Will Muschamp says Gators "honored" to play in Sugar Bowl
One year after barely qualifying for a bowl game at all, the Florida Gators are going to a BCS bowl.
Florida (11-1) finished the season ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings, behind No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama, and will play Louisville (10-2) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. The Gators will be making their 22nd consecutive bowl appearance, the second-longest streak in the nation and tops in the SEC.
This will be Florida’s first BCS bowl appearance since a 51-24 victory over Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, and the Gators’ ninth overall appearance in the Sugar Bowl. Florida is 3-5 in its eight previous Sugar Bowl appearances, which includes a 52-20 victory over Florida State for the 1997 National Championship. Louisville is making its first appearance in the Sugar Bowl.
“We’re honored to play in New Orleans,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said Sunday night. “New Orleans is a great place for a lot of Gators, it was their first national championship in 1996. I have a lot of respect for Louisville and the football team they have.
Louisville earned a BCS bid with its 20-17 victory over Rutgers this past Thursday.
“We’re so excited here at the University of Louisville to be playing an opponent like the University of Florida,” Louisville coach Charlie Strong said. “Our football team has done a great job. It’s a resilient team, a team that we had two of our stumbles late in the season, but from the onset we played pretty well. And I’m just so happy for this program and so happy for this university.”