By DIG Staff
The 23rd-ranked LSU Tigers learned on Sunday that they would conclude their 2014 football season against Notre Dame in Nashville, Tenn. as the SEC representative in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
The Tigers and Fighting Irish will meet on LP Field, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, on Dec. 30 for a 2 p.m. ESPN kickoff.
“We are very excited to bring our football program and the great LSU fan base to Nashville to play Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl,” said LSU coach Les Miles who has led the Tigers to a bowl in each of the nine seasons that he has been at the helm.
“Notre Dame is a traditional football power and we are looking forward to renewing what has been a tremendous rivalry between the two programs through the years.”
The Fighting Irish head into the bowl with a 7-5 record, but have lost five of their last six games.
Led by senior quarterback Everett Golson – who helped take the team to the national championship in 2012 before getting suspended for the 2013 season – Notre Dame’s passing offense ranks 16th in the country, averaging 293.8 yards per game.
“It’s going to be a great game for us,” said LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture. “Growing up, I always remember Notre Dame. It was a team you always saw on TV. They were playing in big time bowls and playing big time opponents.”
LSU and Notre Dame are no strangers when it comes to postseason matchups. Dating back to the 1997 Independence Bow, this will be the third time in 20 years that the two teams finished the seasons against one another.
The last time the Tigers and Fighting Irish met was in the 2007 Sugar Bowl in which LSU, led by quarterback Jamarcus Russell, won 41-14.
However, that game seven years ago doesn’t mean much for Miles as far as this upcoming matchup goes.
“The only thing I have seen are a few games on television (this season),” Miles said of Notre Dame. “You don’t have to look at the film to realize that Notre Dame is tremendously talented.”
Volleyball Season Ends in Second Round
The LSU volleyball team’s dream for a sweet sixteen appearance of the NCAA Tournament came up just short last Friday. On the road in the second round, the Lady Tigers fell in four sets to 10th-seed Oregon, 25-22 21-25 25-20 25-20.
“They played a great match,” LSU coach Fran Flory said of Oregon. “We wish them the best of luck. We are sorry for our kids, but we played with great heart.”
LSU junior outside hitter Cati Leak led the Lady Tigers with 12 kills in addition to her 12 digs and one assist. Junior defensive specialist Haley Smith posted a team-high 21 digs, making her the second player in LSU history to finish consecutive seasons with 500 digs.
Basketball Breaks for Exams
Fresh off a banner road win over West Virginia, the LSU men’s basketball team will take a break from its schedule for this semester’s final exams.
The Tigers return to action this Saturday to host Sam Houston State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.