The third-ranked Florida Gators didn't just get beat by Louisville in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday. They got embarrassed, and it raises questions about their vaunted defense.
He hasn't played a down all season, but No. 3 QB Tyler Murphy has been critical in helping the Florida defense prepare for mobile quarterbacks -- like Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater.
Florida was minus-12 in turnover margin last season, giving up the ball 26 times and forcing only 14. Florida is plus-17 this season. That's a turnaround of 29 turnovers, and a huge reason why the Gators improved from 7-6 to 11-1.
Florida's third-down defense is one of the best in the nation. Pinpointing exactly why, however, isn't so easy.
Florida sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel has shown steady improvement in 2012. Now he and the Gators are hoping he is ready to take a big step forward in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and into 2013.
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong won hearts, minds and national championships when he was the defensive coordinator at Florida.
Although Hunter Joyer and big brother Kamran will stand on opposite sidelines for the Sugar Bowl, their family and community stands together as always.
Ten things fans should know about the AllState Sugar Bowl matchup between Florida and Louisville.