Despite the improved offensive play, the Citrus Bowl is expected to be the last game at LSU for offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
I asked Brian Kelly on Sunday in his final media availability before the game, how important it was to win this game and get that "stigma" off his program's back.
Notre Dame likely will have to fend off other suitors moving forward once Elko continues to recruit players that match his system. Orgeron reportedly wants to go in another direction.
Notre Dame: RB Josh Adams is 13th nationally in rushing yards with 1,386 and is averaging 7.3 yards per carry. You can't end that streak unless you get back here. As a rusher, he has 765 rushing yards on 137 attempts (5.6 average) with 14 rushing touchdowns, giving him 30 combined on the season. He has been banged up throughout the year and played behind a youthful offensive line, so that production dropped off a bit, but he's still one of the most talented backs in the country.
LSU's Danny Etling was 19 of 33 for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Derrius Guice. He finished with three catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, saving his best for last. This could be his final game in an LSU uniform, too.
Offensive lineman and 2-time captain Mike McGlinchey started his first game of his career in a win of LSU in the 2014 Music City Bowl. Look for the Junior to get back on track in Citrus Bowl. Notre Dame won that won 31-28 on a last-second field goal.
"You're still on the same mission after this game, and that is to keep working toward a national championship, " he said. After suffering through a 4-8 season in 2016, Brian Kelly's squad lost by just one point to highly touted Georgia and earned big wins over USC and North Carolina State to finish with a strong 9-3 record.
Last time the teams met, the Irish had ended the regular season on a similar slump, but were buoyed by a new spark on offense thanks to quarterback Malik Zaire.
"If you can come away with 10 wins with the Notre Dame schedule that we play, I think that's a pretty damn good season for us", Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush said earlier this week.