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Florida Gators are Sugar Bowl bound

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 3 Florida Gators will be headed to New Orleans for the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl, taking on the No. 21 Louisville Cardinals on Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Second-year coach Will Muschamp led his team to an improbable 11-1 regular season finish against one of the nation's toughest schedules just one year after finishing 7-6.

Meanwhile, third-year coach Charlie Strong led the Cardinals to a Big East title with a 10-2 season. The former Florida defensive coordinator is a candidate for multiple high-profile job openings which could make things interesting for Louisville as it prepares to take on the Gators.

Florida and Louisville have a handful of familiar ties, starting with Strong. Along with Strong, Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Bedford and running backs coach Kenny Carter have also served on staff at Florida before.

Louisville also boasts a handful of former Florida players who have transferred. Former Gators cornerback Adrian Bushell, wide receiver Robert Clark and tight end Gerald Christian all play for the Cardinals.

Florida is 3-5 in its eight trips to the Sugar Bowl. The Gators are currently on a four-game bowl winning streak, a school record. They will be making their eighth-straight January bowl appearance, the longest active streak in the nation.

The Gators will also be appearing in a BCS bowl for the seventh time, best in the SEC and tied for third nationally. Florida's five BCS bowl wins are tied for the most nationally.

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