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No. 16 Louisville looks for 11-win season facing Southern California in Holiday Bowl

By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Southern California (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) vs. No. 16 Louisville (10-3, 7-1 ACC), Dec. 27, 8 p.m. ET



USC: QB Caleb Williams (3,633 yards passing, 30 TD passes, 11 TD runs); WR Brenden Rice (12 TD catches); RB MarShawn Lloyd (820 yards rushing, nine TDs).

Louisville: QB Jack Plummer (3,063 yards passing, 21 TDs); RB Jawhar Jordan (1,128 yards rushing, 13 TDs); WR Jamari Thrash (63 catches, 858 yards, six TDs); DL Ashton Gillotte (11 sacks, three forced fumbles).


USC ended the season on a three-game losing streak and has not played a game since Nov. 18 when it lost to UCLA. The biggest question about the Trojans will be whether Williams opts out of the bowl game. Backup QB Miller Moss appeared in four games and was 23 of 32 for 309 yards and one TD this season.

Louisville won 10 games for the first time since 2013 in the first season under Jeff Brohm. Louisville’s offense was held out of the end zone and had just 188 yards in the ACC championship game against Florida State. The Cardinals had scored at least 31 points in the final four games of the regular season.


First meeting ever between the two schools.


USC will make its 57th all-time bowl appearance and its fourth in the Holiday Bowl, all coming in the past 10 years. The Trojans are 1-2 in their previous Holiday Bowl trips. USC has lost its last three bowl games, including last season’s 46-45 loss to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl.

Louisville is 12-12-1 all-time in bowl games and has won two of its past three bowl trips, including last year’s 24-7 win over Cincinnati in the Fenway Bowl.

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