Notre Dame suspends Deon McIntosh for Citrus Bowl

Fans cover the hill near Tiger Stadium as the LSU band marches to the stadium for the Texas A&M game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday

But it doesn't need to happen either. When USC was missing key contributors in its front seven off the bye, the Irish offense took advantage. They're also 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.

LSU and Notre Dame rely on the run and their defenses because their quarterbacks are limited.

A week ago, Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and running back C.J. Holmes were suspended, and it was later reported that they were suspended because of arrests for shoplifting.

Not to be outdone, three of LSU's four linebackers are out with injuries and offensive coordinator Matt Canada is on his way out, so how much effort he puts into the game plan is anyone's guess.

Notre Dame and LSU are both three-loss teams and LSU will be making it's second straight trip to the Citrus Bowl.

The school suspended running back Deon McIntosh on Thursday and sent him home, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly confirmed Saturday.

I have placed (and misplaced) a lot of faith in this Irish squad all year. Notre Dame then split its last two games, beating Navy but losing on the road to Stanford.

Notre Dame and LSU's seasons followed contrasting paths. At 8-1 and ranked No. 3, the Irish were firmly in the College Football Playoff mix heading into a road matchup with No. 7 Miami. Two weeks later, the Tigers were upset by Troy in Death Valley. The Tigers were handed a 37-7 loss at Mississippi State on September 16 in the largest margin of defeat to the Bulldogs in the 111-game series. Notre Dame won the last matchup on a late field goal, 31-28, on December 30, 2014, in the Music City Bowl.

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Mike Elko arrived at Notre Dame prepared to unleash a whirlwind of change. You can't end that streak unless you get back here.

Later in the day at the Notre Dame Citrus Bowl pep rally, Kelly told fans good things are on the way for ND football. But after Monday's display in the Citrus Bowl, LSU certainly appeared justified. I think most Notre Dame fans would be pleased with 10 wins, especially after going 4-8 a year ago.

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