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9:57 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Louisville Cardinals to Face Miami in Russell Athletic Bowl; No Bowl Bid For WKU

Louisville will play Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28 in Orlando.

The Cards accepted their bowl bid last week and found out today they will face the Hurricanes.

The 18th-ranked Cardinals (11-1) entered the preseason as the American Athletic Conference favorite, but blew a 21-point lead in their lone loss of the season to Central Florida.

The loss also dealt a blow to the Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's Hurricanes (9-3) won their first seven games of the season and were ranked in the Top 10 before losing three in a row to Florida State, Virginia Tech and Duke.

Miami recovered to win its final two games of the year and will be playing in its first bowl game since 2010. The Hurricanes had a self-imposed bowl ban in 2011 and 2012 because of an NCAA investigation.

Despite an 8-4 finish this season, the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers won't play in a bowl game. The Hilltoppers play in the Sun Belt Conference, which is aligned with the New Orleans Bowl and the GoDaddy Bowl. Those bids went to Louisiana Lafayette and Arkansas State, respectively, and WKU did not receive an at-large bid for any other bowl openings.