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

PigIron

August 16th, 2013
11:29 am

If they go undefeated, then I’d place them above a two loss team from a real football conference.

GTBob

August 16th, 2013
11:39 am

If they go undefeated then they are probably playing in the national title game. If SEC fans have a big problem with that they can thank Florida.

bucket

August 16th, 2013
11:58 am

I would tend to agree with the first 2 posters on their sentiments. Every year we have a story like a Louisville that pops up on the radar and usually it works itself out. One thing is probably certain, we will probably end up with at least one team in the MNC that has no business being there, but that has generally been the case during the BS, I mean BCS era.

PigIron

August 16th, 2013
12:29 pm

@bucket

Not really. The BCS system got it right more often than not.

PigIron

August 16th, 2013
12:31 pm

@GTBob

Can’t argue that Florida didn’t stink it up in that game, but Louisville almost blew it against some truly weak teams during the regular season themselves.

I dropped my fried twinkie

August 16th, 2013
1:23 pm

UGa couldn’t do it last so what makes you think Louisville can do it this year?

GTBob

August 16th, 2013
1:54 pm

@PigIron, Louisville did almost blow some games but they should be a better team this year with most of their team returning and adding Michael Dyer. I would be fairly shocked if they lost to anyone on their schedule. My point about Florida is that Louisville wasn’t given much of a chance in the game. Pollack talked all day about how Florida was going to completely destroy them. Louisville came out and did the complete oposite. They dominated one of the better SEC schools. Now when it comes time this year to determine if Louisville should play in the MNC game, the old excuse that any SEC team would kill them has a good bit less potency.

DawgNight

August 16th, 2013
2:31 pm

They COULD..but they WON’T!

Louisville should have another great year, but if they make it into the 2nd half of their schedule undefeated….suddenly every game will be a grind. someone will knock them off , maybe even 2.
Kentucky will give them a scare on week 2.

GO DAWGS! 12-1 SEC champions

bucket

August 16th, 2013
2:35 pm

@ Piglron – Actually, 10 out of the 15 BCS MNC games have been decided by a double digit point spread. Virtually every year there are at least 1 or 2 teams that a legit argument could be made that they should have been in that game. Thankfully we are moving toward a playoff system so that we can scrap the ESPN “eyeball” test in the very near future.

GTBob

August 16th, 2013
2:53 pm

Kentucky will give them a scare on week 2.

Yeah, good luck with that one. Kentucky should be worried about beating Western Kentucky.

PaulinNH

August 16th, 2013
9:08 pm

National championship contenders should play all of their games on Saturday, not in fluky, made-for-TV games
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Guess we should scratch off Oregon (preseason #3), Stanford (#4), South Carolina (#7), Clemson (#8). With Louisville, that is 50% of the top 10 – including 3 teams who played in BCS games last year

HotDawg

August 16th, 2013
11:09 pm

Poll voters and computers won’t let them get away with their weak schedule in a punk conference.

PigIron

August 17th, 2013
6:29 am

bucket

August 16th, 2013
2:35 pm

@ Piglron – Actually, 10 out of the 15 BCS MNC games have been decided by a double digit point spread. Virtually every year there are at least 1 or 2 teams that a legit argument could be made that they should have been in that game. Thankfully we are moving toward a playoff system so that we can scrap the ESPN “eyeball” test in the very near future.

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Nonsense. Folks like you will still complain even when there is a 16 team playoff. Losers always think that “the system” is against them. A single elimination tournament will only slightly increase the odds that an inferior team will win the championship. You’ll still see the same results that you saw with the BCS, for the most part.

PigIron

August 17th, 2013
6:30 am

@PaulinNH

I agree. That was a smug and stupid comment.

bucket

August 17th, 2013
11:14 am

@ Piglron – What the heck are you talking about? You don’t even know me and you use terms like “folks like you” and “losers”? The fact of the matter is that college football is the ONLY major sport in this country that has used a system of trying to use computers and eyeballs to determine who the top 2 teams are that should play for a mythical national championship. It’s not mythical in that the eventual champion might not be deserving, but in the fact that there is no real way of knowing whether that was the correct result or not. Look at Alabama and Notre Dame last year. Notre Dame was clearly outclassed by Alabama. It wasn’t even a real football game. We know from the SECCG that UGA gave Bama a much better game and who is to say that Stanford or Oregon couldn’t have competed better against Alabama. I’m guessing that you must be a fan of a team that has benefited from the current system – good for you if that is the case. But the current system does not give us a true indicator of which team is the best by the end of the season.

PigIron

August 17th, 2013
12:23 pm

The league has what, 125 teams?

That’s why they don’t use a tournament style playoff system. There’s no possible way for most of the teams to meet during the regular season. Opinion polls and computers are the most accurate method of determining the best team in such an environment.

Nobody calls for a tournament system in CFB because they believe that is fairer. It is not. People call for a tournament because they want to see a Cinderella team accidentally win a Championship from time to time.

PigIron

August 17th, 2013
12:28 pm

It’s not mythical in that the eventual champion might not be deserving, but in the fact that there is no real way of knowing whether that was the correct result or not. Look at Alabama and Notre Dame last year. Notre Dame was clearly outclassed by Alabama. It wasn’t even a real football game. We know from the SECCG that UGA gave Bama a much better game and who is to say that Stanford or Oregon couldn’t have competed better against Alabama.

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I know this much:

Notre Dame 20 – Stanford 13

Stanford 17 – Oregon 14

PaulinNH

August 17th, 2013
1:00 pm

PigIron

August 17th, 2013
12:23 pm

The league has what, 125 teams?

That’s why they don’t use a tournament style playoff system. There’s no possible way for most of the teams to meet during the regular season. Opinion polls and computers are the most accurate method of determining the best team in such an environment.
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Somehow the NCAA FCS witth 126 teams, each one playing an 11 game schedule, manages to use a tournament style playoff system.

GTBob

August 17th, 2013
3:00 pm

I know this much:
Notre Dame 20 – Stanford 13
Stanford 17 – Oregon 14

I know this much:
Alabama 24 Texas A&M 29
Florida 20 Texas A&M 17
Louisville 33 Florida 23
Syracuse 45 Louisville 26
Cincinnati 35 Syracuse 24

Therefore Cincinnati > Alabama. I could go on all day.

DawgNight

August 17th, 2013
4:52 pm

1st insightful thing I’ve seen from GTBob…

@PigIron
We want a playoff system, because EVERY OTHER major SPORT in the world (including football at every other “level”) HAS a Playoff to decide it’s Champion!

Why should it be any different for College football?

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.

Ted Striker

August 17th, 2013
8:16 pm

Too early to call

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!

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.

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.

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