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LEWIS | U of L players ready for another shot at the SEC

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Belk Bowl may not have been the Louisville Cardinals first choice for their post-season destination, but the game does provide the chance for U of L to notch its 10th win, and to do that against an SEC team.

"It's  another opportunity for us to prove we deserve to play with high caliber teams," said Cardinals senior wide receiver Eli Rogers about Louisville's matchup with Georgia.

The Cardinals took much of the college football world by surprise two seasons ago when they finished up the year with a 33-23 victory over Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

Counting that win and the victories over UK dating back to 2011, the Cardinals are 5-0 vs. SEC competition.

"Having good opponents like SEC teams and all the teams that we play, it's very exciting to have the opportunity. We just want to (make) the most of every opportunity we get and we're thankful for this opportunity to go back to the Belk Bowl," said senior offensive tackle Jamon Brown.

The Cardinals lost to NC State in the Belk Bowl in 2011.

Belk Bowl officials are happy with the 2014 matchup between the Bulldogs and the Cardinals.

"This is one of the best matchups of the year," Belk Bowl Executive Director Will Webb said Tuesday. "We are very excited about the buzz the Cardinals are creating," Webb said.

The U of L quarterback situation is still unclear, but whether it's Kyle Bolin or Reggie Bonnafon, neither will have to worry about the Bulldogs star linebacker Leonard Floyd. UGA head coach Mark Richt announced Wednesday that Floyd had shoulder surgery and will miss the game.

Floyd led Georgia with six sacks and three forced fumbles.

Georgia and Louisville are set to kick off the Belk Bowl in Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. on December 30th.

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