Sugar Bowl 2013: Florida Gators' Poor Performance Falls on Coach Will Muschamp

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators reacts after failing to get a time out in the third quarter against the Louisville Cardinals during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Coaches often receive too much blame for their team's losses, but in the case of Florida's Sugar Bowl disaster, Gators fans can direct all their anger towards head coach Will Muschamp.

The Gators were obviously unprepared for their showdown with Louisville, as they were completely dominated throughout the game. They trailed by as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter, and their two touchdowns in the final frame will be little consolation for Florida's legion of fans.

The Gators, who entered the game as 14-point favorites, looked as if they just went through the motions in preparing for this game. They played woefully uninspired football, lost their composure, and paid the price.

Despite bringing the nation's third-best pass defense to New Orleans, the Gators were shredded by Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville. They allowed more than 26 points for the first time this season, and Bridgewater became the first QB to throw a touchdown pass of 15-plus yards against the Gators.

Of course, there's not a ton of shame in losing to a quality team like Louisville. There is plenty of shame, however, in being completely uncompetitive and undisciplined.

Not only did Florida lose big, but they performed in a simply shameful manner. They committed multiple personal fouls, Chris Johnson was ejected for throwing a punch, and they gave up 98 yards on nine penalties.

It was a sad display from Florida, and the team's lack of composure falls on Muschamp. He is supposed to have control over his players, but they ran wild on Wednesday.

When you factor in his odd play-calling, it's clear that this loss can be blamed on Muschamp.