Music-City-BowlGAME INFO

Notre Dame Vs. LSU

Date: Dec. 30, 2014.

Site: LP Field (68,798) at Nashville, Tenn.

Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET.

Television: ESPN.

Radio: This broadcast can be heard live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio (channel 129).

Series Facts: This is the 11th meeting between Notre Dame and LSU. The series is tied 5‑5.

Coaches: Notre Dame — Brian Kelly (44-20, fifth season); LSU — Les Miles (103-28, 10th season).

Noting LSU: The Tigers could become just the third team to have a winning record against the Irish in series of 10 or more games if they win the Music City Bowl, joining Michigan and Nebraska … Two of the three previous meetings between Notre Dame and LSU came in bowl games (Sugar and Independence) that the Tigers won by an average score of 34.0-11.5 … A loss to Notre Dame would give LSU three defeats in a four-game stretch for just the second time under Miles (2008) … This year marked just the third time in 10 years that Miles failed to win 10 games … Miles is 6-3 in bowl games with the Tigers, including a 1-1 record in BCS National Championship Games … LSU has won at least eight games for 15 straight seasons, which is the longest active streak in the nation and the longest such streak in school history … LSU has had at least one true freshman starter in 47 of its last 52 games dating back to the 2011 season opener versus Oregon … True freshmen scored 20 of LSU’s 39 offensive touchdowns during the regular season … The Tigers lead the SEC and rank eighth nationally in total defense (305.8 yards allowed per game), and are first nationally in pass efficiency defense (98.7 rating) and fourth in pass defense (162.3 yards allowed per game) … In the second half of the season, only three defenses (Clemson, Central Florida and Penn State) allowed fewer yards per game than LSU’s 273.8 and no unit in the country surrendered fewer touchdowns than LSU’s 10 … The Tigers gave up just eight touchdowns in regulation over the last six games, and only three of the scores came on drives of 75 yards or more … LSU is 54‐9 under Miles when winning the turnover battle … Senior left tackle La’el Collins was named All-SEC and earned the league’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which goes to the player selected by the SEC’s coaches as the league’s top blocker … The Tigers rushed for 384 yards in their 23-17 victory at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day, their highest ground output against an SEC opponent since Nov. 1, 1997 (400, at Kentucky) and their fourth best since 1966 … LSU is 57-0 under Miles when rushing for 100 yards and holding opponents to less than 100 yards.

Quoting Kelly

This Week’s Headlines

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is taking a new approach during bowl practices to prepare his team for a physical battle against LSU, both the Irish and Tigers enter the Music City Bowl with open competitions at quarterback, and both teams feature a bevy of talented underclassmen.