Louisville could ride easy schedule to top

Teddy Bridgewater might be lifting a different kind of trophy at the end of this season.

Teddy Bridgewater might be lifting a different kind of trophy at the end of this season.

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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26 comments Add your comment

[...] Q: You picked Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater to win the Heisman Trophy. Do you think Louisville will cruise through its season with that schedule? [...]

PeterB

August 20th, 2013
3:57 pm

Voters and Computers let ND in the Championship Game last year. The playoff for next year is a joke. If you want a true Playoff let all the primary Conferences crown a Champion, Let all those Champion in the playoffs and fill the rest of the field with the polls. Seed the teams and start the playoffs the middle of December. You probably will have some upsets but the Championship game will be more accurate then what we have now or what is proposed. The team that wins the NC will have earned it and the team that ends up 2nd will also have earned their spot.

obviously not as dumb as you

August 20th, 2013
12:25 am

Quit hating. Louisville has one of the best coaches in the country and one of the best offenses in the country. The schedule is terrible, but not only have Alabama and Georgia declined to play Louisville, UGA even bought their way out of a 3 year contract with UofL, but now Ohio st, refuses to play them. Louisville can’t help that no one will play them for fear of losing to them.

harold

August 19th, 2013
11:56 am

THEY PLAY NOBODY. TENNESSEE WAS LUCKY TO GET BUTCH JONES ( NUMBER ONE IN RECRUITING AT http://www.rivals.com and http://www.scout.com). CHARLIE HAS ONE A BIG GAME AGAINST AN AVERAGE FLORIDA TEAM.

LOTS OF EXCITEMENT IN K-TOWN—-MOST DID NOT WANT STRONG!

Ted Striker

August 17th, 2013
8:16 pm

Too early to call

PigIron

August 17th, 2013
5:53 pm

You’re getting a playoff system. Next year.

We’ll see how much things change, won’t we.