6:45 LRN Sportscast January 1

The Saints lost their regular season finale to Tampa Bay 31-24, but New Orleans still won the NFC South, because Carolina also lost. New Orleans offense struggled in this game. They only rushed for 92 yards, scored just two touchdowns on offense, despite getting three turnovers and they also had seven penalties. Coach Sean Payton says they need to be better in the playoffs…

Cut 16 (12) “…we’ll get you beat”

New Orleans will now get ready to play the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. The Saints are the four seed and will play the 5th seed Panthers on Sunday at 3:40 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The other wild card match-up is Atlanta at Los Angeles. If the seeds hold, New Orleans will visit the Philadelphia Eagles a week from Saturday.

In the AFC, its the Buffalo Bills versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. The other game is Kansas City hosting Tennessee.

The bowl game is finally here for the LSU Tigers as they face Notre Dame in Orlando at noon. The Tigers will look to run the football and Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says they should have success against a Fighting Irish team that’s allowing 153 yards a game on the ground….

Cut 13 (11) “…Notre Dame”

Winning the Citrus Bowl would give the Tigers a ten win season, the first since back to back ten win seasons in 2012 and 2013.

Tonight at the Mercedes Benz Superdome, Alabama and Clemson meet for the third year in a row in the college football playoffs. This time it’s a semi-final matchup and the winner will play the winner of the Rose Bowl, Georgia or Oklahoma.

In college basketball last night…the Cajuns beat Arkansas State 88-78, Little Rock knocked off Ulm 71-62 and Southeastern Louisiana defeated Central Arkansas 73-69.