Lousiville Cardinals Can Beat the Florida Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl

By M. Shannon Smallwood
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The Allstate Sugar Bowl is always one of the best and most competitive Bowl Games year in and year out.

But there are a lot of folks questioning tonight’s match up between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals.

The Big East vs the SEC


Not exactly the BCS Game of the ages…

But let’s think of this in future terms as ACC Football getting another crack at the powerful SEC.

With all the changes that are coming in 2013 and 2014 the Big East is dead. Syracuse Orange notched a huge win for the ACC in the Pinstripe Bowl if everyone wants to jump on board with this line of thinking.


Now that everyone is on the same page, let’s take a look at how exactly the Cardinal can take down the Gators tonight in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The plan of attack for Louisville is a simple one. Keep Teddy Bridgewater upright, healthy and protect him to be able to make plays.

Head Coach Charlie Strong has plenty of experience with the SEC and the Gators and if anyone can devise a plan to upset the world of College Football he is the guy.

But Florida is not your run of the mill SEC team. There is a reason why the computers jumped them ahead of the Georgia Bulldogs (which for the record was a mistake). Will Muschamp will have his team ready for the explosive talents of Bridgewater and the Cardinal offense.

Afterall, Bridgewater is exciting, but he isn’t Johnny Manziel

It is a fact Florida has seen a team of Louisville’s talent a few times this season…

It is also a fact that the Cardinals have not seen a team of the Gators talent yet this season…

But if Louisville can get a few turnovers and figure out the Florida defense they have a much more powerful offense to win this game than folks are giving them credit for to this point.

So for arguments sake (and to welcome the future member of the ACC to the brotherhood) look for Bridgewater and the Cardinals to figure things out and put up some points and pull of the upset, 42-31.

Take that SEC…

And the ACC will then officially claim it went 6-2 this Bowl Season.


M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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