NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The LSU Tigers, led by head coach Les Miles, arrived at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel Saturday and were greeted by a large and vocal crowd of LSU fans.
“The reception has been very strong as you can hear,” Miles said with a smile toward the crowd. “We’re excited. I don’t think there will be any hesitation to play well or prepare to play well.”
The Tigers are in Nashville to participate in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
“You’re looking at two marquee college teams and they meet in a bowl in a major city,” Miles said of the match-up. “I think our guys are fired up. I don’t think there’s any hesitation in anyway and I’m sure Notre Dame is as well”
This is the first time either team has participated in the Music City Bowl. However, the Tigers (8-4) and the Fighting Irish (7-5) have met 10 times before. The series has an equal 5-5 record, but LSU is 2-0 against the Irish is previous bowl game match-ups.
After getting off to an impressive 6-0 start, the Irish finished the season having lost five of their final six games. Les Miles, however, do not expect to see a struggling team on Tuesday.
“We expect Notre Dame’s absolute best,” he said. “And certainly they are capable. Very Capable.”
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl between LSU and Notre Dame kicks off on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at LP Field.