Rankings: No. 15 AP, No. 15 coaches, No. 13 CFP
Record: 9-3, 7-1 ACC
Coach: Bobby Petrino
Best win: Louisville 63, Florida State 20
Worst loss: Kentucky 41, Louisville 38
LSU will play in Florida this season after all.
On Louisville’s season
The Cardinals won nine of their first 10 games, with the only loss coming at Clemson. They were on the bubble, at No. 5, of securing a CFP bid before dropping their last two games, at Houston and against Kentucky.
On Louisville’s offense
QB Lamar Jackson, a dual-threat standout, is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next weekend. He leads an offense that ranks No. 1 in the nation in points per game (45.3).
On Louisville’s defense
Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has earned his money ($1.3 million last year, according to USA Today) with the Cardinals. They're 11th in total defense this year (316 yards per game) and 33rd in scoring defense (23.3 points per game).
LSU will play Louisville in the Citrus Bowl at 10 a.m. New Year's Eve. Here's more about the game and the Tigers' bowl history:
Players to watch
QB Lamar Jackson (1,538 yards rushing, 3,390 yards passing, 51 total TDs); WR Cole Hikutini (49 catches, 656 yards, 8 TDs); WR James Quick (46 catches, 688 yards, 6 TDs); LB Keith Kelsey (81 tackles, 3 forced fumbles); LB James Hearns (8 sacks, 3 forced fumbles)
Bet you didn’t know
Petrino was seen as a favorite to replace Nick Saban as LSU's coach in 2005. He interviewed twice with search committee members before they selected Les Miles instead.