LSU Takes On Notre Dame In Music City Bowl – Game Preview
The 23rd-ranked LSU Tigers conclude their 2014 season on Tuesday afternoon, when coach Les Miles’ squad takes on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee.
LSU finished 8-4 overall, and 4-4 in conference play during the regular season, good enough for a fourth-place tie in the SEC West, while Notre Dame, an independent, who lost their final four games, and five of their last six, will head into the match-up with an overall record of 7-5.
Offensively, LSU is averaging 27.6 points, 383.4 total yards, 219.5 rushing yards, and 163.9 passing yards per game, while Notre Dame is averaging 33.0 points, 444.6 yards of total offense, 150.8 rushing yards, and 293.8 passing yards per game.
Defensively, the Tigers are allowing 16.4 points, 305.8 total yards, 143.5 rushing yards, and 206.0 passing yards a contest, while the Irish are giving up 29.2 points, 401.5 total yards, 161.7 rushing yards, and 162.3 passing yards per match-up.
LSU is led by sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings, who has thrown for 1,460 yards and ten touchdowns, along with freshman running back Leonard Fournette, who has accumulated 891 rushing yards, including eight touchdowns, on 176 carries, and sophomore receiver Travin Dural, who has 758 receiving yards, including seven touchdowns.
Notre Dame is paced by senior quarterback Everett Golson, who has thrown for 3,355 yards, with 29 touchdowns, along with sophomore running back Tarean Folston, who has rushed for 831 yards and five touchdowns, and junior receiver Will Fuller, who has 1,037 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
Golson may still play, but Malik Zaire is expected to start at quarterback for the Irish.
LSU, who is 23-21-1 all-time in bowl games, will be playing in a bowl game for a school-record 15th straight year, while making their first-ever appearance in the Music City Bowl.
Notre Dame, who is 16-17 all-time in bowl games, will be playing in their fifth-consecutive trip to a bowl game, while also playing in the Music City Bowl for the first time.
The all-time series is tied, 5-5, between the two schools, with LSU winning the last meeting, 41-14, in the 2007 Sugar Bowl.
Kickoff time at LP Field is set for 2 pm..