Louisville headed to Allstate Sugar Bowl

Louisville is headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl to take on Florida on Jan. 2 in New Orleans, in a matchup between coach Charlie Strong and his old team.

The game will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The Cardinals (10-2) finished No. 21 in the final BCS standings to secure the automatic bid for the Big East. They ended up in the Sugar Bowl instead of the Orange Bowl when Northern Illinois secured an automatic berth by finishing No. 15 in the final BCS standings. The Huskies will be in the Orange Bowl instead to play Florida State.

“We are extremely excited for the opportunity to play an outstanding Florida team in the Sugar Bowl,” athletic director Tom Jurich said in a statement. "This is a great matchup of two top-20 teams and is going to be a great test for our football team. This is a great reward for an outstanding season. Charlie Strong and his staff did a remarkable job with this young team to get to a BCS game, and New Orleans is a great destination. We know from being in the Final Four last year that New Orleans is an outstanding city."

This will be Louisville’s second appearance in a BCS bowl game. The Cardinals won their only BCS bowl contest -- a 24-13 victory in the 2007 Orange Bowl over Wake Forest.