LSU faces off against Heisman Trophy winner in Citrus Bowl

Citrus Bowl: The Coach O Factor

(WVUE) - The college bowl match-ups are starting to heat up with some of the bigger names in action, and the first-ever meeting between LSU and Louisville has the potential to be as good as any you'll see this week.

This is where the LSU team and its fans thought the Tigers would start their December, in Atlanta playing for an SEC title. But once again, the hype was more than the substance in Baton Rouge. Instead of playing in the college football playoff, the Tigers are in Orlando meeting up with Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. Four losses gives you a bad time slot of 10 a.m. Central on New Year's Eve, but the players aren't focusing on the negatives. They want to shut down Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and use the Citrus to build on 2017.

"I think every game you play you want to win as a competitor, and then I think there's a lot of momentum to be had with a bowl game win heading into next semester, and have off-season workouts with some momentum and kind of get going on what we want to do, and that's always a big part of the off season that people can forget about," quarterback Danny Etling said.

"It should be a good one," defensive back Donte Jackson said. "We should be able to get out there and gain more confidence and send the seniors off and the guys who are leaving off on a great note. It'll be fun."

"Just the experience with everybody, having fun with my brothers and just having a good time and all the stuff we worked for," said running back Nick Brosette. "It all pays off right here - just having fun, and we get to compete against a good team"

Running back Leonard Fournette declared for the NFL draft and already hired an agent so he's not in Orlando. There's much speculation that safety Jamal Adams could be next, but he responded to reports he has an agent lined up as just lies on Twitter.

FOX 8 will have preview the LSU-Louisville Citrus Bowl matchup with Game Plan on Friday (Dec. 30) at 6:30 p.m.

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