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Louisville to face USC in 2023 Holiday Bowl

Let’s get it.

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl - Baylor v UCLA Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images

After a 10-3 season that featured a trip to the ACC Championship Game, the Louisville football team will wrap up its 2023 campaign in the Holiday Bowl against perennial national power USC.

The game will be played at Petco Park in San Diego at 8 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 27. Fox will have the television coverage.

This will be the first ever meeting between Louisville and USC. Led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner and potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick Caleb Williams, the Trojans went 7-5 this season, including a 5-4 mark in Pac-12 play. After beginning the season 6-0 and being ranked as high as No. 9 in the AP Top 25, USC lost five of its final six regular season games.

Louisville, which defeated Cincinnati in last year’s Fenway Bowl, is 12-12-1 all-time in bowl games.

While having the Orange Bowl snatched away at the last second after it had seemed to be a done deal for a couple of week sucks, I don’t hate this.

Growing up, the Holiday Bowl was my favorite non-New Year’s bowl. The games were always thrilling, and it was always the biggest sporting event of a weeknight in that magical week between Christmas and New Year’s. Plus, the opportunity to play USC for the first time ever doesn’t suck either.

Let’s end the season the right way.