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Notre Dame vs. LSU - 1/1/18 College Football 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 +1 -- Over/Under: 49.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC

Down at Camping World Stadium on New Year’s Day, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the LSU Tigers will be meeting up in the Citrus Bowl. 

Notre Dame comes into this one with a 9-3 record overall. The Irish were 8-1 at the beginning of November but lost two of their last three versus Miami and Stanford. In that Cardinal game, Irish QB Brandon Wimbush put up 249 yards, two TDs and two picks. 

Notre Dame vs. LSU - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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This year, Wimbush has 1818 yards with 16 TDs and six INTs, and Josh Adams is the top Notre Dame rusher on 1386 yards and nine TDs from 191 carries. Equanimeous St. Brown leads the Irish in receiving with 468 yards and four scores off 31 catches. 

Over on the LSU side, they’re sitting at 9-3 on the year. The Tigers last fell to Alabama on November 4, and since have beaten Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M. In that last game, LSU QB Danny Etling logged 347 yards with three touchdowns. 

On the season, Etling has bagged 2234 yards with 14 TDs and two picks, and Derris Guice is the leading LSU rusher on 1153 yards and 11 TDs. Tops in receiving for the Tigers is DJ Clark’s 811 yards and three scores from 35 grabs. 

The Irish are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games. Notre Dame is also 0-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four in January. 

Meanwhile, LSU is 5-0 ATS in their last five following a straight-up win and 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven following an ATS win. The Tigers are also 6-0 ATS in their last six overall and the under is 19-8-2 in their last 29 games overall. 

Notre Dame looked strong about a month ago, but a 41-8 loss to Miami and a 38-20 loss to Stanford rattled their proverbial cage a little. As for LSU, they put up just 10 points versus Alabama, but in their last three games have posted at least 30 in each and allowed just 41 points total. I like the LSU offense to keep it cooking here, so I’m taking the Tigers to cover.

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