Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

LSU vs. Notre Dame Football

LSU vs. Notre Dame Football

The Irish started the year at 8-1 but lost two of their last three games to finish the regular season at 9-3.

Notre Dame held LSU on the ensuing possession to wrap up the win, its 10th victory of the season. The junior has seven 100-yard games, including two where he went over 200 yards.

Then came a jaw-dropping play that gave Notre Dame its first January bowl win since the 1994 Cotton Bowl.

I asked Brian Kelly on Sunday in his final media availability before the game, how important it was to win this game and get that "stigma" off his program's back.

Notre Dame and LSU appear to be playing a game of "How many players can we lose before the game?"

Another interesting storyline centers around LSU's offensive coordinator.

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Notre Dame will be short yet another player for Monday's Citrus Bowl against LSU. Wide receiver Myles Boykin led the Irish with three receptions, 102 yards, and one touchdown.

Notre Dame and LSU's seasons followed contrasting paths.

In 2016, LSU defeated Louisville 29-9 and held Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson in check. For the Tigers, the start of the season was one to forget, with losses to Mississippi State and to Troy in their homecoming game, but were able to turn their season around.

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush had an inconsistent year and rough end. The Junior is a big play threat averaging, 7.3 yards per carry, with several 70 plus yard runs on the season.

Mike Elko arrived at Notre Dame prepared to unleash a whirlwind of change. If the Irish can get back to their winning ways and run the ball behind the best offensive line in the country, they'll be in a great spot.

Later in the day at the Notre Dame Citrus Bowl pep rally, Kelly told fans good things are on the way for ND football. LSU will be without three defensive starters, however: edge rusher Arden Key and linebackers Corey Thompson and Donnie Alexander. This is LSU's second consecutive trip to the Citrus Bowl and a performance like last year's would get the job done. I think most Notre Dame fans would be pleased with 10 wins, especially after going 4-8 previous year.

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