Music City Bowl preview: Notre Dame looks to Zaire and Golson to defeat LSU
Posted: Jan 5, 2016 9:26 AM EST | Updated: Jan 5, 2016 1:35 PM EST
“Great tradition, national championship team, name recognition, yeah it's a pretty good matchup,” Irish head coach Brian Kelly said.
“I get to play some of my favorite opponents from when I was at Florida and I'm just glad I am able to finish against an SEC school,” Irish cornerback Cody Riggs said.
The two teams share winning ways.
“These two teams have the same exact record over the last three years, we're both 28-10 over the last three years, so you're looking at teams that have had some success,” Kelly said.
A win Tuesday, could wrap up a roller coaster season for the Irish.
“There's a sense of urgency in wanting to win a football game because you want to stem the tide a little bit, you want to think about the really good things that happened this year with this football team, you don't want to be hearing the negative things,” Kelly said.
And a win could set the tone for next year.
“This is an important game for us to go into the off-season,” Kelly said.
LSU's defense managed to hold its opponents to 134 points all season, an average of 11 points per game.
“We're ready to fight and we're ready to prove ourselves as a tough unit up front," Irish offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey said.
Notre Dame has eight full practices in Music City under their belts.
“Getting after it in practice against our Defensive Backs, I think we have some great Defensive Backs too, so just getting after it in practice,” Irish wide receiver Will Fuller said.
And the Irish say with their preparation, they are ready to prove they can compete with the 23 rd ranked Tigers.
We've had some ups and downs this year but we're a good, solid group and we're ready to prove that against LSU,” McGlinchey said.
Notre Dame is 7-5 on this year's regular season.
Kick off for Tuesday's bowl game is set for 3 p.m. ET at LP Field in Nashville.