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7:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Strong: Cards Motivated by Underdog Status in Sugar Bowl

After a month of preparation, the University of Louisville football team is in New Orleans to take on Florida in the Sugar Bowl Wednesday night.

Cards coach Charlie Strong says his players are well aware of their underdog status against the 11-1 Gators, whom some are picking to win by two touchdowns or more.

"It gives our players a little motivation, they know they’re going to have to go play. And they have the respect for that program, because with the number of players we have on this team from the state of Florida, they know what that program’s all about and who we’re facing," he said.

Strong is also no stranger to the Florida program, where he spent 14 years on staff, most recently as defensive coordinator.

The 10-2 Cardinals earned their bid to the Sugar Bowl with a regular season finale victory at Rutgers.

Kickoff for the Sugar Bowl is 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.