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Sunday December 2, 2012Gators No. 3 In Final Bowl Championship Series Standings; Accept Bid To Sugar Bowl

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida football team is No. 3 in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings released on Sunday night and has accepted an invitation to play Big East Champion Louisville (10-2) in the 79th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The game will be televised by ESPN at 8:30 p.m. and it will mark the 27th time that the contest has featured two 10-win teams.

 

The Gators (11-1) 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.

 

This will be the ninth Sugar Bowl appearance by the Gators, tied for the third-most in history. Florida is 3-5 in its eight previous Sugar Bowl appearances, which most recently included a 51-24 win over Cincinnati in the 2010 game and also included a 52-20 victory over Florida State for the 1997 National Championship (1996 season). The Gators’ first Sugar Bowl appearance was in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, a 20-18 loss to Missouri, despite an MVP-performance by quarterback Steve Spurrier.

 

UF has claimed a school-record four-consecutive bowls and will be making its eighth-consecutive January Bowl appearance, the longest active streak in the nation. In addition, the Gators will be appearing in a BCS Bowl for the seventh time, tops in the SEC and tied for the third-best total nationally. Florida’s total of five BCS Bowl wins is tied for the top total in the nation and with a victory it will have the top total in the nation in all-time BCS wins. UF will be making its 40th Bowl appearance.

 

Will Muschamp is the only first time head coach at a BCS-conference school to win 11 regular-season games in his second season after finishing .500 or worse the previous regular season in records back to 1996. Florida improved from a 6-6 regular season in 2011 to an 11-1 regular season in 2012. The five-game turnaround in the regular season marked the biggest one-year leap for the program in 32 years (0-10-1 in 1979, 7-4 regular season in 1980).

 

This will be the third meeting on the gridiron between Florida and Louisville. The first meeting came on Oct. 25, 1980, as the Gators topped the Cardinals, 13-0, in Gainesville. On Oct. 24, 1992, Florida upended Louisville, 31-17, also at The Swamp.

 

Bowl Championship Series Rankings

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. FLORIDA

4. Oregon

5. Kansas State

6. Stanford

7. Georgia

8. LSU

9. Texas A&M

10. South Carolina

 

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