The 2006 Sugar Bowl Odds show LSU as a favorite to beat the Fighting Irish from Notre Dame. The Irish haven’t won a bowl in their last eight tries and it doesn’t appear likely that they will end that streak this year. The Tigers come into this game ranked no. 4 in the nation while Notre Dame comes in at no. 11. The game moves back to New Orleans after a one year stay in Atlanta due to the destruction from Hurricane Katrina. In that game West Virginia beat Georgia 38-35 in a thriller.
The game will have a home feel for the Tigers as the campus is just a short drive away. Notre Dame better be prepared for a loud crowd cheering on the yellow and purple. The Irish also will try to wash away the bad taste in their mouths after getting stomped by USC in their final game, 44-24. They are going to have to get their offense on track against a talented LSU defense and try to keep up the pace with their 400 ypg and 32.4 ppg averages.
LSU is coming on as of late, winning six straight including their season-finale against a talented Arkansas team. The strength of the team lies with it’s defense, where it is 2nd in the nation, giving up only 240 ypg and 4th in the nation with 12.5 points allowed. The Tigers aren’t slouching on offense either though with their 33 ppg as they can beat you both through the air and on the ground. LSU is just 4-5 all-time against the Irish, but a bowl win in 1997 was part of Notre Dame’s losing streak in the post-season.
It’ll be interesting to see how Weis prepares his squad after so much time off. Normally you would expect good things, but Notre Dame has failed miserably in the bowls. If you want to know what our experts think sign up for our NCAA football bowl picks today and cash in.
2006 Sugar Bowl Odds:
Notre Dame +9 -102 at Pinnacle
LSU -9 -108 at Pinnacle
OVER 55.5 at Pinnacle
UNDER 56 at BetCris