Notre Dame lands in Music City Bowl vs. LSU

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND — Now the real tough questions come.

Like who starts at quarterback, how Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly concocts depth at safety, how broken offensive and defensive lines are addressed.

At least Kelly and the Irish (7-5) know where all that will unfold. Notre Dame learned Sunday its bowl destination will be Nashville, Tenn., where the Irish on Dec. 30 will take on AP 22nd-ranked LSU (8-4) from the SEC at the Music City Bowl. Kickoff time is 3 p.m. EST.

It will be Notre Dame’s 34th bowl appearance and fifth straight under Kelly. The Irish have never played in the Music City Bowl.

It will be the 11th time the Irish and the Tigers have met in football, with the series tied 5-5. Two of those games have taken place in bowl games — the Sugar and the Independence — both won by LSU.

Either Evrerett Golson or Malik Zaire — or both — will face the nation's No. 1 pass-efficiency defense.

Kelly and the ND players will meet the media to discuss the matchup at 6:15 p.m. EST.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly leads the Irish into their fifth straight bowl appearance. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)