LSU to face Notre Dame in Music City Bowl

LSU will head to Nashville to play Notre Dame in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30

LSU will end the season in Nashville, facing Notre Dame in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

The game will be held at LP Field, home to the Tennessee Titans, at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30. LSU will depart Baton Rouge for Nashville on Dec. 27.

"We see this as a national matchup, a very attractive television game," said LSU coach Les Miles. "We recognize that Notre Dame is tremendously talented and pull from a pool of players across the country. They’re a team that’s played in the national championship, and we’re going to have to play well and we’ll be challenged. We look forward to playing these guys."

This will be the Tigers' first appearance in the Music City Bowl and the 11th meeting with the Irish. The two teams haven't played since the 2007 Sugar Bowl and have an even 5-5 record against each other. The Tigers came out victorious in that last meeting, with JaMarcus Russell leading the Tigers to a decisive 41-14 victory in New Orleans.

It's tied for the third most points LSU has scored in a bowl game. That also marked the most points Notre Dame had surrendered in a bowl game until Alabama dropped 42 on the Irish in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.

"We played extremely well in our own backyard in the Superdome and played very hard," Miles said. "We distanced ourselves from our opponent that day, but they were a tremendously talented team none the less.”

LSU is 6-3 in bowl games under Les Miles and will play in its 15th straight bowl. The Tigers defeated Iowa, 21-14, in last year's Outback Bowl, which was LSU's first bowl win since the 2011 Cotton Bowl.

Notre Dame finished the 2014 season 7-5 after starting the season with six straight wins. The Irish won just one game after Oct. 11.

Notre Dame ranks No. 71 in the country in total defense (401.5 yards/game) and No. 84 surrendering 29.3 points per game. The Irish allowed 161.7 rushing yards per game and an average of 239.8 yards through the air.

“The only thing I’ve seen is a few excerpts on television," Miles said. "They’re talented and capable. They can score points a ton in virtually every game. I’m sure I’ll get to know them better. You don’t have to look at the film to realize when you’re playing Notre Dame they’re tremendously talented.”

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