NEW ORLEANS -- We can go back and forth about the pros and cons of the college football bowl system, but one of the quirks that makes the 35-game holiday football festival so unique is that 35 teams get to end the season on a high.
Which means the other 35 go out on a low.
And so it was for the 2012 Florida Gators, who five weeks ago bused home from Tallahassee after an 11-1 regular season, capped by a thorough beat-down of their arch rival and berth in a BCS bowl.
Will Muschamp's second team authored a great story of recovery and redemption.
Then came Wednesday in the Sugar Bowl, where Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the No. 21 Cardinals put a different ending on Florida's feel-good tale. Bridgewater bedazzled the No. 4 Gators while dazzled the Superdome crowd with 266 yards passing and a pair of touchdown throws in a 33-23 upset victory that marked the greatest moment in the UL program's middling football history.
"It just wasn't our night," junior tight end Jord...