Florida vs. Louisville: Sugar Bowl Breakdown
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater knows which fictional character the Cardinals need to emulate to beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl. "Games like these," Bridgewater said, "we're going to try to put an 'S' on our chests and a cape on our back." More specifically, the sophomore from Miami must be faster than a Matt Elam, more powerful than a Sharrif Floyd and able to leap Jon Bostics in a single bound for Louisville to have a chance against a team that went 11-1 and beat four teams (Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina and Florida State) that finished the regular season with a combined record of 41-8.
Against the Gators, the Cardinals face a talent deficit at almost every position except quarterback. Bridgewater is the player most likely to serve as an equalizer. Of course, Florida has beaten some pretty good quarterbacks already -- including Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. "[Bridgewater] is just another guy," Florida defensive tackle Floyd said. "He is not his whole team. He needs his O-line. He needs his receivers. So we will use our game plan and do what we need to do."
So which will Bridgewater be in New Orleans? Will he be Superman, or will Florida's defense render him just another mild-mannered quarterback?
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If Florida is motivated, the Gators should handle the Cardinals easily. But if Florida doesn't take Louisville seriously and starts slow, this will be a close game in the fourth quarter.