I’m not sure what I think about Louisville.
The Cardinals dominated Florida in the Sugar Bowl, and most of that team – including stud QB Teddy Bridgewater – are back. There’s a tremendous chance that Louisville will compete for the national title.
But then there’s that schedule.
It stinks worse than a dead skunk.
I know. I know.
There are never-ending arguments for awarding teams that play great schedules and punishing those that don’t.
But guess what.
Louisville plays one of the weakest schedules in the country, according to the preseason magazines that rate such things.
This is in today’s Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader:
Louisville’s 11 FBS opponents for 2013 have an average ranking of 76.7 in Athlon’s college football preview and 81.3 in the Phil Steele College Football Preview “power poll.”
Not anywhere near the SEC, or even the ACC.
It’s toughest games figure to be against Rutgers, Central Florida, South Florida and Cincinnati, although Ohio is on an upswing.
And then there’s the fact that Louisville plays two games on Friday, two on Thursday and one on Sunday.
National championship contenders should play all of their games on Saturday, not in fluky, made-for-TV games.
Louisville tried to upgrade to Schedule 2013 Version 2.0, knowing the current one is full of bugs.
The school wanted to add Texas A&M and was ready to step into play Alabama if Virginia Tech backed out of the opener according to what I’ve read. Also, Boise State would have been on this calendar if the Big East had not disintegrated.
The Cardinals are No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll, and it’ll be interesting to see where they’re ranked in the AP poll, which is released tomorrow.
That’s within easy striking distance of the top.
Should the Cardinals be rewarded if they dismantle the teams on their schedule?
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