GAINESVILLE, Fla. The Gators are going to the Allstate Sugar Bowl and will face one of their former defensive coordinators on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.
However, it's not Oklahoma and head coach Bob Stoops as most projected entering the weekend.
Instead, the No. 4-ranked Gators (11-1) will face Louisville and Charlie Strong, who started his coaching career at Florida as a graduate assistant in 1983 and served as Florida's defensive coordinator before taking over the Cardinals in 2010.
Strong helped the Gators win two national titles (2006 and 2008) and led the Cardinals to a 10-2 record in his third season.
"We're honored to play in New Orleans," Gators coach Will Muschamp said Sunday night. "New Orleans is a great place with a lot of Gators."
This is the first meeting between the schools since 1992 and only the third all-time. The Gators won both previous games.
And the presence of Strong adds another unique storyline to the game.
Strong has served as a Florida assistant coach ...