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Can Louisville move the ball on Florida's defense? Louisville averages 298.6 passing yards per game. Florida allows an average of 186.4 passing yards per game. The Gators' defensive line combo of Floyd and end Dominique Easley doesn't give opposing quarterbacks much time to throw. Bridgewater's superior mobility should allow him to escape pressure and get the ball down the field toward receivers Damian Copeland and Eli Rogers. But if the Gators get to Bridgewater frequently, forget it. The Cardinals will have little hope.
Intangibles: If Louisville can keep the game close, Bridgewater has led five fourth-quarter drives that have tied the game or given the Cardinals the lead. But to stay in the game, Louisville needs to sustain some drives and keep its defense off of the field. Meanwhile, motivation will be a factor for the Gators. They are obviously disappointed that they are not playing for the BCS national title, so it'll be interesting to see if they come out with the mindset of stepping on the Cardinals' throats or if they come out sloppy and uninterested.
This is Florida’s seventh trip to a BCS bowl and they are 5-1 in previous games. Only Oklahoma and Ohio State have played in more BCS games. The Gators handled Big East champion Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl a few years ago.