The Citrus Bowl is typically one of the best matchups in Bowl season - excepting the playoff games. This year we are treated to another match up of top 16 programs as LSU and Notre Dame face off. The game will feature no fewer than 5 top NFL draft prospects in 2018, including 4 that are potential top 20 selections and, possibly, the best overall player..
Top 5 2018 Draft Prospects
1: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
2: Arden Key, DE, LSU
3: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
4: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
5: Kevin Tolliver, CB, LSU
When LSU Has The Ball: Notre Dame had a good defense this year that appeared to be a great defense at certain times. LSU should test that defense with a strong ground game led by Derrius Guice and an offensive line full of 2019 and 2020 draft prospects. LSU’s path to victory is Guice and Notre Dame will know this coming into the game. The interior offensive line, led by center Will Clapp, should be able to open up some running lanes for Guice so the Notre Dame safeties and linebackers will need to be effective in making the tackle on first contact.
When Notre Dame Has The Ball: Although their defense isn’t always a statistically dominant defense, few college programs have more future NFL defensive starters on any given Saturday than LSU. This year the team is led by pass rusher Arden Key, who was the highest rated player on the National pre-season scouting lists and cornerback Kevin Tolliver. Key vs McGlinchey will be one of the best show downs of the entire season and both players should be excited for the opportunity to square off against a highly ranked foe. Tolliver will be expected to shut down half of the field so that LSU’s rangy safeties can help in the running game. If you are watching this game pay extra special attention to Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. Nelson plays his position better than any other player plays theirs in this draft. He should be a top 10 selection at guard, a rarity.
Prediction: Notre Dame is good. LSU is good. These types of games typically favor better coaching staffs and teams with better depth, both of which are LSU. LSU 28 - Notre Dame 23