When Florida takes on Louisville in the Sugar Bowl in about two weeks, it will mark the ninth appearance for the Gators in the annual clash. They sport a record of 3-5 in those previous eight games, the biggest of which was a victory in the 1997 Sugar Bowl that gave them a national championship.
Florida's first Sugar Bowl came in 1966. In that game, the Gators made a furious fourth-quarter comeback but came up just short in a 20-18 loss to Missouri. It was much of the same for Florida in its first five Sugar Bowls, four of which were losses. However, the Gators have turned things around of late. They have won two of their last three matchups, including a 51-24 thumping of Cincinnati in 2010.
Amidst all of these games were a few standout performances by Gator players. They came courtesy of some of the most famous men in program history, including two Heisman Trophy winners. It remains to be seen if we'll see another noteworthy performance against the Cardinals, but one thing is certain: Each player will be looking to put together four quarters on par with those of past Gator greats.
For now, however, here are the top five performances by Florida Gators in Sugar Bowl history.