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Bowl preview: #20 LSU @ #13 Louisville

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 30, 2016 at 11:45 pm EST

On Saturday morning, #20 Louisiana State University Tigers faces #13 Louisville Cardinals in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The game will be on ABC at 11 am EST.

The Tigers are 7-4, while the Cardinals are 9-3. Louisiana State University is 2-2 on the road, and the Louisville was 4-2.

This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Derrius Guice (Getty Images)

Derrius Guice (Getty Images)

Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson will be playing in his first game since being named the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner on Dec. 10. He became the first Cardinals player to ever win the award.

“The last guy I’ve seen like that was called Michael Vick,” Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said.

Orgeron was named the permanent LSU head coach on Nov. 26. He went 5-2 as their interim head coach following the exit of Les Miles after going 2-2 to begin the season.

The Tigers will be without star running back Leonard Fournette, who elected to skip the bowl game. Fournette was not expected to play in the game because of an ankle injury and Derrius Guice became the featured back and even broke his school record on Thanksgiving night.

LSU is 24-22-1 in their previous 47 bowl games. They won their last bowl game in the Texas Bowl when they defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 56-27 on Dec. 29, 2015.

They have not lost a bowl game since Dec. 30, 2014 when they lost 31-28 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Louisville is 10-9-1 in their previous 20 bowl games. They won their last bowl game 27-21 over the Texas A&M Aggies on Dec. 30, 2015 in the Music City Bowl.

They have not lost a bowl game since Dec. 30, 2014 when they lost 37-14 to the Georgia Bulldogs.

Louisiana State University won their last game against the Texas A&M Aggies on Thanksgiving night. They have not lost a game since Nov. 19 when they lost 16-10 to the Florida Gators when they were stopped on a fourth-down goal-line stance.

Louisville lost their previous two games. They have not won a game since Nov. 12 when they defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 44-12.

“Those last two games, I’m still mad about those,” Jackson said.

Their win should have an asterisk by it because former Wake Forest broadcaster Tommy Elrod leaked game information to Cardinals offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway. He’s been suspended for this game.

Louisville and Virginia Tech hit with fines for Elrod leaking information.

Danny Etling leads the Tigers attack with 1,906 passing yards. He has nine touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Guice has 1,249 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Malachi Dupre has 454 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

“Guice is rolling and moving,” center Ethan Pocic said. “I’m confident in all our backs. We’ll be all right.”

Jackson leads the Cardinals attack with 3,390 passing yards. He has 30 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

“We know he is going to get out there and complete, and we know we’re going to get out there and compete,” LSU cornerback Donté Jackson said of Jackson.

Jackson also has 1,538 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. James Quick has 688 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

“LSU is very aggressive,” Cardinals wide receiver Jaylen Smith said. “They play a lot of man coverage. They’re fast, they’re strong, they’re physical. They are a typical SEC secondary. It will be fun to go against them.”

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