Friday December 21, 2012Countdown to the Sugar Bowl: Bowl Guide Posted
The publication contains all-access videos, a review of head coach Will Muschamp’s second season, information about the city of New Orleans, team rosters and depth charts and a statistical breakdown of the upcoming matchup in the Bayou between the No. 4 Gators (11-1) and Big East Champion No. 22 Louisville (10-2) on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 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.
Florida will be making its 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.
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.