The Tigers won the Citrus Bowl last year on New Year’s Eve with a 29-9 win over Louisville. It was the third time LSU had won the game, with its other victory coming in 1979 over Wake Forest. LSU is 3-2 all time in the game with losses to Iowa in 2004 and Penn State in 2009.
Notre Dame will make its first Citrus Bowl appearance.
The Fighting Irish hold a 6-5 lead in the all-time series against the Tigers, while LSU leads 2-1 in bowl games. The two storied programs last met in the 2014 Music City Bowl, in which Notre Dame prevailed, 31-28. The Tigers beat the Irish, 41-14, in the 2007 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and 1997 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The No. 17 Tigers (9-3) enter the bowl game on a three-game win streak after falling at then No. 1 Alabama. The No. 14 Irish (9-3), however, have stumbled into the postseason by dropping two of their last three games, with both losses on the road.
Ed Orgeron has led LSU to its 17th consecutive bowl appearance in his first season since taking over for Les Miles. LSU is on a two-game bowl win streak and has won three of its last four, with its lone loss to Notre Dame in 2014.
The Irish have rebounded from a dismal 4-8 record in 2016 that saw Brian Kelly miss a bowl game for the first time in his tenure at South Bend. Notre Dame is 3-3 in the postseason with Kelly at the helm, including a loss in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
Citrus Bowl game day
Game: Notre Dame vs. LSU
When: 1 p.m. ET, Monday, Jan. 1
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
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