USC to play Louisville in Holiday Bowl in San Diego

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams looks to throw the ball during a college football game between the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans on November 18, 2023, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sport

USC will face Louisville in the Holiday Bowl at Petco Park in San Diego on Dec. 27, officials announced Sunday.

The Trojans will bring a disappointing 7-5 record into the game after losing five of their last six contests and finishing tied for fifth place in the Pac-12 Conference.

The Cardinals finished 10-3 and lost Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game to Florida State, 16-6.

The official name of the game is the 44th DIRECTV Holiday Bowl.

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The two schools have never met on the football field, but the Trojans have played in three previous Holiday Bowl games. They beat Nebraska in 2014, 45-42, fell to Wisconsin the following year, 21-23, and lost to Iowa 24-49 in 2019.

Louisville has never played in the Holiday Bowl.

The game will kick off at 5 p.m. and be televised by Fox.

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