Louisville, LSU, West Virginia and Miami all Orlando-bound!
Three top-20 teams will spend the holidays in Orlando as the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl welcomes #13 Louisville and #20 LSU and the Russell Athletic Bowl hosts #16 West Virginia vs Miami.
Bigtime college football has become a 70+ year tradition in the City Beautiful and this year is no exception.
The West Virginia Mountaineers (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) will play the Miami Hurricanes (8-4, 5-3 ACC) in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl. This exciting matchup kicks off on Wednesday, December 28th at 5:30 p.m. at Camping World Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
The game welcomes a Mountaineer squad that finished the season with 10 wins, including wins over Iowa State and Baylor in its final regular season games.
Miami, led by head coach Mark Richt, returns to Orlando with a team playing its best football of the season having finished on a four-game win streak.
The LSU Tigers (7-4, 5-3 SEC) and the Louisville Cardinals (9-3, 7-1 ACC) will meet in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, set to kick off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 31.
Louisville is led by ACC Player of the Year, Heisman finalist and record-setting quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson finished the regular season with the ACC single-season touchdown record, rushing yards by a quarterback and rushing touchdowns by a quarterback as well as setting the Louisville mark with 4,928 yards of total offense and 1,538 rushing yards.
LSU features a formidable defense that touts the fourth-fewest points allowed and fifth-fewest yards allowed in the nation as well as one of the nation’s best running backs in Leonard Fournette on the offensive side of the ball. Derrius Guice has filled in admirably when Fournette has been unable to play, tallying over 1,200 rushing yards himself.