The LSU Tigers have survived the brutal SEC Conference this season, ending the year with an 8-4 record. They will play one more game this year, meeting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Music City Bowl. The Irish enter 7-5 and have a very talented offense, led by quarterback Everett Golson, so LSU’s defense will be put to the test.
The Tigers began the year impressively, winning the opening game against the Wisconsin Badgers 28-24. They went on to win their next two games before falling at home to Mississippi State 34-29. It appeared as a pretty poor loss at the time, but the Bulldogs went on to lose just two games all season and was the first ranked team for much of the year.
After a win against New Mexico State, however, LSU suffered a humiliating 41-7 loss at Auburn that all but ended their chances at making the first ever College Football Playoff. They would beat the 3rd-ranked Ole Miss Rebels to set up a big matchup against Alabama, but the Crimson Tide did just enough to get the win in overtime 20-13.
Clearly unmotivated following the tough loss to Alabama, the Tigers were shutout 17-0 against Arkansas and barely squeaked by Texas A&M in the final game of the season.
So that is how the LSU Tigers have gotten to the position they are in today: a bowl bid in Nashville for the Music City Bowl and a date with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, another team that began the season with high hopes but ultimately fizzled down the stretch.
Currently, tickets to the Music City Bowl have an average price of $123, though tickets start at just $29 for the matchup. While Tigers fans are probably displeased that LSU didn’t have a better record this season, they may be happy that they will be able to see them play in the postseason for less than $30. As a point of comparison, Bama fans will need to pay almost ten times that figure as tickets to the College Football Playoff start at $263 currently.
It’s about an eight or nine hour drive to Nashville for fans looking to make the trek north. However, fans can find Nashville flights available at Hipmunk.com for as little as $400 from New Orleans if you are looking to get into the Music City a little quicker. And hotels near LP Field start at just $75, so it’s conceivable that you will be able to get a game ticket, plane ticket, and hotel room for close to $500 when all is said and done.
The Tigers will look to make their fans happy in Nashville with a win to close out the season and end with nine victories. They defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14 in last year’s Outback Bowl on January 1st, though they did lose two years ago in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, falling 25-24 to Clemson. The Notre Dame defense is mired with several key injuries and has struggled mightily down the stretch so LSU has a great opportunity to score more than the 24 points they put up two years ago. Look for Leonard Fournette, the heavily-recruited running back, to get an opportunity to put his stamp on a decent freshman campaign. If he can do so, there’s a good chance the Tigers will get the victory on December 30th.