Louisville had their best regular season since 2006 and are headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans January 2.
The Cardinals had to fight for every victory and several games went down to the wire, but they were able to end their season with a 10-2 record.
Head coach Charlie Strong has a lot of affection for his young team. With a quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater and an athletic defense, the Cardinals will take on the Florida Gators January 2.
The coaching staff was worried about the youth and inexperience of the team before the season, but it seemed that a different player stepped up for the Cardinals each week.
Strong said of his team before the season started via GoCards.com:
We know there are only nine seniors, but the leadership is there because we have the guys that have played enough. We are still a young football team, but there are enough guys that have played that we feel comfortable, even if it’s a junior or senior, with whoever can step up and be a leader. That is what we are looking for. I know by looking at the way the guys are working they are responding well, but we are only five days into it and we still have a number of practices left to go. We just continue to watch how we develop as a football team. Once you develop the leadership, you start developing as a team. The leaders can inspire, direct and pull together a group of men in the right direction, which we have not been able to do the past two years.
Louisville has won their second straight Big East title and will go to their third straight bowl game, let's see how they got there.
Jon Hancock is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.
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