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LSU headed to Citrus Bowl again, this time to face Notre Dame

LSU headed to Citrus Bowl again, this time to face Notre Dame

But I feel like the Citrus Bowl still has a lot of clout.

(WWL.com) For the second straight year, LSU is headed to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando and this year they'll play Notre Dame.

Orgeron said he expects Key to play in the Citrus Bowl on January 1, as reported by The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.).

"We had a tremendous time a year ago", Orgeron said.

The Irish qualify as a representative of the Atlantic Coast Conference in their fourth year of an agreement that also involves Notre Dame playing five games per season against ACC opponents (some seasons feature four games, others feature six). "I have the utmost respect for Coach Kelly and his program. It should be a big, physical football game". "But it's a really good change from where we were that we'll be able to build off of this season no matter what happens". "It's going to be a war".

"Matt Canada has done a nice job diversifying", Kelly said. "What stands out is the way they finished". The Irish then proceeded to beat Navy and lose to Stanford to finish their season at 9-3.

It's the first time LSU has gone to the same bowl in consecutive years since the Sugar Bowls following the 1958 and 1959 seasons and the first time the Citrus Bowl has had the same team back since Tennessee went in 1995-96. "With their interest to come here, that made the difference".

On the heels of a 4-8 season in 2016, the Irish started 8-1 this fall and climbed to No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings. "Exactly what a bowl game ought to be", Orgeron said.

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LSU was just at the Citrus Bowl last December 31 and beat No. 13 Louisville, 29-9, to finish 8-4 on the season. This marks the 16th different bowl game in which Notre Dame has participated.

- Notre Dame bowl games garnered record television ratings at the Sugar Bowl (28.8 on NBC in 1973 vs. Alabama), the Hawaii Bowl (3.7 on ESPN in 2008 vs. Hawaii), the Independence Bowl (4.5 on ESPN in 1997 vs. LSU, best since game has been on ESPN/ESPN2 since 1992) and the Pinstripe Bowl (3.2 on ESPN in 2013). "That's all I remember".

Notre Dame (9-3) is ranked No. 14 in the final CFP poll, while LSU (9-3) is No. 17.

Orgeron is very familiar with the Irish - and not just from growing up in Louisiana and watching some of the past LSU battles with them. The unranked Irish almost upset No. 8 Florida State (23-16) in a regular-season meeting in '94, while the No. 25 Seminoles rallied from a 14-3 deficit to slip past the Irish, 18-14, in the '11 Champs Sports Bowl.

"I played these guys maybe 11 times in my career", Orgeron said.

ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights of last year's Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl between LSU, who returns to face Notre Dame in the same game this year, against the Lousiville Cardinals.

"You don't need much motivation from your football team".


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