Notre Dame Athletics | December 4, 2017
For the first time in history, the University of Notre Dame football team is headed to the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton's.
Notre Dame (9-3, No. 14 College Football Playoff) will meet Southeastern Conference representative LSU (9-3, No. 17 College Football Playoff) at 1 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in 65,000-seat Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
The Irish qualify as a representative of the Atlantic Coast Conference in their fourth year of an agreement that also involves Notre Dame playing five games per season against ACC opponents (some seasons feature four games, others feature six). This marks the 16th different bowl game in which Notre Dame has participated.
It's the seventh bowl appearance in eight seasons under Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly and 10th in the last 13 years overall. With a win in the Citrus Bowl, Notre Dame would secure its 18th all-time double-digit win season, second in three years and third in six seasons.
"We're thrilled with the opportunity and excited about the challenge that awaits us with LSU -- one of the premier programs in all of college football," said Kelly. "We had quite a battle with the Tigers a few years ago in a bowl game, and I'd expect a similar contest this time around.
"Our University has never participated in the Citrus Bowl, one of the longest-standing bowl games in the nation, and we're delighted to play in a bowl game on Jan. 1 for the second time in three years."
ABC will televise the game and ESPN Radio will air the game. The Notre Dame IMG College Football Radio Network also will carry the game.
This marks the 72nd edition of Orlando's New Year's Day classic, the seventh-oldest bowl game in the country, with previous incarnations including the Tangerine Bowl (1947--82), Florida Citrus Bowl (1983--93), CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl (1994--99), Ourhouse.com Florida Citrus Bowl (2000), Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (2001--02), Capital One Bowl (2003--14) and Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (2015--17).