Miami to face Louisville in Russell Athletic Bowl
The Miami Hurricanes will face No. 18 Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 28 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Miami (9-3) looks to achieve its first double-digit win season in a decade and its first bowl win since 2006, when UM beat Nevada 21-20 in the MPC Computers Bowl.
The Hurricanes will play in a bowl for the first time in three seasons after two years of self-imposed bans while the NCAA investigated improper benefits from a booster. Miami holds a 19-17 bowl record.
“Orlando makes sense for us in so many ways,” UM Director of Athletics Blake James said on Monday. “It gives our fans a great chance to see the program.”
Head coach Al Golden, who was on the road recruiting Sunday night when the news was announced, played in the Blockbuster Bowl (a previous name for this bowl) in 1990 as a member of Penn State’s team.
Formerly known by various names, the Hurricanes are 2-1 in this bowl: a 20-14 loss to Wisconsin in the 2009 Champs Sports, a 46-23 win over NC State in the 1998 Micron PC and a 31-21 victory over Virginia in the 1996 Carquest.
Louisville (11-1), which represents the American Athletic Conference and will join the ACC next season, trails the all-time series 9-1-1 but won the last meeting 31-7 in 2006.
The Cardinals, led by Miami native and senior quarter Teddy Bridgewater, ride a five-game win streak after losing 38-35 to Central Florida. Bridgwater was once committed to UM. The Hurricanes have won two in a row following a three-game skid.