LSU vs. Notre Dame - 1/1/18 Citrus Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LSU Tigers (9-3) at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3)
College Football: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Camping World Stadium)
The Line: Notre Dame Fighting Irish +3 -- Over/Under: 51.5 See the Latest Odds
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and LSU Tigers meet Monday in the college football Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a shot at double-digit wins for the third time in the last six years and their first bowl victory since 2014. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have split their last eight bowl appearances. Brandon Wimbush is completing 49.8 percent of his passes for 1,818 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wimbush has two or less touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Equanimeous St. Brown and Chase Claypool have combined for 870 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Kevin Stepherson has 19 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 279 yards per contest, and Josh Adams leads the way with 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 21.8 points and 366.7 yards per game. Te'von Coney leads the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 99 tackles, Jerry Tillery has four sacks and Julian Love has three interceptions.
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The LSU Tigers have a chance to win double-digit games for the first time since the 2013 season. The LSU Tigers split their last eight bowl appearances. Danny Etling is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,234 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. Etling has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last five games. DJ Chark and Darrel Williams have combined for 1,138 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Russell Gage has 19 receptions. The LSU Tigers ground game is averaging 210.7 yards per contest, and Derrius Guice leads the way with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, LSU is allowing 18.8 points and 311.7 yards per game. Devin White leads the LSU Tigers with 127 tackles, Greg Gilmore has 6.5 sacks and Andraez Williams has five interceptions.
The Fighting Irish are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in January, 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 19-8-2 in Tigers last 29 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 games overall.
The LSU Tigers have been a completely different team since that loss to Troy, and their only loss since then came against Alabama, a game they were in until the end. Meanwhile, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost pretty much every time they've stepped up in comp this season, and they were dominated on both ends by Miami and Stanford, two of their last three games. The LSU Tigers are one of the best defenses in the country, so they'll keep Notre Dame's ground game in check, and the offensive line should be able to counter that atheltic Notre Dame defensive front. We've seen the Irish struggle time and time again when they play these physical teams that play with an edge. LSU rolls here.