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LSU and Notre Dame make final preps for Music City Bowl

Source: Jacques Doucet/WAFB Source: Jacques Doucet/WAFB
NASHVILLE, TN (WAFB) -

LSU is making final preparations, as it gets ready to face Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl on Tuesday.

"This field is a pro venue," said LSU head coach Les Miles. "It's a beautiful stadium. I asked the grounds crew that I happened to see how they faired in the rain yesterday and they said not a slip."

A muddy, mushy track would certainly appear to be advantageous to the Tigers and their ground-and-pound offensive attack.

"I've got to keep that offense and that physical offense LSU has off the field," said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.

Kelly seemed pretty concerned about how his defense will match up.

"Extremely concerning," Kelly added.

The Irish have allowed an average of more than 205 yards rushing over the last five games.

"This is an offense that's rushed for 300 yards three times this year in the SEC. That's very formidable," Kelly explained.

Meanwhile, Kelly cut to the chase naming sophomore Malik Zaire his starting quarterback against LSU.

"We're obviously going to play both quarterbacks. We want to put Malik in a position and really challenge him," Kelly said.

"Yeah, the what, two and a half quarters? That was just about it, right?" Miles responded when asked if he was able to watch a lot of film on Zaire.

"That's it. That's all I got," Kelly added (laughing).

Despite his 22 turnovers this year, Everett Golson has still passed for more than 3,300 yards and 29 touchdowns. Don't rule him out of being a factor in Tuesday's game.

"I'm very pleased with what Everett has done over the past two weeks. He's made very good progress. We still have a great deal of confidence in his ability or we would have named just one starter, obviously," Kelly explained.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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