Date: Dec. 31, 11 a.m. ET on ABC
Location: Camping World Stadium | Orlando
Best moment: Junior running back Leonard Fournette was not healthy for much of the season, but he provided a lasting memory against Ole Miss with one of the great individual performances any of us will ever see. Fournette carried only 16 times in LSU’s 38-21 win, but he racked up 284 rushing yards and scored touchdowns of 59, 76 and 78 yards.
Lowest moment: It has to be the way the Auburn game ended, with LSU’s D.J. Chark catching the winning touchdown pass with zeros on the clock, only to learn upon review that the Tigers did not get the final snap off in time. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva fired coach Les Miles the next day after the 2-2 start.
Key player: At this point, it might be running back Derrius Guice. With several key Tigers -- a group that included Fournette, linebacker Kendell Beckwith and outside linebacker Arden Key -- sitting out the season finale against Texas A&M, Guice broke Fournette’s brand-new school record with 285 rushing yards in a 54-39 win over the Aggies.
Motivation level: Moderate. New head coach Ed Orgeron did an excellent job getting the team amped before each game while compiling a 5-2 record as interim coach. Orgeron’s challenge here will be to convince a team loaded with draft-eligible players to focus on winning their final college game. -- David Ching
Best moment: Beating Florida State 63-20. That game announced Louisville to the college football nation as a playoff contender. The Cards had such a resounding lead that they pulled their starters in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Lamar Jackson saw his Heisman Trophy campaign really take off after gaining 362 yards and scoring five touchdowns (four rushing). Florida State simply had no answers for him.
Lowest moment: Back-to-back losses to end the season. Louisville was ranked No. 5 down the stretch but got embarrassed 36-10 at Houston to see its playoff hopes vanish. To top it all off, the Cardinals lost at home to rival Kentucky, ending a five-game winning streak in the series and closing the regular season with their two worst performances.
Key player: Jackson. Despite those two losses, Jackson is still in the Heisman hunt after becoming the first player in FBS history to throw for more than 3,300 yards and rush for more than 1,500 in a single season -- not to mention the only player in FBS history to throw for 30-plus touchdowns and rush for 20-plus TDs in the regular season.
Motivation level: Moderate. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino cannot be happy with the way the regular season ended. Nor can his players. They are going to have something to prove after weeks in which they have been mocked for losing to double-digit underdogs. But a 10-win season is still in play. And let’s remember what happened last bowl season: a big win over Texas A&M that set 2016 into motion. -- Andrea Adelson