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Notre Dame will have to earn that ten-win season without some important pieces. The Fighting Irish flew to Orlando six days before the game to adjust to warmer temperatures, but receivers Kevin Stepherson (suspension) and Chase Claypool (injury), as well as tight ends Alize Mack (suspension) and Brock Wright (injury) did not make the trip. That means quarterback Brandon Wimbush might have to rely more heavily on targets such as Equanimeous St. Brown, Miles Boykin and Chris Finke at wideout. Smythe could play a big role along with fellow tight ends Nic Weishar.
McIntosh is third on the team in rushing with 368 yards and is the second running back to be suspended for the bowl game. A week ago, Notre Dame wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and running back C.J. Holmes were suspended, and it was later reported that they were suspended because of arrests for shoplifting. The next day, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced that tight end Alize Mack was suspended for the postseason. The reason for Mack’s suspension was called an “internal team matter.” The suspension of Mack and Stepherson and an injury that will keep Chase Claypool out of the game means Notre Dame will be without three of its top four pass receivers against LSU.
Fighting Irish running back Josh Adams (1,386 yards, nine touchdowns) shined behind a behemoth offensive line anchored by Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson. The emphasis on the ground game is likely to continue versus LSU, which will be without its top three linebackers because of injuries. McGlinchey and Nelson will be first round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft and both could hear their names called within the Top 10. . The Tigers wrapped up the regular season with victories in three games in a row and six of their past seven.