CITRUS? THEY HARDLY KNOW US!
In two days, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish play the LSU Tigers in the Citrus Bowl. Kicking off the new year is this game that finishes out the 2017 season for both teams. There haven’t been too many times in history that the teams have played each other, but it has been a few times.
Notre Dame vs. LSU: The Series
The Irish and Tigers have faced each other 11 total times beginning in 1970. The Irish lead the overall series 6-5. It has been fairly even overall. Coming up on Monday will be the fourth total time that the teams have met in the postseason in bowls. Including Monday, the last 3 meetings will have been in bowls. A few times since the 1970s the teams have met during the regular season, however.
1997 (2nd Installment): That season, the Irish won the regular season meeting in Baton Rouge. However, we had nothing really going in the Independence Bowl in the season rematch.
However, something funny did happen that game: a textbook tackle from a policeman.
2007: The Sugar Bowl.
Yikes. Yeah, this was just not good. Battle of who would get drafted higher in the draft that coming April. Both JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn were high draft prospects. Russell went #1, but both were duds in the pros. This game was definitely a dud for the Irish.
1998: We won a tight one at home that year. Won the best of 3 that occurred in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
2014: Music City Bowl.
Yours truly was there for it. Not the greatest game, as both teams struggled that year. However, we saw Malik and Everett combined in QB play, the early stages of Leonard Fournette, and Kyle Brindza (the pride of Canton, MI) nail the game winning FG. The most recent game in this series and victory for the Irish.
A game like in 2014 might happen again on Monday, but we shall see.
Go Irish. Beat Tigers.