Louisville gets Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl

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Louisville accepted a bid to play in the TaxSlayer Bowl and faces the Southeastern Conference’s Mississippi State on Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Cardinals, making their eighth-consecutive appearance in a bowl game, are taking part in their second postseason contest in Jacksonville.

The game will be played on at 11 a.m. CST at EverBank Field in and broadcast on ESPN. Originally known as the Gator Bowl, the TaxSlayer Bowl has been played continuously since the 1945 season, making it the sixth-oldest existing bowl game.

This marks Louisville’s 22nd bowl appearance in program history, the eighth in the Petrino era. Overall, the Cardinals own a 10-10-1 overall record and are 3-4 under Petrino, splitting the last four postseason encounters. Louisville fell 29-9 to Louisiana State last season in the Citrus Bowl.

Louisville enters the TaxSlayer Bowl with an 8-4 record, winning three-consecutive games and four of the last five contests. Playing their best football of the season, the Cardinals are averaging 46 points per game over the last three contests and are averaging a margin of victory of 30 during that span.

In the regular season finale, Louisville routed its rival Kentucky 44-17, retaking the Governor’s Cup for the fifth time in the last six meetings and posting its largest margin of victory in the series since 2006.

The Cardinals take on the Bulldogs for the first time since 1976 with the teams splitting the first four meetings. Mississippi State finished the regular season at 8-4 and 5-2 in the SEC after a 31-28 loss to rival Mississippi.

Louisville’s last appearance in Jacksonville for a bowl game came in the 2005 Gator Bowl, a 35-24 loss to Virginia Tech.