Sugar Bowl Bound: Louisville to Face Florida in New Orleans

After clinching its second straight BIG EAST Conference championship, No. 21 Louisville earned its second BCS bowl berth in school history and will take on No. 3 Florida in the 79th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl. The game is set for Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m., ET in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., and the matchup will be televised nationally by ESPN.

The Cardinals (10-2), making their third major bowl appearance in school history after defeating Wake Forest in the 2007 Orange Bowl and knocking off Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl, closed the 2012 regular season with a 20-17 win at No. 25 Rutgers last Thursday to win a share of the BIG EAST title. Louisville, making its third straight bowl appearance, clinched the league’s BCS berth by winning the tiebreaker as the conference’s highest ranked squad.

Florida (11-1) enters the Sugar Bowl following a 37-26 road victory over rival Florida State in the regular season finale on Nov. 24. The Gators will be making their 22nd-straight bowl appearance, which ranks first in the SEC and second nationally. This will also be Florida’s 19th January Bowl game since 1993, the highest total in the country.

More information on Louisville’s Sugar Bowl matchup with Florida is available on the Bowl Central page at GoCards.com.

Bowl Game Notes

  • The Cardinals are making their 17th all-time bowl appearance (7-8-1 record).

  • Louisville will be making its fifth January bowl appearance and will play in a January bowl game for the first time since the 2006 season.

  • This will be the first time Louisville plays in the Sugar Bowl.

  • The last time a BIG EAST team played in the Sugar Bowl was Cincinnati (2010).

  • The Cardinals have compiled an 11-30-1 record all-time against the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and are making their second appearance against an SEC foe in a bowl game. Louisville defeated Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 1991.

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