Call it the Charlie Strong Bowl. According to Pete Thamel, 11-1 Florida from the SEC and Big East champion Louisville will meet in New Orleans.
The Sugar Bowl has traditionally been a matchup of the winners of the Big 12 and SEC conferences, but since the SEC has pretty much turned the BCS National Championship game into its auto-bid game, the Sugar Bowl has featured among the best at-large bids or, in last year's case, a matchup of two teams many felt didn't deserve to be there, the Michigan Wolverines and the Virginia Tech Hokies.
TV schedule: Wednesday, Jan. 2., 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Locale: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La. Capacity: 72,208
My thoughts on the title sponsor's services: Allstate is an insurance company. Like all insurance companies nowadays, its actual practices are somewhat devious and usually unpleasant, but its commercials are usually entertaining. Unlike its competitors, Allstate's spokesperson is Dennis Haysbert, so they get a pass for pretty much everything.
Last year's score: Michigan 23, Virginia Tech 20
Last year's score: Michigan State Spartans 33, Georgia Bulldogs 30 (3OT)
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