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Sunday Look Ahead: The Louisville Cardinals

Following the loss to WKU there was a certain sense of dread associated with the Louisville game. Not only were the Cards riding a two game win streak in the series, coming of the best athletic year in school history, and featuring a Heisman hopeful in Teddy Bridgewater but they had looked fantastic in a dismantling of the Ohio Bobcats. Meanwhile the Cats had looked pitiful against the Hilltoppers on both sides of the ball. Fast forward one week and there is now a glimmer of hope. The air-raid demonstrated it’s effectiveness as Max Smith racked up three big touchdowns through the air all while the Cats continued to get it done on the ground. It may be hard to limit the Cards defensively but perhaps the Cats can win a track meet through the air. We will find out in one week when the following questions are answered:

Just How Good Are The Cards?

That is the million dollar question. So far the Card have outscored their opponents by a total of 93-14. However, that isn’t too hard when your taking on Ohio and EKU. The Cards were winners in the BCS Sugar Bowl last season as they beat the Florida Gators pretty handily. They got there by going 5-2 in the horrible Big East and took down an uninterested Florida team that got there by smoke and mirrors. At 11-1 Florida had a good record last season, don’t get me wrong, but they could have just as easily been 9-3 had they not gotten some breaks to go their way. The Gators weren’t quite the team everyone thought they were as demonstrated by the 21-16 loss they picked up from Miami yesterday. It’s hard to say just how good Florida is at this point as well.

So no one can really remember the last time the Cardinals played an opponent without any glaring flaws and it’s the same group of guys that lost to both Syracuse and Connecticut last season. Are they a team worthy of the probable top five finish they will land by going undefeated? There is no way to know. What we do know is that they feature arguably the best quarterback in the nation in Teddy Bridgewater and the MVP of the national championship in Michael Dyer. That alone is good enough to make you an elite team. We won’t know just how good until they roll out into commonwealth this Saturday.

Can The Cats Keep Up?

If reigning SEC defensive player of the week Za’Darius Smith an find a way to disrupt Bridgewater then the Cats could have a shot. I’m not worried about what the Cats can do offensively. If they can do half of what they were able to yesterday then they should be able to match the punches that Louisville is  throwing back. With the air and ground attack Kentucky should be able to keep up with most of the teams they play this season. The only question is the defense and penalties. If the Cats can get some key stops of the Card attack and limit the foolish penalties that have been a problem these first two weeks. Then maybe, just maybe they can keep up and have a shot to win in the end. It should be a fun Saturday in Lexington if they can at least make it close. Win the game? Couches will be a-blazin like it’s 2012.


So what do you think? Will the Cats have a shot a pulling the upset this Saturday? Or is Louisville just too good.

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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61 Comments for Sunday Look Ahead: The Louisville Cardinals

  1. will
    6:05 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Can anyone confirm or deny whether the game has been moved to 7 P.M.? I’ve been hearing that rumor all day today on twitter didn’t know if it was true or not

  2. DB11
    6:07 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    I have heard no such rumor and ESPN announced it was at noon just last night,

  3. niaps
    6:11 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    My biggest hope for this game is just to keep it close. Cats do that the birds will have no chance at BCS championship game even if undefeated, and then they can lament the too close of a game against UK. Cats will need at least 500 yards of offense to make this close in my book.

  4. It figures
    6:15 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Flordia 11-1 got their with smoke and mirrors it’s obvious you know nothing about football, they were one bad Driskell game away of being perfect just as the Miami game. There defense is excellent.

    Louisville just face it their skill players are top 5 if not the best overall in the country as a unit, Teddy is probably at the minimal the 2nd overall pick if not the first pick come on dude. It’s one thing to write homerisms but they are heads and shoulders better than Uk . And one other thing they beat the Gators let me change that whooped them. Credit is given when it’s due.

  5. Hmm
    6:16 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    If we can get one intereception, plus another turnover in the form of either a fumble or another int, and then captilize, we’ll have a good chance. Of course, that goes along with the assumption that our offense doesn’t play like they did in week one.

  6. denimdirk
    6:20 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    “At 11-1 Florida had a good record last season, don’t get me wrong, but they could have just as easily been 9-3 had they not gotten some breaks to go their way.”

    ^Literally, one of the stupidest things I have ever read. You can say that about almost any goddamn team that won close games. Guess what, they were 11-1 and not 9-3.

    If you had won the genetic lottery at birth, you could just as easily been a genius. Instead, you write garbage like this. Good day!

  7. XH14
    6:23 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Cards 63
    Cats 10

    UK will score in garbage time and have less than 250 yards of total offense. Teddy will retire in the 3rd quarter after hanging 6 TDs and 500 yards on UK’s pathetic secondary. Teddy will set the record for most consecutive completions in NCAA history.

  8. Charlie Strong
    6:27 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    I think Louisville’s defense is a little better than Miami of Ohio and Wku. You think?

  9. ha ha
    6:32 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    wow the tard trolls are out in full force. hurt feelings much? i find it funny that some of our players had never even heard of loserville until they got to uk.

  10. Drew Franklin
    6:33 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Go to the charity game
    This is for such a good cause that everyone should go and contribute.
    100% of the proceeds will support Terrence Jones Homeless Shelter and DeAndre Liggings Battered Women’s Shelter

    Go Cats

  11. Steady
    6:35 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Cats 17
    Cards 48

  12. Catlogic15
    6:36 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    8 responses and at least 6 by Dirty Birds.

    Worried much? And #7. Great opportunity for you to bet. If only you had a job.

  13. Coach Strong
    6:39 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    My boys are going to put a beat down on the slap dick Smurfs from the Little Blew Village.

    As for the want-to-be writers from KSR. Quit smoking pole (Well, except for Mrs. Tyler Thompson) and keep spinning your feelings about my Cardinals all you want.

    The pain is coming your way bitches. My buddy Joker was run offs by you KKK phucks, so no mercy for you bitches this year.

  14. Are You Representing Here?
    6:47 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Poster calling yourself Coach Strong: One question-Do you consider yourself a good representative of the U of L fan base? Just asking…

  15. blueaville
    6:58 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Mark it down….Cats 38, tards 35….they ain’t seen any real competition in over a year. Florida wanted no part of the Sugar Bowl. Max Smith moved the ball on the tards last year.

    Mark it down 38-35 bluegrass shocker

  16. Keeping it Real
    6:58 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    U of L 35
    UK 14
    The cats will keep it with in two touch downs for most of the game, the cards will score late in the 4th making it a 3 touchdown win. Kentuckys offense will show up and be decent but Bridgewater will have a field day with our DB’s.

  17. Stoops Poops
    7:09 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    UK hired the special Stoops brother. Get ready for the beating of a lifetime.

  18. whysoserious
    7:10 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    uh…this could be the most homer-ish article ever published on KSR.

    Louisville has faced no competition in the past year (except Florida who has been beating UK by 6 touchdowns since Moses was playing middle-school ball)……

    Louisville’s competition is unimpressive….. although Ohio is a sure bowl team….and although UK got hammered by WKU ……..and WKU is a bad team…..

    “If they can do half of what they were able to yesterday then they should be able to match the punches that Louisville is throwing back….” really????

    So UK’s offense is going to be able to do to U of L’s defense what Teddy and Company are going to do to UK’s defense??? because UK moved the ball on horrible Miami of Ohio????

  19. JD
    7:14 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    9 comments as of this post are from Tard fans,lol…worry much. Loserville couldn’t even run the ball against a division 2 team. I think this game will be closer than many people think.

  20. JD
    7:18 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Also, Matt Jones and I like to bend each other over at the local truck stop.

  21. GD4UK
    7:19 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    “Max Smith finished with 310 yards and 3 TDs on 15-23 passing; Jalen was strong with 48 yards rushing, and a TD, completing 10-12 passes for 103 yards.”
    Uh…excuse me, but everybody is getting credit but Max Smith. 310 yards and 3 tds without comment. 48 yards rushing and 103 yards passing gets a “strong” description. And all the credit for receptions has been given to the receivers.
    What? The receivers did do great. But Max Smith had an amazing game. It is a team game, sure, but downplaying Max’s role is just silly. What did Max do to piss you off, Matt Jones? Is it because he’s white? Your cute little comments about “fastest white player” and “he’s good for a white kid” have gotten old, dude. Racism just is not acceptable and racism against whites because they are white is no less offensive than racism against blacks.

  22. sterve
    7:20 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Crazier things have happened. If it’s competitive and fun then I’ll be happy.

  23. Nick
    7:22 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    As a WKU alum, let me give you a 3rd party outside opinion. This game won’t be nearly as close as the UK fans think/hope and it won’t be nearly the blowout that UofL fans expect. UofL hasn’t and won’t play anyone. I’ll be shocked if their SOS is in the top 70 at the end of the season. The only thing that will help it is the fact that their conference will be playing each other, so someone will have to win. I have no rooting interest, although a UK win would be nice because it would give us bragging rights as the best team in the state. I think it will be fairly high scoring and close throughout. I say something like UofL 37, UK 27. Any smart UK fan will take that. BTW, UofL has zero shot at getting to the BCS title game even if they are undefeated, which I don’t think is a given. Schedule is much too weak. 2-loss teams from the Big Ten/ACC/Pac 12/SEC will make it over an undefeated UofL.

  24. L1C4 is Lame
    7:25 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    I know their fans r UGLY!!

  25. 35YSTH
    7:28 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Can Bridgewater handle the pressure? This is his biggest game of the year. If he doesn’t have a Heisman moment in this game, he won’t get the chance again.

    As crazy as it sounds, Bridgewater better hope for a close game that he can win in the 4th quarter. Given that his offensive line isn’t experienced and hasn’t played against any competition so far and that he is going to be facing blitzes and zone coverages he has never seen before….

    Bridgewater has a chance to help build a case that the games against UCONN and Syracuse last year were flukes….but I don’t think he will. His receivers will be running incorrect routes and dropping passes and he will be releasing the ball a half-tick early like he was in the UCONN game.

    Gonna be a Sad Day at ul next Monday. The Cats are gonna win.

  26. Wildcatsteeler
    7:28 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sadly we are in for a month of major pain. Thoughts of winning aren’t even on my mind. I’m just praying for no injuries so we may be able to win some games in the second half of the season.

  27. UKBlue
    7:43 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares: UL is irrelevant, they play no one, UL is so great no conference wanted them – if it wasn’t for Maryland they still wouldn’t be in the ACC (they were the cleanest dirtiest shirt left), reality will show up next year when they get in the ACC, and this time next year Bridgewater will be a memory & Strong will be the head coach at Florida. UL will still be UL: A small liberal arts commuter college between two train tracks who facilities are built on top of toxic land & who fans are needy, delusional & have no idea how to address or act!

  28. Tom Bigby
    7:55 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    If I was Stoops, and I’m not. I realize that. But if I were, I would play those youngsters and let them learn. That’s where it’s at. Forget about 90% of those Joker guys.

  29. Go Big Blue
    8:13 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Teddy Bridgewater is so overrated. Hed be one of the worst QBs in the SEC.

  30. TheTruthPlainAndSimple
    8:16 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    haha writes: “wow the tard trolls are out in full force. hurt feelings much? i find it funny that some of our players had never even heard of loserville until they got to uk.”

    This is because UK Players have no idea what a winning program looks like.

  31. TheTruthPlainAndSimple
    8:22 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    The spread opened at 7.5 points, even if you are a UK fan bet your house, or trailer, or pickup truck, whatever against UK. This is ridiculous, and I’m not trying to completely throw jokes but UofL will not come out flat against UK like they did against EKU. Seriously Florida has no offense, but their defense was legit and still is and Teddy and company handled them like it was nothing. Teddy Bridgewater is the best QB in this state since Unitas, just because UofL doesn’t play anyone doesn’t mean they aren’t good or even great. Boise St. for years didn’t play anyone and when they got a chance there for several years they beat the big dogs. This game isn’t played by the conferences, this is played by two teams, one with superior talent, and coaching, another with an inexperienced coaching staff, and far inferior talent. This thing won’t be close, and if you are smart, you will bet with your head. UofL 41 UK 10.

  32. red headed step child
    8:37 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    @27 UKBLUE, You said IT. You are well informed, and speak with confident knowledge, let the TARDS, continue to show their ignorance.

  33. The truth is never simple
    8:53 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    #31 if the spread stays at 7.5, I would agree you have to take the Cards. UK does not have far inferior talent. Teddy is special. UofL RB’s are better than UK ‘s, receivers too. But the talent gap is shrinking. After Teddy jumps to the NFL, the talent gap shrinks more. UofL had the 52nd rated class last year, UK #29. In 2014, UK is sitting at #7 in recruiting rankings with 24 commits, UofL is #17 with 25 commits. The days of “far inferior talent” at UK vs. UofL are over.

  34. David Elswick
    9:12 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    UK will score plenty on U of L, but I doubt U of L punts more than once the whole game. I say U of L wins, unfortunately, 63-35 or something like that.

  35. Jarvis Redwine
    9:13 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Anything can happen in a rivalry game.

  36. Do whut?
    9:23 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    #29 were you being ironic or just hitting the crack pipe a lot tonight? Bridgewater would be the second best quarterback in the SEC the day he walked in. As a Kentucky fan I may not be objective all the time but on this I feel like I can be. Without a doubt Teddy B is one of the top 3 qb’s in college football and is definitely the best pro prospect. I love the Cats but come on. Aaron Murray is the only SEC qb other than Johnny Football that MIGHT be mentioned in the conversation. And Manziel is only statistically better in my opinion. You’ll find out just how good he is next year when he’s gone and UL hits the ground with a thud. The future looks bright for the Cats in this series. Just not the present.

  37. Do whut?
    9:29 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Addendum: I left Mccarron’s name off the list but even with two championships I’m not sure he’s in the conversation with the other three.

  38. bluegrassstu
    9:35 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    Upsets are what make college football so great. Louisville plays a very weak schedule, they may be the only top 15 team that does not play a ranked team, how pathetic is that? Seeing rumors on the longhorn websites that Strong is their next coach, as soon as next year. I think Stoops Troops keep it close this year, would love to see a curbstomping put on loserville by the Cats. GO CATs.

  39. Wild Blue
    9:42 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    # 27 UKBlue, on target and exactly correct. Sure would like to see you as a blogger for KSR!!!!

  40. Ben
    10:31 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    I love one that mentally disabled Card troll who keeps typing “Stoops Poops” in every post as if that is an insult. What, do Louisville fans, players, and coaches not shit? I’m guessing Charlie Strong is so swoll looking because he is constipated?

    Come up with something that is actually insulting, you damn moron. The trolls who were using “Stoopid” are head and shoulders more creative with their trolling.

  41. Tom
    10:32 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    This is terribly written. Standards on this site have really gone down since the core team follows tennis now.

  42. KevvBacon
    10:59 pm September 8, 2013 Permalink

    If you’re going to delete comments, why don’t you start by deleting the ones with trashy and offensive language, and racist/hateful speech? And leave my posts with factual statements alone, KSR? Or do people reporting better news than you rustle your little baby carrot weenies?

  43. whysoserious
    12:02 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    29…Teddy would be one of the worst QBs in the SEC? Yeah, probably ranked below the UK QBs even.

    There is the little matter that every NFL draft forecast has him going in the top 5 picks, most have him in the top 2 and many have him #1. But what do those NFL scouts know?

    Oh, and the Florida players said he was the best QB they faced….better than Manziel.

    But you are right…Teddy would probably 9th best QB in the SEC.

  44. El Guapo
    1:07 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    That Vegas line will be 17 plus by game day. As it
    should be. Did none of you watch the same WKU game that I did? We made Doughty look like Tom Brady and he sucks. We will be lucky to force an incomplete pass. Seriously, drugs are bad. When Strong and Teddy B are gone we will have a chance. But this team will be exposed for 60 minutes. We do not have anything remotely resembling a defensive backfield or linebackers. You realize Marshall beat Miami worse than we did?

  45. BluKudzu
    5:09 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    U of L 49 U of K 24

  46. CATS BY 90!
    8:37 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Im a CATS fan but dont let a big game against a terrible Miami OH team fool you…we’re still pretty bad and the tweetie birds are really good. The play calling by Miami’s coach last week was horrendous running the ball constantly when our biggest weakness is our secondary. It saddens me to say this but, Teddy will pick our young DBs apart.

  47. oilliecat
    9:09 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Look @ the stats UL & EKY game go fig.

  48. WKU4LIFE
    9:25 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Cassady, you’re an idiot. Cards are the best team in the country. Face it. If Kentucky can’t get past WKU, they’ll be lucky to score against Louisville. Cards 44 Cats 10.

    GO TOPS!!!

  49. Bring On Hate Day
    9:36 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Za’Darius Rucker destroys Teddy Crossdresser and the cats coast to a 95 – 3 win

  50. bluegrassstu
    9:39 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    @wku4life. Cards best team in the country? That is very laughable. They are not even a real top 10 team. Loservilles schedule strength is putrid. Cincinnati may be the best team on louisvilles schedule and Cincinnati got hosed by a very poor big 10 team Saturday. Would like to see Louisville play some real teams, such as the SEC.

  51. RealCatsFan
    9:51 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’m in the camp of hoping the Cats can put in a respectable performance and avoid injuries. I just don’t see our very thin and inexperienced secondary stopping Bridgewater and his many targets. The only glimmer of hope I see in that area would be our defensive line living up to expectations and harassing Teddy into a subpar game, but they didn’t show up for the WKU game, and I think UL’s O-line will be much better than WKU’s. I’ll be happy if the Cats can stay within a couple of touchdowns.

    That being said, I think things will be much different next year when the next crop of recruits is in place and this group has some valuable experience. Also, the coaching staff will also have some experience working together, and they will know their opponents much better. Meanwhile, the Cards will have a huge hole to fill at QB, and who knows what will happen if Florida implodes under Muschamp and is in the hunt for a new HC. I know Charley was loyal to the Cards this past go-round when UT was offering him big bucks, but it will get really interesting if the Gators ever toss an offer his way.

  52. RealCatsFan
    9:53 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    bluegrassstu makes a valid point about Cinci – the Cards really needed for Cinci to have a great season for them to have any hopes of the BCS title game, even if they run the table. I can’t see that happening now that Cinci has gone down so early in the season.

  53. MonkeyHumpnaFootball
    10:04 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Cinci didn’t matter anyway. With their strength of schedule every BCS team would have to lose twice before they’d even be considered under the BCS system. A two loss ACC or SEC team beats them in the standings every time. Best they can do is another BCS bowl but they have Zero chance at a national title even if they won every game by 100.

  54. WKU4LIFE
    10:50 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    @bluegrassstu. You should focus your energy on the CATS. I know it’s tempting to pay attention to better teams like WKU or UofL, but don’t get ahead of yourself. Before you know it CATS will be 1-10 and we’ll all be able to cheer for UK basketball together.

  55. YouPeopleAreCrazy
    11:47 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    WKU4Life if you’re here then who’s keeping Bobby out of the sorority houses?

  56. UKkathy
    11:54 am September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, miracles can happen. And the good guys (in blue) can win. And if that little QB for that little school in Louvul wants to win a Heisman, his coach and chicken-little AD should have scheduled some real competition as UK is the only BCS eligible school on their little schedule. GO CATS!

  57. Cards Fan Here
    1:25 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    #52 is spot on regarding U of L’s chance at BCS Championship. Cincy was really our only hope (although UCF could be ranked by mid-season) and when they tanked Saturday, our shot at getting into the title game was likely shot, too.

    As for this year’s schedule, we’re stuck with it based on conference affiliation. Louisville has tried to schedule stronger teams from the SEC (Georgia, Arkansas, Auburn) and the Big 10 (Ohio State) since 2000 but they have historically (and correctly) seen a game against U of L as a no-win situation. Mired in a shitty conference, all U of L can do is play out their season and move on to the ACC next year.

    And UKKathy, you really should have a clue as to what you’re talking about before you post – the AAC is a BCS eligible conference this year which puts 5 BCS eligible teams on U of L’s schedule.

  58. JohnnyCrossEyes
    1:35 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    1200 seats available on Stub Hub ,most are selling less than face value. Don’t let the Dirty Birds take over our stadium !!!!

  59. Paul Streble
    8:01 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    A 9-3 Florida team, competing in the SEC, is still a very good football team. When is the last time uk went 9-3? Fact is, Florida was 11-1 no matter how many if’s and but’s you spin on it. It’s not UL’s fault their conference was less regarded. They beat the teams put in front of them and they earned their right to compete in a BCS Bowl vs a very good Gator team. As far as Saturday, the Cards are very talented, very experienced and very deep. Besides the solid 3 recruiting class’es Coach Strong has brought in, he also has some very good transfers. 4 star TE Gerald Christian and starting WR Robert Clark came over from the Gators. Michael Dyer and 5 star QB turned TE Zeke Pike from Auburn. A moral victory is all the Cats can hope for, pray for. If uk stays withing 14 points, it will be a moral win, in their minds, to be able to hang close to a top 10 premier team in the country. Make it 34-17 Cards. The UL 2nd team will be on the field for much of the 4th quarter. I’m with Stoop-ed shirts will immediately be for sale after the game in the parking lot

  60. Adolf
    8:03 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Cat’s are greatly out manned, probably greatly out coached

  61. Adolf
    10:33 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Latest report, Louisville fans have at least 20,000 tickets purchased for Saturday, like two years ago. Will be a not so hostile environment for UL. Only 47,00 paid in Nashville vs WKU and maybe 15,000 were Hilltopper fans. 20,000 empty seats in the home opener vs. Miami. Looks like the uk fans have not bought into the Stoops hype.