The 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game featured the Florida Gators of the SEC and the Louisville Cardinals of the Big East. The game was broadcast live on ESPN at 8:30 PM ET. Louisville was selected to their first Sugar Bowl after a 10-2 regular season that culminated in a share of the Big East title. Florida was picked as the other half of the matchup following an 11�1 campaign.
As two touchdown underdogs, the Louisville Cardinals beat the Gators 33-23. In recognition of his performance during the game, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named the game’s most valuable player.
Louisville started the season with a 9-0 record before dropping back-to-back games against Syracuse and Connecticut. In their regular season finale, the Cardinals were able to beat Rutgers 20-17 in a come from behind victory to clinch a share of the Big East title. Louisville ended the season with an overall record of 10-2.
Louisville entered the game averaging 31 points and 425.67 yards of offense per game. The Cardinals offense was led by Big East Offensive Player of the Year Teddy Bridgewater, who came into the game with 3,452 yards passing yards and 25 passing touchdowns. Louisville’s ground game was led by running backs Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry, who combined for 1,445 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.
This was Louisville’s first appearance in the Sugar Bowl.