The Sugar Bowl is one of the great games of the season on the 2013 bowl schedule, and today, we are making our Louisville vs. Florida picks and predictions and trying to beat the Sugar Bowl odds here at Cappers Info.
Sugar Bowl Picks: Louisville Cardinals vs. Florida Gators
Date: Wednesday, January 2nd, 8:30 ET
Location: Mercedes Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Sugar Bowl Betting Odds: Florida -14
Louisville vs. Florida Live TV Coverage: ESPN
It wasn’t all that many years ago that the Gators were being led on the field by Urban Meyer, and when that was the case, the man that was the de facto quarterback of the defense was DC Charlie Strong. Strong left when the opportunity came up to take a head coaching gig, albeit one in the Big East. Now though, Florida is back in the big time at the Sugar Bowl, and Strong is joining it, just on the other sideline with Louisville, the Big East champ. This isn’t going to be a game with a slew of points in it, but it is one that could be tremendously interesting, knowing that Strong would love nothing more than to stick it to the SEC and the team that he led in a previous life.
It’s just not a good sign for the Cardinals though, that the Gators have figured out some of their problems on offense. It took three months, but the game against the Florida State Seminoles was the best of the career for QB Jeff Driskel, and it proved that the offense is indeed there to get the job done. Driskel and this UF offense rank a woeful 103rd in the land at 338.0 yards per game this year, and a lot of that is thanks to the fact that the passing attack in a wide open offense ranked 118th at 143.4 yards per game. Driskel was a nightmare at times, and at times, the threat had to be there that he was going to get benched.
The only reason that we don’t think this one is going to end up in an upset is because we just don’t know where the Cardinals are going to be scoring from. QB Teddy Bridgewater is great, and we do think that he is going to get a little something going in this one, but Florida ranked fifth in the nation in total defense and third in scoring defense, and the argument could be made that there is a ton of NFL talent out there on the field in blue and orange. That being said, the Cardinals were not a joke this year for most of the season. They ran out of gas at the end, but the hope that we have is that Strong and the gang have gotten this group re-energized after winning the de facto Big East Championship Game on the road at Rutgers, and that will at least carry this team to a relatively close showing on Wednesday night at the Sugar Bowl.
Louisville vs. Florida Pick: Louisville Cardinals +14
Sugar Bowl Score Prediction: Florida 22 – Louisville 16