New Orleans- Fans are bundled in their respective red scarfs and blue beanies around the Mercedes Benz Superdome in anticipation of tonight’s game. Despite the chilly conditions in New Orleans fans are making the most out of their tailgates.
Just like the tailgaters getting prepared for the game, those at home can get prepared by knowing what to watch. On Florida’s offense look to see how the bowl practices have impacted the receiving corp. Coaches say strides have been made during bowl practices by receivers like Latroy Pittman.
A little encouragement came from Head Coach Will Muschamp who told his receivers they have a one month audition for their new position coach Joker Phillips. The addition of Phillips is designed to give Florida a vertical passing game rather than relying on the just the running game for 2013.
On defense, watch to see how the Gators handle Louisville Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is known for his ability to make plays and scramble of the pocket. But it won’t matter what Bridgewater does if Louisville can’t control the likes of Mike Gillislee and the Gators running game. Many are predicting Gillislee will get things going for the Gators.
Don’t forget those lights. The lighting conditions in the Superdome require some adjusting from both teams. Coach Muschamp says his team has spent time during walk throughs and practice getting adjusted to the lights. If the players aren’t used to the lights by now, it could impact how they perform in kickoffs and punt returns.
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