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Sugar Bowl 2013, Florida vs. Louisville: Gators not taking Cardinals lightly

Although the Gators are favored to win the Sugar Bowl, they're showing plenty of respect for Charlie Strong and the Cardinals.

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The Florida Gators are favored by double digits to beat the Louisville Cardinals in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, but they aren't overlooking their opponent. One reason for that is the familiarity some Florida players have with Louisville head coach Charlie Strong, who was the Gators' defensive coordinator as recently as 2009

Safety Josh Evans is one of the Florida upperclassmen who has experience playing for Strong.

"I remember playing for [Strong] a couple of years ago," Evans told the Gainesville Sun. "Man, he's a great coach. He's a guy who knows his stuff. I'm pretty sure it's going to be a great game."

Louisville heads into the bowl game at 10-2 overall; it's the first time the program has won at least 10 games in a season since 2006. The Cardinals rank 25th nationally in total defense and 47th in total offense.

The Gators finished the regular season 11-1, their lone loss coming against Georgia. They rank among the nation's top 10 in several different defensive categories.

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