Notre Dame in Upset Mode Against LSU at Citrus Bowl

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 5:15 PM GMT

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 5:15 PM GMT

Notre Dame and LSU are each looking for a 10 th win on the season in the Citrus Bowl where the Tigers are 3 point favorites on the college football odds.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs LSU Tigers

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Free College Football Pick: Notre Dame +3 (+100)Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Most of the New Year’s Day attention is on the Sugar and Rose Bowls since those two matchups will determine the finalists for the CFP National Championship. Three lead-in games to those contests are also worthy of our focus, including a Citrus Bowl battle between a couple of stalwart programs as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the LSU Tigers.

One of two bowl games to take place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, ABC has the 1 PM (ET) boot on what promises to be one of the most exciting Mondays in college football history. Bookmaker is selling the Tigers -3 with signs that could move to -3½. Scoreboard punters have to decide high or low for a 51½ point total.

Bayou Bengals Cover Last 6 Contests

Though the Fighting Irish are happy to return to the postseason following a one-year absence, they are a little disappointed not to make the playoffs after things looked so promising in early-November. Late lopsided losses on the road at Miami and Stanford spoiled those plans, however, those defeats done in by turnovers as Notre Dame gave it away seven times compared to eight combined in the other 10 contests. Josh Adams fueled a running game that ranked seventh in the country, the junior rushing for nearly 1,400 yards.

Louisiana State will counter with one of the nation’s better run defenses as the Tigers head to their 18th consecutive bowl, and 2nd-straight Citrus appearance. Whereas the Irish faded late, LSU overcame a slow start that included an upset loss at home to Troy by winning six of the final seven games, the only defeat to Alabama. The Tigers also covered the NCAA football odds in their last six after starting 1-5 against the spread, three of those falling short of totals.

Series History, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

It’s been a pretty even series since the Irish and Tigers first played a 3-0 snoozer in 1970 when Ol’ Charlie McClendon and Ara Parseghian were running the programs. Notre Dame holds a 6-5 advantage overall with this matchup their fourth bowl encounter. Nashville and the 2014 Music City Bowl was the most recent collision, the Fighting Irish walking away with a 31-28 win on a field goal as time expired in a game that featured LSU freshman Leonard Fournette rushing for 148 yards on 11 carries. Notre Dame was an 8½ point underdog, stopping a string of 3-straight covers for the favorite.

I’m a little concerned about LSU being a bit thin at linebacker with both Donnie Alexander and Corey Thompson not available in this game, and that tips my free college football pick to the Irish plus the points.

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