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The Heisman Curse is no longer, considering six of the last seven Heisman Trophy winners have gone on to win their subsequent bowl games. As of this writing, nothing was official, but Louisville and Lamar Jackson must like that trend, heading into one of the best second-tier bowl matchups of this season, a Citrus Bowl date with Louisiana State.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 31 @ 11 a.m. ET
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Additional Read: LSU vs Louisville Betting

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Citrus Bowl Matchup

LSU began the season with hopes of making the College Football Playoff. But early-season losses to Wisconsin and Auburn not only killed those chances, they cost coach Les Miles his job. The Tigers then won three straight under interim Ed Orgeron, then finished 2-2, with tough losses to both participants in the SEC championship game, Alabama and Florida.

Louisiana State ended on a high note, a 54-39 victory at Texas A&M. The Tigers broke loose for 622 yards of offense, as quarterback Danny Etling threw for 324 and running back Derrius Guice boogied for 285 and four touchdowns. Since the change at head coach, LSU has outgained and outrushed every opponent except the Crimson Tide.

Louisville started 4-0, demolishing Florida State along the way. The Cardinals then lost a crazy game at eventual ACC champion Clemson. Louisville bounced back to win its next five, remaining in the conversation for a spot in the CFP, but lost badly at Houston, then fell 41-38 as four-touchdown favorites in the season finale against Kentucky.

The Cardinals racked up 561 yards of offense against the Wildcats, but turned the ball over four times, twice in the red zone, the second time while driving for the tiebreaking score with two minutes to go. Meanwhile, the defense gave up 581 yards of Kentucky offense. So while Louisville outgained each of its first 10 opponents this season, the Cardinals have been outgained in their last two games.

Playing what Sagarin's ratings at USAToday.com call the 11th-toughest schedule in the nation this season, LSU ranks 60th in total offense at 426 yards per game and 20th in rushing at 238 YPG. On the other side of the ball, the Tigers rank 13th in total defense, allowing just 323 YPG, and 16th against the run, holding opponents to 122 YPG.

Louisville, playing the 70th-rated schedule, ranks second in the nation in total offense at 559 YPG, 10th in rushing at 257 YPG and No. 1 in scoring at 45 points per game. And defensively the Cardinals rank No. 11 overall, allowing just 316 YPG, and 10th vs. the run, holding foes to 110 YPG.

Citrus Bowl Betting Trends
  • Louisville is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games after consecutive losses.
  • Louisville is 21-8 SU in its last 29 games after losing as a favorite.
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Louisville's last 17 games.
  • LSU is 1-4 ATS in its last five games in the postseason.
  • LSU is 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of LSU's last 15 games.

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Citrus Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1996Capital One BowlTennessee48Northwestern28+9TENNTENN
1997Capital One BowlPenn State6Florida21-15PushFLA
1998Capital One BowlArkansas31Michigan45-2.5MICHMICH
1999Capital One BowlMichigan State37Florida34-1MICHSTMICHST
2000Capital One BowlAuburn28Michigan31-8AUBRNMICH
2001Capital One BowlMichigan17Tennessee45-3.5TENNTENN
2002Capital One BowlAuburn13Penn State9-7.5AUBRNAUBRN
2003Capital One BowlGeorgia34Purdue27+3.5GEORGIGEORGI
2004Capital One BowlIowa30LSU25-6IOWAIOWA
2005Capital One BowlWisconsin24Auburn10-10WISCSNWISCSN
2006Capital One BowlWisconsin17Arkansas14-2.5WISCSNWISCSN
2007Capital One BowlMichigan41Florida35-10.5MICHMICH
2008Capital One BowlMichigan State12Georgia24-9GEORGIGEORGI
2009Capital One BowlLSU17Penn State19-2PushPENNST
2010Capital One BowlMichigan State7Alabama49-8ALABALAB
2011Capital One BowlNebraska13South Carolina30-3S.CAROS.CARO
2012Capital One BowlGeorgia45Nebraska31+10GEORGIGEORGI
2013Capital One BowlSouth Carolina34Wisconsin24-1.5S.CAROS.CARO
2014Citrus BowlMinnesota17Missouri33-3MissouriMissouri
2015Citrus BowlMichigan41Florida7+3.5MichiganMichigan
2016Citrus BowlLSU-Louisville-+3.5  
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