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Cardinals awaiting BCS bowl destination

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville is going to a Bowl Championship Series bowl, but it won't find out which one until later tonight.

Projections have the Cards going one of two places -- the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 1 to face ACC champion Florida State, or the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2 to face Southeastern Conference representative Florida.

The determining factor will be whether Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois rises high enough in the two human polls to get into a BCS bowl.

By rule, if the Huskies are rated No. 16 or higher, they have to go to a BCS bowl.

USA Today, in its final bowl projection, is predicting exactly that will happen, and that the Cardinals will head to New Orleans.

In his initial projections, Jerry Palm of CBS Sports had U of L going to Miami, but his latest projections, too, have the Cards heading to New Orleans.

The Cards won't know for sure until the bowl bids are announced at 8:30 tonight on ESPN.

Both games feature intriguing possibilities.

Florida State's defense has been directed all season by new UK coach Mark Stoops, though Stoops says he will not coach the bowl game for the Seminoles. Still, it'll be a matchup of future ACC opponents, and will be played in Miami, hometown to a dozen U of L players.

In the Sugar Bowl, U of L would meet Florida, where Strong served as defensive coordinator, and the school he left to come to U of L.

All the projections so far are merely guesses on how the Harris Interactive and USA Today coaches' polls will shake out.

Check back at WDRB.com for updates throughout the day as more information becomes available.

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