ORLANDO, Fla. — Lamar Jackson hits the field for the first time since winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday morning when No. 13 Louisville faces No. 20 LSU in the 71st annual Citrus Bowl.
No Heisman winner has lost his bowl game since Sam Bradford and Oklahoma fell to Florida in the 2008 national championship game, so modern history will be against the Tigers.
It’s also the first game for Ed Orgeron as LSU’s full-time head coach since he was promoted to the position earlier in December.
LSU vs. Louisville, Citrus Bowl game time, details
Time: 11 a.m. EST
Date: Saturday, Dec. 31
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Weather: Sunny, High of 72, SSE wind of 10 MPH
Line: LSU by 3
What channel is LSU-Louisville in the Citrus Bowl on?
The game will be televised on ABC.
How can I watch LSU-Louisville online in the Citrus Bowl?
The game can be streamed at WatchESPN.
Who is calling the Citrus Bowl for ABC?
Dave Pasch will handle play-by-play with former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy providing color commentary. Greg McElroy will cover the sidelines.
Citrus Bowl: LSU vs. Louisville keys to the game
Make Lamar Jackson human: The only team that has succeeded in that task is Houston. The Cougars sacked Jackson 11 times in a win that helped seal the deal for coach Tom Herman to land the Texas job. However, even under that severe duress Jackson managed to throw for 211 yards and a touchdown in the 36-10 loss. He was limited to a season-low 33 rushing yards.
Don’t sleep on Louisville’s defense: The Cardinals rank 11th in the nation with 316 yards allowed per game. Louisville was exposed by Houston and Kentucky, who were both able to overpower the speedy defense, but the Cards have had time to collect themselves after those letdowns. However, top pass rusher James Hearns will miss the game after being injured in an off-campus shooting this month.
Win in the red zone: For all its talent on both sides of the ball, Louisville is somewhat pedestrian inside the 20-yard line. Opponents score on 87.5 percent of their trips into the red zone against the Cards, which ranks 85th nationally. Louisville’s offense scores on 83.5 percent of its visits inside the 20, which is 67th nationally.