Belk Bowl @ Charlotte, N.C.

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Charlotte, N.C.
852-5151 •
$70-$90; 8 p.m.

What is it about quarterbacks and U of L? Latest in a long line of superlative Louisville passers is freshman sensation Teddy Bridgewater, who has been named to several freshman All-American teams after stepping into the Cards’ starting lineup to beat Kentucky and lead Louisville (7-5) to five wins in its last six games — and a bid to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. Bowl opponent North Carolina State led the nation in interceptions and will enjoy a strong home-state crowd advantage for the game, which is expected to produce a near-capacity attendance of 73,000. But don’t count U of L fans out of any chance to embark on a road trip. The red-and-black brigade roared the loudest and stayed the longest as the Cards rallied for a bowl victory over Southern Mississippi last season in Tampa, and will surely be on the road in large numbers again for this one. And for those homebound for the bowl, there’s always ESPN. —Bill Doolittle

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