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Louisville football to play USC in Holiday Bowl to cap Jeff Brohm's first season

A promising first season under head coach Jeff Brohm has the Louisville football team headed to the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl.

The Cardinals (10-3) will face the University of Southern California (7-5) on Dec. 27 at Petco Park in San Diego.

U of L enters its third consecutive bowl game on a two-game losing streak, dropping its regular-season finale to archrival Kentucky, 38-31, and Saturday's ACC Championship to No. 3 Florida State, 16-6.

The Seminoles were left out of the College Football Playoff despite their unbeaten run to a conference title. They landed in the Capital One Orange Bowl, ending Louisville's chance of reaching its first New Year's Six game since 2013.

This will be the first Holiday Bowl appearance for Louisville and the fourth for USC (2014, 2015, 2019). The Trojans have a 1-2 record in the San Diego game with the sole win coming in 2014, 45-42 over Nebraska.

Here's a quick look what you need to know about the Holiday Bowl matchup:

When is the Holiday Bowl?

Nov 18, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm looks on from the sideline against the Miami Hurricanes during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 18, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Jeff Brohm looks on from the sideline against the Miami Hurricanes during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Kickoff between Louisville and USC in the Holiday Bowl is scheduled for 5 p.m. (8 p.m. EST), Dec. 27 at Petco Park in San Diego.

How to get tickets to Louisville vs. USC in the Holiday Bowl

Fans during the Louisville-Kentucky game. Nov. 24, 2023
Fans during the Louisville-Kentucky game. Nov. 24, 2023

Tickets can be purchased through the Holiday Bowl's official website.

What channel is the Holiday Bowl on? How to watch, livestream

Sep 6, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; The Louisville Cardinals run out of the tunnel on to the field to take on the Mississippi Rebels at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; The Louisville Cardinals run out of the tunnel on to the field to take on the Mississippi Rebels at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Holiday Bowl will air on FOX. Qualified subscribers can livestream the game via FOX Sports.

To do so for free, click on the following links for either fuboTV (FREE TRIAL) or YouTube TV (FREE TRIAL).

Louisville football's bowl history

Louisville head coach Deion Branch holds up the trophy as his players celebrate around him after their 24-7 win over Cincinnati in the Fenway Bowl NCAA college football game at Fenway Park Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Louisville head coach Deion Branch holds up the trophy as his players celebrate around him after their 24-7 win over Cincinnati in the Fenway Bowl NCAA college football game at Fenway Park Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Louisville is 12-12-1 in bowl games, Its first was a 34-20 win over Drake in the Sun Bowl on Jan. 1, 1958.

The Cardinals have won five of their last nine bowl appearances, including last year's 24-7 victory over Cincinnati in the Fenway Bowl in Boston.

U of L hasn't won back-to-back bowl games since beating Florida 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2013, then defeating Miami, 36-9, in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28, 2013.

See U of L's full bowl history below:

  • Dec. 17, 2022: Louisville 24, Cincinnati 7 (Fenway Bowl)

  • Dec. 28, 2021: Air Force 31, Louisville 28 (First Responder Bowl)

  • Dec. 30, 2019: Louisville 38, Mississippi State 28 (Music City Bowl)

  • Dec. 30, 2017: Mississippi State 31, Louisville 27 (TaxSlayer Bowl)

  • Dec. 31, 2016: LSU 29, Louisville 9 (Citrus Bowl)

  • Dec. 30, 2015: Louisville 27, Texas A&M 21 (Music City Bowl)

  • Dec. 30, 2014: Georgia 37, Louisville 14 (Belk Bowl)

  • Dec. 28, 2013: Louisville 36, Miami 9 (Russell Athletic Bowl)

  • Jan. 2, 2013: Louisville 33, Florida 23 (Sugar Bowl)

  • Dec. 27, 2011: N.C. State 31, Louisville 24 (Belk Bowl)

  • Dec. 21, 2010: Louisville 31, Southern Mississippi 28 (Beef O'Brady's Bowl)

  • Jan. 2, 2007: Louisville 24, Wake Forest 13 (Orange Bowl)

  • Jan. 2, 2006: Virginia Tech 35, Louisville 24 (Gator Bowl)

  • Dec. 31, 2004: Louisville 44, Boise State 40 (Liberty Bowl)

  • Dec. 18, 2003: Miami (Ohio) 49, Louisville 28 (GMAC Bowl)

  • Dec. 18, 2002: Marshall 38, Louisville 15 (GMAC Bowl)

  • Dec. 31, 2001: Louisville 28, BYU 10 (Liberty Bowl)

  • Dec 29, 2000: Colorado State 22, Louisville 17 (Liberty Bowl)

  • Dec. 30, 1999: Boise State 34, Louisville 31 (Humanitarian Bowl)

  • Dec. 23, 1998: Marshall 48, Louisville 29 (Motor City Bowl)

  • Dec. 28, 1993: Louisville 18, Michigan State 7 (Liberty Bowl)

  • Jan. 1, 1991: Louisville 34, Alabama 7 (Fiesta Bowl)

  • Dec. 17, 1977: Louisiana Tech 24, Louisville 14 (Independence Bowl)

  • Dec. 19, 1970: Louisville 24, Long Beach State 24 (Pasadena Bowl)

  • Jan. 1, 1958: Louisville 34, Drake 20 (Sun Bowl)

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Holiday Bowl 2023: Louisville vs. USC at Petco Park