When: Monday January 1st, 1:00, ABC
Current spread: LSU -3, O/U 51.5
All-time series: ND 6-5
Two storied programs facing each other on New Year’s Day. This is what we love about college football. Notre Dame’s success may have saved Brian Kelly’s job this season. LSU is on its way back to national prominence. This should be a trench battle; an old school type of game.
Dual threat QB Brandon Wimbush (1,818-16-6) can get it done on the ground too. He rushed for 765 yards and 14 TDs. When he goes to the air, he has more than a few options. Equanimeous St Brown (31-486-4), Chase Claypool (29-402-2), and Kevin Stepherson (19-359-5) give Wimbush a variety of targets. The ground game is in the capable hands of Josh Adams (1,386-9). He is very explosive out of the backfield.
LSU will have Purdue transfer Danny Etling (2,239-14-2) under center. But the ground game is where it happens for LSU. Derrius Guice (1,153-11) still insists he is playing this game. If he doesn’t, they have Darrell Williams (776-9) as a solid 2nd option. Williams is also a good receiver out of the backfield, having caught 22 passes for 327 yards. Through the air, Etling will seek out DJ Chark (35-811-3). He is a big play guy on offense and special teams. He had an 11.7 punt return average with 2 TDs this season.
Both teams boast solid defenses. This should be a good battle. I think LSU prevails, and covers. But I don’t expect much scoring. I’m leaning towards the under.