U of L headed to Sugar Bowl

The University of Louisville earned a BCS Bowl berth with a victory over Rutgers last Thursday night. On Sunday, the Cardinals found out the bowl destination would be the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 to meet Florida.

The Big Easy it is.

The University of Louisville football team is headed to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. in the SuperDome.

The Cardinals (10-2), ranked No. 21 in the final BCS standings, will face Florida in the bowl game. With Northern Illinois earning an automatic berth, the Sugar Bowl chose the Big East champion Cardinals.

The fourth-ranked Gators were an automatic selection to a BCS bowl game after finishing third in the BCS standings.

The game puts U of L third-year head coach Charlie Strong against his former team. Strong was the defensive coordinator at Florida.

Strong coached at Florida in four different stints. He was there from 2003-09 the last time and helped the Gators win the 2006 and '08 national titles.

It's the third time the Cardinals have gone to a BCS bowl. U of L won the Fiesta Bowl in 1991 and the Orange Bowl in 2007. The Cardinals are 8-8 all-time in bowl games and 1-1 under Strong.

Florida is headed to the Sugar Bowl for the ninth time with the last one a 51-24 blowout of Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl.

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