After losing its final two games of the regular season, the Louisville football team slipped out of both contention for the College Football Playoff and a New Year's Six Bowl Game, and will instead finish its season squaring off against LSU in the 2016 Citrus Bowl.
The game will kick off on New Year's Eve at 11 a.m. inside the Camping World Stadium in Orlando. ABC will have the broadcast.
Louisville had been in line for a trip to the Orange Bowl before its regular season-ending loss to Kentucky. Instead, that spot went to Florida State, which finished two spots ahead of Louisville in the final College Football Playoff Rankings.
Here are those final rankings:
While playing a top-tier SEC team on New Year's Eve isn't exactly a disappointment, the game does provide a conflict for Cardinal fans, as the baksetball team will be playing one of its showcase games at the same time. Rick Pitino's team will tip-off against Indiana in Indianapolis at 12:30 p.m. That game will be on CBS.
This will mark the seventh straight season that Louisville has played in a bowl game, and will be the Cardinals' 21st all-time bowl game appearance. U of L is 6-2 in its last eight bowl games, and 10-9-1 in bowl games all-time.
Here's Louisville's all-time bowl history heading into this year's game:
|2010||Beef 'O' Brady's||Southern Miss||31-28||W|
|2013||Russell Athletic||Miami (Fla.)||36-9||W|
|2015||Music CIty||Texas A&M||27-21||W|
After LSU will carry a 7-4 record into the bowl game. The Tigers had to cancel a game against South Alabama in order to play a game against Florida that had to be rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew. The Tigers fired head coach Les Miles after the team's 2-2 start, and recently gave the full-time job to former assistant Ed Orgeron, who had been acting as the team's interim coach since.