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Sugar Bowl 2013: Florida Will Roll to Easy Win over Louisville in BCS Mismatch

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 24:  Matt Jones #24 of the Florida Gators celebrates a touchdown  with Quinton Dunbar #1 during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

While both the Florida Gators (No. 3) and Louisville Cardinals (No. 21) are ranked in the latest BCS Standings, the 2013 Sugar Bowl isn't going to look like a contest between two of the 25 best college football teams in the nation.

It won't look like much of a contest at all.

With all due respect to the Cardinals (10-2), they simply don't belong on the same field with the 11-1 Gators.

Florida's resume this season is littered with wins against big-time opponents: No. 8 LSU, No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 10 South Carolina and No. 12 Florida State.

Louisville's signature win is over an unranked Rutgers squad.

With sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater under center, Louisville's passing attack ranks 24th in the nation.

Bridgewater is averaging nearly 300 passing yards per game. He's completed 69 percent of his passes, thrown for 3,452 yards and takes care of the ball, tossing only seven interceptions to his 25 touchdown passes.

But the Cardinals don't run the ball, ranking 100th in the nation with 127 rushing yards per game. That means that the onus will be on the inexperienced Bridgewater to make plays against a defense that allows 186 passing yards per game, the 15th best mark in the nation.

Louisville's defense has been solid and ranks in the top 50 in most defensive categories, but again, consider the quality of competition that they have faced.

They haven't played anyone that even comes close to Florida's level.

The Cardinals need far too many things to fall their way—being able to control the clock, stop the run and win the turnover battle—for them to hang with a far more talented Gators squad.

By the time it's over, the 2013 Sugar Bowl will look a lot like the 2010 Sugar Bowl, when the Gators beat down a Big East foe (Cincinnati) by 27 points.

This one isn't going to be close.

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