UofL FOOTBALL | Final Preparations for Citrus Bowl
12/30/2016 08:42 PM
Game day is almost here.
The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl between #13 Louisville (9-3) and #20 LSU (7-5) takes place Saturday.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. ET inside Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.
Both head coaches, UofL’s Bobby Petrino and LSU’s Ed Orgeron, held one final pre-game press conference on Friday morning.
Many experts believe the game will be decided which side plays better when the UofL offense is on the field against the LSU defnese. Despite having one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, Petrino said it will be a challenge to beat the LSU defense.
“I think they’ll be the most talented defense that we’ve went against this year,” said Petrino. “They’re very physical up front and do a great job in their run gaps. Their linebackers are big and can run and are physical and they’ve got guys that can match up and play man coverage. So I think just the number of snaps of man coverage that they play will be new to us than most of the people we’ve played this year.”
Plenty of non-football questions were also directed at Petrino on Friday, including the shooting of two defensive players, James Hearns and Henry Famurewa, earlier this month.
“Unfortunately, we had the issue with two players being shot, and that was something that was a tragedy, something that we talked to our team about, that we’re very fortunate that we’re not at a funeral right now, that both of them are healthy and have an opportunity to continue their career and get their degrees and do everything that they came to the University of Louisville to do,” said Petrino.
Both Hearns and Famurewa are listed as out for Saturday’s game.
Of course, “Wakey Leaks” has arguably been a distraction as well for the team as it gets ready for its bowl game. But, Petrino credits the players for staying focused on the task at hand: