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Louisville Cards Sugar Bowl bound

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 2012-2013 football season has been historic for the Louisville Cardinals and now the team will play in the Sugar Bowl in January.

After a strong 10-2 season, the attention is turning to the Bowl Championship Series.

The Cards have moved up to #22 in the AP poll and sources report that the Cards will head to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans to take on Florida.

"I'm so happy for this program, just happy for this University. It's been a great week for this University," University of Louisville Head Football Coach Charlie Strong said Sunday night in a media conference.

Strong says it will take a lot of practice and dedication from his team to prepare for the matchup in Florida.

"A lot of our players are from the state of Florida, they know how good that program is. A lot of them grew up watching that program, so there isn't much to be said. You're looking at the number three team in the country, so you don't need to say much at all. The respect is already there,” Strong said.

When asked if he would have preferred a different opponent, Strong said, “I'm just happy for this program to get to a BCS Bowl game, and I think that's more important than who you have to play.  It’s just that they worked hard enough, these players, they deserve to go play in a BCS Bowl game.”

Strong commented on Florida's football program, saying, “It is a program that's been consistent year in and year out, they are always going to compete on the national level. It is a program of excellence.”

While he's thrilled to return to a BCS Bowl, UofL Athletic Director Tom Jurich doesn't expect his program to profit from the trip.

"Actually, I'm not sure we broke even going to the Orange Bowl last time.  Because there are so many more commitments, the dollar figures for the hotel are much higher, they're mandatory where you stay," Jurich said Sunday.

The move comes despite rumors that head coach Charlie Strong is interviewing for other jobs.

The Cards will take on the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl on January 2, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp also commented about the matchup against Louisville.

"Lot of respect and for the football team they have.  Of course, Charlie Strong was a huge part of two national championships here at the University of Florida in '06 and '08.  He's an outstanding defensive coordinator and a good friend,” Muschamp said.

The UofL ticket office is expected to be busy Monday morning with fans rushing to get tickets.

Officials say football season ticket holders have already been offered first dibs on Bowl tickets. Ticket sales are now open to the public.

Cardinal fans can reserve bowl ticket by calling the UofL Ticket Office at 502-852-5151 or online by clicking here.

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Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp also commented about the matchup against Louisville.

"Lot of respect and for the football team they have.  Of course, Charlie Strong was a huge part of two national championships here at the University of Florida in '06 and '08.  He's an outstanding defensive coordinator and a good friend," Muschamp said.