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Wednesday December 19, 2012Countdown to the Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville Game Notes

After finishing the regular season 11-1 (7-1 SEC), Florida was selected to the Allstate Sugar Bowl to face Big East Champion Louisville (10-2, 5-2 Big East). This will be just the third meeting between the two schools (1980, 1992) and the first in a bowl game.


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.


2012 Season Highlights


•  Florida currently has a school-record 4-game bowl win streak. UF and Florida State are tied for the most active bowl wins with four each. Florida is 20-19 all-time in bowl games.

•  Head Coach 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).

•  In UF history, 6 teams have started a season 11-1 or better through 12 games. This year marks the fifth time that the Gators have won 11 games in the regular season (1995, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012).


Year          Started    Finished

1995          12-0          12-1* (lost Fiesta Bowl)

1996          11-1          12-1* (won Sugar Bowl)

2006          11-1          13-1* (won BCS Championship)

2008          11-1          13-1* (won BCS Championship)

2009          12-0          13-1 (won Sugar Bowl)

2012          11-1          TBD

*SEC Champions


•  The Gators finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the BCS Standings, marking their third-highest finish in the final BCS poll. UF finished No. 2 in 2006 and 2008, winning the BCS National Championship both times.

•  Florida defeated 3 top-10 opponents this season for the second time in school history and are 4-1 against ranked opponents. UF’s four wins against ranked opponents is tied for the second-most in the nation (Stanford, 5).

•  Florida beat 7 bowl-eligible teams against the nation’s toughest schedule according to NCAA and are 7-1 against bowl teams.

•  The Gators are 4-1 against current BCS Top 12 teams. The top 2 in the BCS are a combined 4-1 against BCS Top 12 teams.

•  In 5 games against top-12 BCS opponents, the Gators’ average score was 24.8-15.4. UF limited those opponents to 259.6 ypg and forced 15 turnovers. Only one of those 5  opponents gained over 300 yards of offense against Florida (TAMU - 334, its lowest output of the season).

•  The Gator defense has allowed just 12.9 points per game, the fewest in school history since 1964 (9.8).


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