The 2017 Citrus Bowl between LSU and Notre Dame begins at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, January 1, 2018. Find the score and live updates below.
The Citrus Bowl is one of the bowl games following the 2017 season that takes place in the year of 2018. It takes place at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., and the only conference represented will be the Southeastern Conference, as Notre Dame is an FBS Independent.
Citrus Bowl 2017 score: Updates on LSU-Notre Dame
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Date: Monday, Jan. 1
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Citrus Bowl 2017 preview
The 2017 season for LSU has been the best for second-year coach Ed Orgeron. In his first season with the Tigers, Orgeron went 6-2 in the 8 games he coached. As the man in charge of any program he has been at, the most wins he has accumulated has been 6 — with both LSU (2016) and USC (2013).
In 2017, Orgeron has won 9 games and has the chance to win 10 with a game against Notre Dame. The Tigers have lost to Mississippi State by 30 points and Troy by 3 to start its season at 3-2 overall.
From that point on, the team has gone 6-1 with its only loss coming against Alabama. Danny Etling has led at QB, completing over 60 percent of his passes on the season while throwing 14 TD to 2 INT.
Aside from Etling’s efficiency through the air, Derrius Guice has averaged 5.3 yards per carry this season, accumulating 1,153 yards and 11 TD on the ground. Since not playing in the loss to Troy, Guice has received at least 17 carries each game.
Right behind Guice as far as rushing production goes is Darrel Williams. Williams has averaged 5.7 yards per carry on 80 fewer touches, gaining 776 yards and 9 TD.
As LSU’s rushing attack goes, the team goes. In order for the Tigers to defeat the Fighting Irish, both Guice and Williams will need to be effective.
For Notre Dame, the team has gone 9-3, giving coach Brian Kelly a 68-34 record with the Fighting Irish. His bunch started the season at 8-1 overall and were ranked by the College Football Playoff Committee as the No. 3 team in the country at its peak.
After its impressive start, however, Notre Dame lost 2 of its next 3, including a 41-8 defeat to Miami (FL). The Fighting Irish will also be without 3 of its top-4 pass-catchers for the game against the Tigers.
With Kevin Stepherson, Chase Claypool and Alize Mack — 3 of the top-4 receivers — out, QB Brandon Wimbush may have to use his legs more in order to move the chains against LSU’s defense. Wimbush, thankfully for Notre Dame, has the legs to do so.
The 6-foot-1 junior has thrown for 1,818 yards and 16 TD to 6 INT but has also rushed for 765 yards and 14 TD. Ahead of Wimbush in rushing for the Fighting Irish is Josh Adams with 1,386 yards and 9 TD. No other player on the team has more than 368 yards on the ground.
The next 3 leaders in rushing for the team, however, average 5.7, 8.8 and 5.4 yards per carry this season, respectively. Equanimeous St. Brown leads Notre Dame in receiving this year with 468 yards and 4 TD.
For LSU, D.J. Clark has 811 yards receiving and 3 TD. No other Tigers player has more than 327 yards. Whichever team wins the battle on the ground should have the advantage in the football game.