LSU will go to Disney World – again.
The Tigers return to the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame, a repeated trip to the Orlando-based game against a high-profile opponent. LSU, 9-3 and No. 17 in the University Football Playoffs ranking, will meet the Irish number 14 (9-3) at noon on January 1 at the Camping World Stadium.
Coach Ed Orgeron's group will become the first The SEC team makes consecutive trips to Citrus from Tennessee after the 1995-96 seasons. LSU beat the winner of the Heisman Lamar Jackson Trophy and Louisville 29-9 on the last morning of New Year's Eve in the bowl.
The school expected the invitation repeated earlier this week, except for weekend surprises. Citrus is the main bowl of SEC bowl out of the 6 CFP / New Year games (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, Orange, Fiesta and Peach). Citrus, unlike many of the other SEC Cup packages, has the authority to choose its participant.
The Citrus Bowl committee chose the Tigers over 8-4 Mississippi State, with an interim coach and without injured starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, and 8-4 South Carolina. The Tigers, winners of six of their last seven games, did not fall to the next rung in the SEC ranking order. Behind the Citrus there is a group of six bowls in which the league decides the participants: Liberty, Texas, TaxSlayer, Outback, Belk and Music City.
LSU and Notre Dame are quite frequent bowl opponents. After the 2014 season, LSU lost 31-28 to the Irish at the Music City Bowl, and the Tigers beat ND at the 2006 Sugar Bowl. The teams played three times in a span of 13 games in 1997 and 1998 and played at three more series of home-and-home.
Tennessee's coaching search has turned to Les Miles.
They share a lot with each other, from a Catholic amateur base to coaching connections. LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri left ND for the Tigers after the 2006 season. He led the Irish to the University World Series in 2002, his first trip there in 45 years.
This will be the fifth appearance of LSU in the Citrus Bowl and the fourth since the 2004 season. The Tigers first went to Orlando in 1979 when the game became known as the Tangerine Bowl. LSU sent Charles McClendon, the all-time coach of the program, with an exciting 34-10 victory over Wake Forest.
Orlando was also the site of the last LSU game under Nick Saban, a week after he announced he was leaving the Tigers to fulfill a long-held ambition to train in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. The game, then known as Capital One Bowl, was a surprise for LSU, as Drew Tate of Iowa completed a 56-yard touchdown pbad to Warren Holloway when time expired for a 30-25 victory.
LSU returned to the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day 2010, losing a 19-17 decision to Penn State and last coach Joe Paterno in a field reduced to a mud stunned after heavy rain before the game . The game helped boost artificial turf as part of the subsequent renovations of the Camping World Stadium.
This is the appearance in bowl of LSU 49 th and 18 th directly since 2000, extending a school record. The all-time record for the Tigers is 25-22-1.
Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.
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