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Notre Dame An Underdog For The First Time In Citrus Bowl

Notre Dame’s regular-season schedule was one of the toughest in the nation, as the Fighting Irish faced five ranked teams. Despite constantly facing the elite of college football, Notre Dame has not once been a betting underdog. That will change when the Irish take on the LSU Tigers in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day. 

Shark Bites
  • Notre Dame is 0-7 ATS in its last 7 games in January.
  • LSU is 6-0 ATS in its last 6 games.
  • LSU is 7-2 SU in its last 9 bowl games as favorite.

Even though the Fighting Irish are currently ranked 14th in the nation, they faltered down the stretch, going just 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS in their final three games. The drop-off came on both sides of the ball with the team allowing 32 points per game while averaging just 17.3. If Notre Dame wants to get back to their winning ways, they need to get running back Josh Adams going. The junior averaged 146 rushing yards through the first eight games compared with 54.3 in their last five.

However, running against the vaunted LSU defense is not something that will come easy. The Tigers are 26th in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game while holding opposing rushers to 3.8 yards per carry. To top it off, thanks to Derrius Guice, LSU’s offense has started to find its groove since losing to Bama. The running back has tallied 371 rushing yards and five TDs in the Tigers’ last three outings.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 1-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. Watch for OVER/UNDER updates and superior underdogs lines at Bovada.

OddsShark college football prediction models picked a 32-30 result in favor of the Tigers on Monday. Check the matchup report for any updates or pick revisions before kickoff. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

LSU Tigers vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Notre Dame battles the LSU Tigers, currently with a 9-3 mark (7-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 7-5 for the Fighting Irish and 5-7 for the LSU Tigers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Notre Dame vs LSU injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Fighting Irish at No. 15 and the Tigers at No. 37 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's No. 24-ranked offense (35.33 PPG) against an LSU Tigers defense that ranks No. 17 at 18.75 PPG. The Fighting Irish passing attack has averaged 175.83 yards per game, less than the Tigers give up through the air (185.25 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Tigers feature the league's No. 42-rated road run defense, allowing 157.2 yards per game. Notre Dame, meanwhile, ranks No. 7 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Danny Etling led the way last time out for the Tigers, connecting for 347 passing yards in a 45-21 victory over the Aggies at Tiger Stadium-LSU.

Kevin Stepherson hauled in 3 passes for 112 yards against the Stanford defense in Notre Dame's last game, but the result was a 38-20 loss against the Cardinal on Saturday.

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