--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
One year removed from a 2-10 year, Louisville football finds itself back in the postseason. The Cards will face Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl in Nashville on Dec. 30. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. (ET), and 3:00 p.m., local time.
Louisville finished the year 7-5, the best turn around in a season in Division I. Their 5-3 conference record marks the second time in ACC history a team went 0-8 to 5-3.
The biggest highlights for Louisville included a 1000-yard rusher and receiver in Javian Hawkins and Tutu Atwell, and Scott Satterfield earning ACC Coach of the Year honors.
Louisville last appeared in the Music City Bowl in 2015, where the Cards defeated Texas A&M 27-21 behind Lamar Jackson's Music City Bowl record 226 rushing yards.
Mississippi State finished 6-6 on the year with a 3-5 mark in the SEC. The Bulldogs won three of their final four games to reach bowl eligibility status. Mississippi State did beat Louisville's rival, Kentucky, earlier in the year 28-13.
Kylin Hill was the SEC's top rusher with 1347 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Quarterback Garrett Shrader added 587 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.
Louisville is 2-3 against Mississippi State. The two foes last faced in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl with the Bulldogs claiming a 31-27 victory.
This will be Louisville's 23rd bowl game. The Cards are 10-11-1 overall in the postseason and have played in a bowl 18 of the last 22 seasons.
Ticket prices have been posted for $108 for club level and $77 for the lower bowl. Purchasing through UofL (www.gocards.com) can result in a 10% discount if fans get tickets in the "UofL fan section."