NCAA FOOTBALL | Trio of Commonwealth Teams Earns Spots in FBS Bowl Games

12/04/2016 04:18 PM

A trio of Kentucky NCAA FBS football programs found out which bowl games they will be playing in on Sunday afternoon.

The #13 Louisville Cardinals (9-3) learned they will face #20 LSU (7-4) in this year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31 in Orlando, Fla.

Kickoff will be at 11 a.m. ET inside Camping World Stadium.

The Cards were hoping to get into a New Year’s Six Bowl Game, but #11 Florida St. (9-3) will instead be representing the ACC in this year’s Orange Bowl.

A month ago, Louisville was trying to make the argument it should play in the College Football Playoff, but then, it lost its final two games of the regular season, at Houston and against Kentucky. Those losses knocked the Cardinals out of contention for the College Football Playoff.

The Citrus Bowl will be UofL’s seventh straight bowl game appearance. It topped Texas A&M last year in the Music City Bowl.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ Governor’s Cup rivals, the Kentucky Wildcats (7-5), learned they will be in Florida at the same time as the Cards.

UK will take on Georgia Tech (8-4) in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. on Dec. 31. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. ET inside EverBank Field.

Unlike the Cardinals, the Wildcats finished the season strong. After starting the year 0-2, Kentucky won seven of its final ten games.

It will be the first bowl game for UK since the 2010 season.

And finally, the Conference USA champions, WKU Hilltoppers (10-3), accepted an invitation to play Memphis (8-4) in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. ET Dec. 20 inside Boca Raton, Florida’s FAU Stadium.

It will be the third consecutive bowl game for Western Kentucky, and its fourth in the last five seasons.

The Toppers are coming off their second straight C-USA Championship Game victory, after beating Louisiana Tech 58-44 on Saturday.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News and anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

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