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CRAWFORD | Official: Louisville football to face LSU in Citrus Bowl on New Year's Eve

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — How costly was the University of Louisville’s season-ending loss to Kentucky? When the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its bowl arrangements on Sunday afternoon, the No.13-ranked Cardinals learned that instead of a "New Year's Six" bowl game, their December destination will be the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on New Year’s Eve, where they will face LSU at 11 a.m. on ABC.

The Cardinals had been in College Football Playoff contention for much of the season, until a 36-10 loss at Houston on Nov. 17. After that loss, they still figured to be slotted for the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve night, but a 41-38 loss to the Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium left Florida State ranked ahead of the Cardinals in the final two CFP rankings, including No. 11 in the final rankings.

Selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt told ESPN's Andrea Adelson, of FSU's selection over Louisville, ""he selection committee felt like Florida State was the better football team at the end of this season ... We're looking at the full body of work and we're not basing our rankings and our decisions on one particular game." 

That means that, more than likely, Louisville and Heisman Trophy contender Lamar Jackson will face LSU and perhaps running back Leonard Fournette, who has battled an ankle injury late in the season, but could be available for the bowl game.

A year ago at bowl time, Fournette ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns, and caught a pass for another score, in a 56-27 win over Texas Tech Advocare Texas Bowl. Jackson, in bowl play last season, ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 227 and two more in a 27-21 win over Texas A&M.

This season, LSU has been led by sophomore running back Derrius Guice, who has averaged 113.6 yards per game, as Fournette has battled injuries.

Jackson this season became the first major college player ever to throw for 30 touchdowns and run for 20 during a regular season. He’s the nation’s No. 9 ball-carrier in terms of yards per game, at 128.2.

LSU ranks No. 13 in the nation in total defense, while Louisville ranks No. 11.

LSU finished the regular season at 7-4 after losing to Alabama and Florida in the final month of the season.

No official announcement has been made on Louisville's opponent.

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