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LSU and Notre Dame played in the Music City Bowl in 2014.

Are LSU fans excited to see Notre Dame again in Citrus Bowl?

Nick Suss

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Ol’ Notre Dame

For the second time in four years, LSU will face Notre Dame in the postseason.

No. 17 LSU accepted a bid to play in the 2018 Citrus Bowl against No. 14 Notre Dame on Sunday. If this feels familiar, it’s because it is. LSU played in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Eve 2016 against Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and Louisville. And the Tigers faced off against Notre Dame in the 2014 Music City Bowl, the bowl game this class of LSU seniors played in as freshmen.

It’s easy not to be excited about this draw. It’s all so familiar. The city feels played out. The opponent feels played out. It’s another year of New Year’s in Florida. Been there, done that.

But there’s also reason to be excited. Notre Dame presents a challenge unlike the ones LSU has faced this year. The Irish’s run-first offensive philosophy fits somewhere in between Alabama’s and Auburn’s, creating a new type of matchup fans haven’t seen this season. And there’s a certain level of cache that comes with playing Notre Dame. I mean, it’s the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Love them or hate them, you probably hate them.

Outside of the New Year’s Six games, this is the most compelling bowl matchup. Heck, it’s probably more compelling than the Peach Bowl and maybe the Orange Bowl. But it’s understandable if you’re not as excited as you could be because it’s so familiar, which leads us back to an old standard in the Bayou Bengal Briefing.

Your weekly LSU football poll question

It’s been a while since I’ve had you vote on something in the Bayou Bengal Briefing, so let’s get interactive, shall we? How excited are you for LSU’s bowl game against Notre Dame? Vote in the poll below. We’ll discuss your answers in the Bayou Bengal Briefing on Tuesday.

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The 5 Ws

Looking for extra information about LSU-Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl. Here are the answers to who, what, when, where and why about the game:

Who: No. 14 Notre Dame (9-3) versus No. 17 LSU (9-3, 6-2 SEC)

What: The 2018 Citrus Bowl

When: Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. CT

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

Why: The Citrus Bowl invites the top-ranked team from the SEC that didn’t qualify for a New Year’s Six game and the top-ranked ACC, Big 10 or independent team to face each other. With Georgia, Alabama and Auburn all playing in the New Year’s Six, No. 17 LSU was the best SEC option. With Clemson, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Miami all headed to the New Year’s Six, Notre Dame was the best opponent available.

Dirty plays are dirty

Former LSU cornerback and Buffalo Bills standout rookie Tre’Davious White endured a vicious late hit from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on Sunday.

White had just bested Gronkowski for an interception, the rookie’s third of the year. Gronkowski took his anger out on White with a late hit that he was flagged for but didn’t result in an ejection. Expect a hefty fine and potentially a suspension for Gronkowski for his play.

White, for what it’s worth, ended the game with 5 tackles and 1 pass defensed.

Elsewhere in NFLSU news

White wasn’t the only former Tigers star making headlines in Sunday NFL action. Here are some highlights from the day’s events:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette celebrated a touchdown run with an elaborate basketball setup, lining up to shoot a free-throw through the goal posts with his teammates boxing him out. Fournette carried 20 times for 57 yards and that TD in the Jags’ win over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry caught 5 passes for 62 yards as the Dolphins defeated the Denver Broncos 35-9.
  • Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills recorded 7 tackles as the Eagles lost 24-10 to the Seattle Seahawks.

In non-revenue LSU sports news

The 2017 LSU volleyball team ended its season with a loss in the NCAA Tournament versus No. 9 San Diego on Saturday. The loss came in four sets, with LSU winning the second set in between three close defeats.

LSU finished the season 20-10 with an 11-7 record in SEC play and a 7-3 mark at home. This was LSU’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2014.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Dec. 4 might be the best day of the year. It’s National Cookie Day, y’all!

Cookies are very important to me. As I type this, I’m chewing on a Double Stuf Oreo. It’s worth mentioning: Double Stuf Oreos do not sponsor the Bayou Bengal Briefing, but the Bayou Bengal Briefing would accept any and all contributions from Nabisco for making the greatest snack known to man.

As I’ve said before on Twitter and on “One Team, One Podcast” with Carter Bryant, Double Stuf Oreos are one of the two things in life that can never let me down. But they’re not the only perfect type of cookie. Most cookies are darn near perfect.

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows about my undying love for oatmeal raisin cookies. I’ve eaten 80 of them during LSU football games this season, and that number hopefully will rise during the Citrus Bowl. You might look down on me for this, but I don’t care. Oatmeal raisin cookies are good.

Cookies are good. Respect cookies. They’re important.

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