 31st, 2016.

They also defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 56-27, in the Texas Bowl on December 29th, 2015.

They have not lost in a Bowl game since the aforementioned loss to the Fighting Irish in the Music City Bowl on December 30th, 2014.

This is their second straight appearance in the Citrus Bowl. They are 6-5 all-time in Bowl games in the State of Florida.

Notre Dame is averaging 35.3 points per game. LSU is averaging 28.1 points per game.

Fighting Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush has gone 133 of 267 for 1,818 passing yards. He has 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Josh Adams leads the running backs with 191 carries for 1,386 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Equanimeous St. Brown leads the receivers with 31 receptions for 468 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Tigers quarterback Danny Etling has gone 146 of 242 for 2,234 passing yards. He has 14 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Derrius Guice leads the running backs with 216 carries for 1,153 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. D.J. Chark leads the receivers with 35 receptions for 811 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

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