Mississippi State to play in TaxSlayer Bowl

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The Cardinals (8-4, 4-4 ACC) are led by 2x ACC player of the year and 2017 Heisman trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. Originally known as the Gator Bowl, the TaxSlayer Bowl has been played continuously since the 1945 season, making it the sixth-oldest existing bowl game.

The University of Louisville football team has accepted a bid to the TaxSlayer.com Bowl, to be played in Jacksonville, Fla., on December 30. "I want to congratulate our team for a terrific season and earning the right to play one more. We look forward to seeing our Bulldog family turn out in Jacksonville as we play in a Florida bowl for the fifth time in eight seasons".

Now that the College Football Playoffs have been set, Bowl assignments have started to be announced.

Reigning Heisman victor Lamar Jackson had another stat sheet-loading season, and received ACC Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. The Cardinals are 10-10-1 overall in bowl games and 3-4 under Petrino.


He will take on a Bulldog defense that's been one of the best in the SEC, but will now be without defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who went to Florida with former MSU head coach Dan Mullen. Jackson has scored 42 total touchdowns (25 passing, 17 rushing).

"Playing a bowl game in the state of Florida is a great reward for our players, staff and fans", Petrino said.

This will be the school's 22nd overall bowl game appearance and eighth under head coach Bobby Petrino. "Our players are ready to get back to practice".

Louisville (8-4) is led by former Pascagoula High wide receiver Jaylen Smith. It will be the fifth time the two schools have faced off but the first since September 18, 1976 in Starkville. MSU won all four previous meetings on the field but had to vacate wins in 1975 and 1976.

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