Sugar Bowl 2012: Gators enter with lots of confidence

Chris Trotman

After beating Florida State in the regular season finale, the Florida Gators' confidence is growing. How will that help them in Wednesday's Sugar Bowl.

The Florida Gators entered their final game of the regular season not being well known for their offensive prowess. After defeating the Florida State Seminoles 37-26 and earning a bid to the Sugar Bowl, the Gators offense has a lot of confidence entering their game against the Louisville Cardinals.

Gators head coach Will Muschamp thinks that because of the increase in confidence, Gator players are not overthinking on plays and are instead, acting on plays:

"Confidence is a huge part in athletics, certainly on either side of the ball," UF coach Will Muschamp said. "We're seeing a little bit more of the reps starting to take place (on offense). You're seeing a lot of, instead of thinking, reacting in a lot of situations. That's the most important thing."

This confidence is not lost on the Cardinals. Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, formerly the defensive backs coach under former Florida coach Urban Meyer, knows that the combination of confidence as well as the Gators' athletic ability could be a bad combination to face:

I think right now, the quarterback position, they're playing better. You could see the confidence building every game. The receivers are starting to step up. They're making plays and did an outstanding job against Florida State University. And Mike Gillislee is playing lights out. We're very concerned about that running game."

The 2013 Sugar Bowl will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Wednesday. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. with television coverage on ESPN. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by 103.7 FM and 850 AM.

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