Coach Ed Orgeron’s first game as LSU’s permanent Head Coach will take him to the site of many recent Tiger bowl disappointments, as LSU has been selected to face Louisville in Orlando at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.
LSU is 1-2 all time in Orlando, the 1 win coming against Wake Forest back in 1979. The recent history at the formerly named Capital One Bowl is much worse, with the last second Hail Mary loss to Iowa back in 2005 and the war-torn D-Day beach turf in 2010 dragging LSU down into a loss vs Penn St.
Louisville (9-3, 7-1 in ACC), saw their season fall apart after a very strong start behind Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson. Bobby Petrino hasn’t yet been caught with a new mistress and seems to be building the Cardinals into a football power, but a blowout at Houston and dropping a gimmie to Kentucky was the faceplant end to a promising season.
The Citrus Bowl, like many New Year’s bowls this season, will be played on Saturday December 31st. Kickoff will be at a painful 10am central and the game will air on ABC