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LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) runs to the end zone for the touchdown in the third quarter of the Citrus Bowl against Louisville, Saturday, December 31, 2016, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

Scott Rabalais:

LSU 21, Notre Dame 20

LSU playing better coming in, but is hampered by some huge distractions surrounding the Ed Orgeron-Matt Canada situation. That said, Notre Dame is likely to be one-dimensional without three of its best receivers. Tigers, on offensive balance, by just a little.

Ross Dellenger:

Notre Dame 21, LSU 16

The Irish might be a 3-point underdog to LSU and, yes, they haven't played well down the stretch, allowing 37 points or more in three of their final four games. But the Tigers may be a distracted bunch. OC Matt Canada is expected to be calling his last game for the Tigers, and LSU is missing three defensive starters.

Sheldon Mickles:

Notre Dame 24, LSU 20

Too many missing pieces on defense and too much turmoil on the offensive side of the ball are enough to derail the Tigers. Yet, it wouldn't be a total surprise if they toughed one out in this spot considering the strong-willed nature of their head coach.

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