Florida and Louisville arrive in New Orleans for the AllState Sugar Bowl

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It’s a late December New Orleans tradition: two of the premier teams in college football arrive for the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The Louisville Cardinals touched down at New Orleans International Airport Thursday afternoon.

The Cardinals are 13 ½ point underdogs against a school that Louisville head coach Charlie Strong used to work for: the Florida Gators.

The Gators made the biggest turnaround in Florida football in 32 years.

Florida was 6-and-6 a year ago. The Gators were 11-1 this season.

Head coach Will Muschamp already has a great New Orleans memory. He was LSU’s defensive coordinator when the Tigers beat Oklahoma to win the BCS Championship in January of 2004.

What does he remember most? “Obviously winning the game, and having a pretty dominating performance defensively. Really played well. Marcus Spears intercepting the pass on the zone pressure. Down on the goal line. And then having the chance defensively at the end of the game to win the game.”

Muschamp and Florida quarterback Jeff Driskill both said none of their players will make unwanted headlines in New Orleans in the days leading up to the game. Muschamp was asked by a reporter, what time is curfew?

“We’ll handle that with the team,” Muschamp replied. “It will be earlier than your curfew, I can guarantee you that.”

The Gators won seven of eight games this season against bowl teams. That includes a 14-to-6 win over LSU in Gainesville in October.