2013 Sugar Bowl

Louisville to Take on the Florida Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  A detail photo of the pylon during the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Ohio State Buckeyes at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jon HancockSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2012

The Louisville Cardinals will play the Florida Gators in New Orleans for the Allstate Suagr Bowl, according to Trey Illes of NOLA.com.

With Charlie Strong being the former defensive coach at Florida, this game will have a lot of great headlines.

Florida went 11-1 this season, there only loss to Georgia at home, 17-9.

Louisville won the Big East title after beating Rutgers last Thursday, 20-17. Louisville went 10-2 this season with losses to Connecticut and Syracuse.

Florida's defense allowed just 12.9 points a game and have played against the most explosive offenses in the country. They also held their opponents to 283.4 yards a game. 

The Gators scored an average of 26.8 points a game.

The Cardinals will have a banged up Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, who has a broken wrist. Bridgewater did play against Rutgers and a terrific game, although he could not take snaps directly under center.

Bridgewater ended his terrific sophomore season with 3,452 passing  yards and 25 touchdowns on 267 of 387 passes.

This will be a huge test for the Louisville Cardinals, but coach Strong will have his team ready. There is still a lot of rumors that Strong may take one of the open SEC open coaching positions, if he does leave it may become a huge distraction for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals will be a huge underdog in this game, but in a BCS bowl game anything can happen.

Both Florida and Louisville fans travel very well and will make the atmosphere one of the best BCS games this year.

The Sugar Bowl will be played in the Super Dome and will be played January 2 on ESPN at 7:30.

 

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