When I was filling out my picks for a college football bowl pool, one of the first picks I made for the Florida Gators to win the Sugar Bowl against the Louisville Cardinals. I figured there was no way that Florida would lose to Louisville with how bad the Big East Conference has been bashed all season long. I guess we were all wrong as Louisville stormed Florida and came away with the upset win.
Florida appeared like the team that was a double-digit underdog after Louisville scored on the first play of the game. I just don’t understand why teams can’t get up for one game after being off for six weeks. Maybe that is the reason after all in the long layoff and then having to practice for just one more game that isn’t for a championship. There really isn’t a great solution for this unless you go to a playoff and have teams playing all the way through December. That simply won’t happen.
It was one of the few times over the last number of years where the Southeastern Conference has looked bad on the big stage. There will be times where this happens again but it isn’t likely in the near future for sure. It is quite possible Florida looked past Louisville and didn’t have much respect for them but I don’t see that being the case either. It was just one night where Louisville got the best of Florida. It wouldn’t happen in a seven-game series and if the teams played ten times, Louisville would probably win twice at the most. It was just a terrible time for a bad night for the Gators.
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