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Citrus Bowl 2018: College Football Writers Predict Notre Dame vs. LSU Result

About 60 percent believe the Tigers will prevail today.

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NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 30 Music City Bowl - Notre Dame v LSU Photo by Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

The LSU Tigers will capture their 10th win of the season by beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Citrus Bowl today, according to the consensus of college football writers.

One Foot Down collected 70 pre-game predictions from those who cover college football or the Notre Dame and LSU teams specifically. Of those, 41 said LSU would prevail today by an average score of 26 to 21. The 29 who picked the Irish said Notre Dame would prevail by an average score of 27 to 21.

Most of the guesses hewed closely to Vegas’ three point spread. The most popular prediction from those who picked LSU was 24-20, with the most popular prediction from those who picked Notre Dame being 27-24.

Other items that may be of interest:

  • LSU has been the pick of 23 of the 39 writers who made a prediction after news broke Dec. 20 that Kevin Stepherson and C.J. Holmes were suspended indefinitely for allegedly shoplifting. That was also the day that LSU announced defensive end Arden Key would not play in the bowl game.
  • One day prior, The Advocate reported senior linebackers Corey Thompson and Donnie Alexander would also miss the game due to injury. The Bleacher Report’s Ron Goldberg put in a 27-17 prediction for the Irish after Thompson and Alexander were ruled out, but before Stepherson and Holmes were also sidelined.
  • Thirteen writers each picked Notre Dame and LSU since Saturday, when we learned that Deon McIntosh was sent home for a violation of team rules.

Here’s the entire list. What’s your prediction? Leave it in the comments below.

2018 Citrus Bowl Predictions

Writer Publication Winner Loser Winner's Score Loser's Score Confidence Points Date of Prediction Link
Writer Publication Winner Loser Winner's Score Loser's Score Confidence Points Date of Prediction Link
Adam Rittenberg ESPN LSU Notre Dame 28 24 n/a 12/4/17 Link
Bill Bender Sporting News LSU Notre Dame 28 25 n/a 12/7/17 Link
Joseph Zucker Bleacher Report Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a n/a 12/10/17 Link
Steven Lassan Athlon Sports LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 25 12/11/17 Link
Mitch Light Athlon Sports LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 28 12/11/17 Link
Bryan Fischer Athlon Sports Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a 8 12/11/17 Link
Joe Tansey Bleacher Report LSU Notre Dame 31 27 n/a 12/11/17 Link
Andy Staples Sports Illustrated Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a 34 12/13/17 Link
Bruce Feldman Sports Illustrated LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 4 12/13/17 Link
Joan Niesen Sports Illustrated LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 35 12/13/17 Link
Chris Johnson Sports Illustrated LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 19 12/13/17 Link
Eric Single Sports Illustrated LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 34 12/13/17 Link
Molly Geary Sports Illustrated LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 24 12/13/17 Link
Scooby Axson Sports Illustrated LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 5 12/13/17 Link
Matt Brown Sports on Earth Notre Dame LSU 27 23 5 12/13/17 Link
Ed Feng The Power Rank Notre Dame LSU plus 3.3 n/a n/a 12/13/17 Link
Ralph Russo Associated Press LSU Notre Dame 28 20 n/a 12/13/17 Link
Bill Connolly SB Nation Notre Dame LSU 28 26 n/a 12/13/17 Link
FPI ESPN Notre Dame LSU plus 3.7 n/a n/a 12/14/17 Link
Neil Greenberg Washington Post Notre Dame LSU 31 21 n/a 12/14/17 Link
Mark Schlabach ESPN LSU Notre Dame 28 24 n/a 12/15/17 Link
Nicole Auerbach The Athletic Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a 26 12/15/17 Link
Matt Fortuna The Athletic Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a 21 12/15/17 Link
Chantel Jennings The Athletic LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 22 12/15/17 Link
Jason Kersey The Athletic LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 29 12/15/17 Link
Stewart Mandel The Athletic Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a 14 12/15/17 Link
Max Olson The Athletic LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 21 12/15/17 Link
Daniel Uthman The Athletic LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a 16 12/15/17 Link
Chris Vannini The Athletic Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a 6 12/15/17 Link
Joe Boozell NCAA.com LSU Notre Dame 26 22 n/a 12/19/17 Link
Ron Goldberg Bleacher Report Notre Dame LSU 27 17 n/a 12/20/17 Link
Computer Sportsline Notre Dame LSU 23 19 n/a 12/26/17 Link
Dennis Dodd CBS Sports Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a n/a 12/27/17 Link
Jerry Palm CBS Sports LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a n/a 12/27/17 Link
Tom Fornelli CBS Sports Notre Dame LSU n/a n/a n/a 12/27/17 Link
Chip Patterson CBS Sports LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a n/a 12/27/17 Link
Barrett Sallee CBS Sports LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a n/a 12/27/17 Link
Ben Kercheval CBS Sports LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a n/a 12/27/17 Link
Barton Simmons CBS Sports LSU Notre Dame n/a n/a n/a 12/27/17 Link
Michael Owens UHND.com LSU Notre Dame 27 17 n/a 12/27/17 Link
Computer OddsShark.com LSU Notre Dame 32 30 n/a 12/27/17 Link
Jon Kinne Athlon Sports LSU Notre Dame 24 21 n/a 12/28/17 Link
Computer TeamRankings.com LSU Notre Dame 27 25 n/a 12/29/17 Link
Computer numberFire LSU Notre Dame 26 25 n/a 12/29/17 Link
Glenn Guilbeau USA Today LSU Notre Dame 27 13 n/a 12/30/17 Link
Pete Sampson Irish Illustrated LSU Notre Dame 26 23 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Tim O'Malley Irish Illustrated Notre Dame LSU 27 24 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Jack Freeman Irish Illustrated LSU Notre Dame 24 20 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Tom Loy Irish Illustrated Notre Dame LSU 34 24 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Kevin Sinclair Irish Illustrated LSU Notre Dame 27 14 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Len Clark Irish Illustrated Notre Dame LSU 37 17 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Greg Flammang UHND.com LSU Notre Dame 24 20 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Lou Somogyi Blue & Gold Illustrated Notre Dame LSU 28 24 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Bryan Driskell Blue & Gold Illustrated Notre Dame LSU 34 16 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Corey Bodden Blue & Gold Illustrated Notre Dame LSU 28 27 n/a 12/31/17 Link
David McKinney Blue & Gold Illustrated Notre Dame LSU 27 24 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Sam Spiegelman SEC Country LSU Notre Dame 24 23 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Carter Bryant SEC Country LSU Notre Dame 26 20 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Nick Suss SEC Country LSU Notre Dame 17 13 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Alex Hickey SEC Country Notre Dame LSU 20 17 n/a 12/31/17 Link
LaMond Pope Chicago Tribune LSU Notre Dame 27 24 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Chase Eyrich Slap the Sign Notre Dame LSU 31 24 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Andrew Hall Slap the Sign Notre Dame LSU 23 21 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Mike Goodpaster The Grueling Truth LSU Notre Dame 27 17 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Bryan Lazare TigerBait.com LSU Notre Dame 27 23 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Scott Rabalais The Advocate LSU Notre Dame 21 20 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Ross Dellenger The Advocate Notre Dame LSU 21 16 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Sheldon Mickles The Advocate Notre Dame LSU 24 20 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Jacob Wilson Death Valley Voice Notre Dame LSU 23 20 n/a 12/31/17 Link
Douglas Farmer NBC Sports LSU Notre Dame 24 20 23 1/1/18 Link