It's possible that Florida could sell fewer than 7,000 tickets to tonight's Sugar Bowl match-up with Louisville, according to Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. If that prediction comes true, Florida will have sold fewer tickets than any other SEC school this bowl season. The school's allotment was 17,500.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp has pointed to uncertain economic times as the cause of slow ticket sales. Bianchi, meanwhile, suggests there may be a lack of enthusiasm for this year's Sugar Bowl among the Florida faithful. Florida finished 11-1 on the season but was left out of the SEC title game due to a mid-season loss to Georgia. The Sugar Bowl may seem a less-than-enticing alternative.
"Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, a longtime defensive coordinator at UF, witnessed first-hand the evolution of the UF program," Bianchi writes. "He remembers when the Gators getting invited to the Sugar Bowl constituted a special season. Now, though, a trip to New Orleans is treated like a trip to the bathroom."
Whatever the reason, the eyes of the Gator nation will be squarely fixed on the Superdome tonight. And Florida fans hope for a strong showing both on the field and in the stands.