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Sugar Bowl 2013: Florida Gators Will Play Louisville Cardinals

With reports that Northern Illinois has indeed finished in the Top 16 of the BCS and that the rankings released tonight will reflect that, Louisville is moving bowls but they will remain in the BCS Bowl Series.

The Oklahoma Sooners will not. With the Huskies earning a bid in the Orange Bowl, Oklahoma has been bounced from the Sugar Bowl and will instead be playing in the Cotton Bowl against old Big 12 foe Texas A&M.

What this  means for Louisville is that they will be shifting from the Orange Bowl to the Sugar Bowl to face the Florida Gators. Louisville earned the right to a bowl game over the Sooners as the Cardinals won the majority share of the Big East title. There was some early speculation that the Cardinals would get passed over for the likes of Pittsburgh but the final rankings put any doubt to rest that Louisville was BCS bound.

The Florida Gators also looked iffy when it came to a BCS berth but thanks to the loss by Georgia on Saturday, the Gators BCS hopes were all up guaranteed. Had Alabama lost, conspiracy theorists could have argued that voters would have been more generous to the Crimson Tide but the Bulldogs didn’t plummet that far.

However, it was far enough to keep them out of a BCS bowl game.

Louisville doesn’t match up that well against the Florida Gators, and some critics of the selection BCS system are saying these games will all be one sided blowouts, but this is college football and in Bowl Season, anything is possible.

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