This Saturday morning, the Tigers will get back on the field to play in the Citrus Bowl against 13th-ranked Louisville (9-3) in Orlando, Fla.

Ever since LSU’s Thanksgiving night victory, players have been spectators to a wave of change in Baton Rouge.

They’ve seen Ed Orgeron take over as permanent head coach, they’ve seen defensive coordinator Dave Aranda become the highest paid assistant in the country and they’ve seen the school hire Matt Canada as the new offensive coordinator.

Now, they can finally focus on football.

This Saturday morning, the Tigers will get back on the field to play in the Citrus Bowl against 13th-ranked Louisville (9-3) in Orlando, Fla.

The two teams will head into the game on opposite ends of the spectrum.

LSU ended the regular season with a much-needed road victory over Texas A&M, despite having multiple starters out for the game with injuries.

In putting up 54 points and 622 total yards, Derrius Guice set a new school record for most rushing yards in a single game with 285. In doing so, he broke the 284-yard mark set by teammate Leonard Fournette earlier in the season.

On the other hand, Louisville—who at one time was one of the hottest teams in the country—limps into the Citrus Bowl after losing their final two games.

After an embarrassing 36-10 loss to Houston in which they allowed 11 sacks, the Cardinals lost an exciting shootout to Kentucky in their regular season finale, 41-38.

Regardless of the late-season struggles, Louisville will still have the best player in college football lining up under center. Quarterback Lamar Jackson comes into the contest fresh off of winning the Heisman Trophy.

The stats Jackson put up this season are mind-boggling. He passed for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns, opposed to just nine interceptions. And on the ground, Jackson added 1,538 yards and 21 scores.

Aranda said that his defense will face a tremendous challenge to stop Jackson and the Cardinal offense—which averages 45 points per game.

“The quarterback does such a great job at creating plays with his feet,” Aranda said. “He’s got a lively arm. That combined with the pass concepts they run, if you’re in quarters coverage, you’re going to get the hardest routes to defend in quarters. If you’re in man a lot, you’re in a lot of bunch, rub routes. We’ve been getting those lately.”

Complimenting Jackson in the run game is Brandon Radcliff. Radcliff rushed for 877 yards and six touchdowns this season.

The Cardinal receiving corps is as balanced as any corps in the country.

They have four players that have at least 593 yards receiving. James Quick leads the team with 688 yards and six scores.

“I give credit to Coach (Bobby) Petrino. What they do best is when you think it’s pass, they run it. When you think it’s run, they throw it. They keep everything off balance,” Aranda said.

Petrino is no stranger to facing LSU defenses.

In his four years coaching at Arkansas, his teams went 2-2 against the Tigers. In those four games, the Razorbacks averaged 27 points per game against LSU.

However, the Tiger defense has proven to be one of the best units in the country in the first season under Aranda.

They have only allowed 16 touchdowns all year. They head into the bowl game surrendering just 16 points per contest.

Though, the Tigers will head into the bowl game shorthanded. They’ll be without All-SEC middle linebacker and leading tackler Kendall Beckwith. Beckwith tore his ACL in the home loss to Florida.

In the nine-plus games prior to Beckwith’s injury, the Tigers only allowed 10 touchdowns. In the seven quarters following the injury, the LSU defense gave up six touchdowns.

The much-maligned Tiger offense will have to take advantage of their opportunities.

The Cardinal defense has struggled at times. They have given up at least 28 points on five separate occasions.

Statistically, though, they hold their own.

They rank 38th against the pass.

The Tiger passing attack, led by Danny Etling, has played much better ever since the 10-0 loss to Alabama. Since that defeat, Etling has passed for 228 yards per contest with no interceptions.

The Louisville run defense is actually ranked 11th, only yielding 110 yards per contest. They held one of the best backs in the country in Florida State’s Dalvin Cook to just 54 yards on 16 carries earlier in the season.

For the fifth time this year, the Tigers will be without Fournette as he announced he would not play in the game.

Therefore, once again, it will be on the shoulders of Guice. On just 157 carries this season, Guice has rushed for 1,249 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The Tigers’ showdown with Louisville on Saturday will mark the third time LSU has faced the season’s Heisman Trophy winner in a bowl. They are 1-1 in those matchups.

In the 1974 Orange Bowl, the Tigers lost, 16-9, to Penn State and Heisman winner John Cappelletti. In the 2004 national title game, LSU beat Oklahoma and their Heisman winning quarterback Jason White, 21-14.