Chuck Cook -US PRESSWIRE
Visiting a city like New Orleans can be treacherous, especially with no bedtime.
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong doesn't live up to his name when it comes to bowl-week discipline. It has been reported that the Cardinal players will not have a curfew during their stay in New Orleans for the 2013 Sugar Bowl. Opponent Florida certainly will, according to head coach Will Muschamp, though only the players know what the curfew is. Bourbon Street may run Cardinal red this New Year's season.
Meanwhile, Florida safety Matt Elam has declared for the NFL Draft. The junior announced his decision today, just shy of the deadline for underclassmen to declare for April's draft. CBS' draft scouts both have Elam as a first-round pick.
Gator Nation's Matt DiRocco has a breakdown of the Gators third-down defense, which is one of the best in the country. Florida is allowing just a 16% conversion rate on third downs of seven or more yards and only once in 22 tries has the opposition converted a third down of 13 yards or longer. DiRocco cites the secondary play and the Gators' ability to create a pass rush with just four down linemen.
In his first season as a starter, sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel was tasked to simply manage an effective running game and rely on the Gators' defense, third in the country in points allowed. But as Matt DiRocco points out, Driskel can use the Sugar Bowl as a springboard for next season. The Oviedo, Florida, native can use the national stage to make a name for himself and build confidence going into his junior season.
It may also help that Driskel will be facing a defense that went to bed at a questionable hour.