Today’s bowl game
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl
Louisville (6-6) vs. Southern Miss (8-4)
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. The programs are plenty familiar with the other. They met last season (a 25-23 Louisville win), they’re former Conference USA opponents and they faced each other almost every year as independents in the 1980s and ‘90s. Southern Miss, though, has been the more consistent program and is playing in its ninth consecutive bowl game. Louisville is in the postseason for the first time since 2006.
Louisville’s Bilal Powell is ranked 10th in the nation in rushing yards per game, and his top two backups combined to rush for 582 yards. Southern Miss is ranked 13th nationally in rush defense, allowing 113.3 yards per game.
— David Fox, Rivals.com