Louisville will travle to Jacksonville to conclude its season against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Find the TV channel, game time, picks and how to watch online information below.
Louisville football TV channel for Mississippi State game
Louisville vs. Mississippi State will be on ESPN.
Louisville live stream online for Mississippi State game
Louisville vs. Mississippi State can be watched online at WatchESPN.
Louisville football picks for Mississippi State game
Pick: Louisville 40.1-Mississippi State 29.5 (from the OddsShark computer)
Odds: Louisville -6.5
Louisville football game time vs. Mississippi State
Louisville vs. Mississippi State will kick off at 12 p.m. ET.
Louisville preview, keys to the game vs. Mississippi State
In many ways, Louisville’s season has been an inverse of last year. The Cardinals started the year 9-1 and were in the midst of the College Football Playoff race before finishing the season by losing their last three games, including a Citrus Bowl matchup with LSU.
This year, Louisville got off to a disappointing start, falling out of the rankings after losing to N.C. State, Boston College and Wake Forest in a three-week span. Since, however, the team has found its stride, winning three games in a row and scoring 138 combined points in the process.
The Cardinals will look to stay hot in a matchup against Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The game figures to be the last game in a Louisville uniform for quarterback Lamar Jackson, who followed up his Heisman Trophy-winning season by finishing third in the voting this year. Statistically, at least, Jackson has been even better this season.
Jackson leads the nation in total offense per game by a wide margin, averaging 411 yards per game on the season. Last year, he averaged 393. As a whole, Louisville’s offense ranks third nationally, averaging just over 560 yards per game.
That offense will face a tough test against the Bulldogs. Mississippi State ranks 10th nationally in total defense, allowing opponents just 302 yards per game. The Bulldogs have been especially stingy against the pass, giving up just 175 yards per game through the air. Jackson, by contrast, is averaging 290.8 passing yards per game.
Mississippi State will likely have to keep the game low-scoring to have a chance to beat the Cardinals. The Bulldogs lost starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald for the season due to a broken ankle suffered in their season finale against Ole Miss. Freshman backup Keytaon Thompson has attempted just 46 passes in his career, completing 21 for 261 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. However, Thompson has established himself as a rushing threat, racking up 121 yards and a score on the ground against Ole Miss.
Perhaps even more damaging than being without its starting quarterback, Mississippi State will be without its head coach for the game. Dan Mullen left the Bulldogs for Florida on Nov. 26. Running backs coach Greg Knox will serve as the Bulldogs’ interim coach for the bowl game, before handing the reigns over to former Penn State head coach Joe Moorhead.
If Louisville is able to move the ball against Mississippi State’s defense and take advantage of the Bulldogs’ shorthanded offense, the Cardinals should be able to send Jackson out a winner.