Sugar Bowl 2012: Florida vs. Louisville Preview

Sugar Bowl Preview

1/2/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Allstate Sugar BowlBlog Photo - Sugar Bowl 2012: Florida vs. Louisville Preview
Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2)
January 2, 8:30 ET (ESPN)

What to expect with the Gators: Coach Muschamp will utilize the running game in a big way. Mike Gillislee is the first RB to come through Gainesville to run for 1,000 yards since 2004, and when he’s on his game, the offense seems to work as a well-oiled machine. If the Gators can reach their average of 194.1 rushing yards per game (34th in NCAA), they should easily take care of Louisville. This should be attainable, since the Cardinals’ front seven has proved very inconsistent at times.

Not only will Florida rely on its backfield, but the defense – which is considered one of the best in the nation – will be used as a weapon, too. This is a unit that held Texas A&M to 17 points, LSU to six, South Carolina to 11, and Georgia to 17. That’s a pretty incredible line, and the Gators won’t hesitate to smother opposing QB Teddy Bridgewater.

What to expect with the Cardinals: An air raid. The only chance Louisville has to win this game is if the offensive line can give Teddy Bridgewater enough time to throw the ball, which could end up being 50-plus times.

The Cardinals have struggled to find success on the ground and Florida has an outstanding front seven: UF allows under 100 yards rushing per game. I get the feeling Louisville may be playing from behind for much of the game, so that will only fuel the need for a passing attack.

Synopsis: Bridgewater can only do so much to keep Louisville in the game before Florida’s defense completely takes over. The Gators will effectively pressure the pocket and dominate the line of scrimmage, containing any sort of run game and forcing some timely miscues.

Florida won’t blow us away with an explosive offensive gameplan, but the defense will be enough to help QB Jeff Driskel and Co. hang a pretty number up on the scoreboard.

Florida 30, Louisville 10 --- via Bowl Predictions
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview

1/3/13   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
Yeah, I don't think Florida even tried until the second half, but had already dug themselves too deep a hole. It appeared they just didn't 'get up' for this game. They played the toughest schedule in the country. If motivated, they win that game by the predicted score in this story. Schools who win National Championships just don't care about these meaningless Bowl games. This game meant a lot more to Louisville than it did Florida.

If that was true wouldn't every team who was ranked #3 and had a true argument of playing in the BCS championship game that season would lose these meaningless bowl games, every year? Well, at least 90% of the time.

1/3/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Scott wrote:
Florida looked like a team that didn't come to play early in the game.  By the time they tried to flip the switch, Bridgewater and the Cardinals had delivered the knockout blow.  

Yeah, I don't think Florida even tried until the second half, but had already dug themselves too deep a hole. It appeared they just didn't 'get up' for this game. They played the toughest schedule in the country. If motivated, they win that game by the predicted score in this story. Schools who win National Championships just don't care about these meaningless Bowl games. This game meant a lot more to Louisville than it did Florida.

1/3/13   |   Scott   |   49402 respect

Florida looked like a team that didn't come to play early in the game.  By the time they tried to flip the switch, Bridgewater and the Cardinals had delivered the knockout blow.  

1/2/13   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7027 respect

Aside from a couple of missed field goals and some special teams issues, Louisville has shocked the nation.  I'm so proud.

1/2/13   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

Being in county which is full of Gator' fans, I am cherring for the Cardinals.