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Which Win will be Bigger: 2007 or 2012?

Stevie decided that Little Brother needed to be put in his place.

Matt has often said that with a Kentucky win tomorrow, it will be the equivalent of Kentucky losing to Louisville in this year’s Final Four. The fans have been jawing saying they will win by 3 touchdowns plus, with the evidence being a Co-Big East Championship and a loss to NC State in the Belk Bowl. In 2007 the Cards entered the season as the team to bust the National Championship game and force the SEC to play a Big East team. With that being said, which game had more on the line going in, and which loss will have the most repercussions for the Louisville Football program?

Stevie decided that Little Brother needed to be put in his place.

2007

Entering the game, my big Cousin Brian Brohm was on the cover of magazines as a threat to win the Heisman. They had won the Orange Bowl, and Brian decided to stay home for another year to get to that title game, after coming up short with a loss at Rutgers in 2006. Louisville fans said they would have won if they had Michael Bush. Entering the game as #9 in the country and a favorite, The Cats had a tall task ahead of them.

Well Steve Johnson decided to get loose inside the last minute for a 50+ yard touchdown that gave the Cats the Final 40-34 win. I could talk all day about how amazing that experience was, but you’ve heard it before and were probably there for it. The result for the Cards: lost BCS National Championship hopes, more losses that lead to a Bowl-less season, Brian dropped to the 2nd round in the draft, Kragthorpe only lasted another year, and the team still hasn’t fully returned to “prominence”. 5 years in the bottom barrel of the Big East.

Avery says: “Prepare to eat grass Teddy!”

2012

U of Smell has their 1st preseason ranking since 2007, at #25. Charlie Strong has changed the attitude at U of L, and despite only having a 7-6 record last season and losing at home to Marshall and FIU, they did technically win the Big East (with two others). The Cards won an ugly game in Commonwealth last year, in a game where both teams were very young. Playing at home, the Cardinal wants to show that they’re back for good, and that they can actually stir up some national attention.

A loss Sunday will make people around the nation shake their heads at the Big East. Not only will they lose another home game (they are 6-7 at home since Strong began coaching) but all of their new season ticket holders will have to say, “not again”. It will give Kentucky the chance to go to a Bowl game, and give Joker Phillips the chance to be a long-term coach at UK. Lucky for Louisville, the Big East is the worst it has ever beensince they started playing football. Strong showed that they can bounce back from losses last season, and they should still be able to win the Big East and go to a BCS game (they’ll get destroyed, but Losers don’t care too much).

 

Bottom Line: While this win will make Louisville fans angrier than a waiter at Porcini’s, the Cards have much more upward mobility this season than they did when Kragthorpe ran the team. 2007 set Louisville back 5 years, and unless Charlie leaves for greener pastures soon, there’s no way a win this year can put the team back as much as Stevie put them back.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Which Win will be Bigger: 2007 or 2012?



  1. Basic Editing and Proofreading Skills
    11:36 am September 1, 2012 Permalink

    Please think about me next time you decide to post.



  2. Axe Cop
    11:45 am September 1, 2012 Permalink

    That Porcini’s joke doesn’t really make any sense.



  3. UPSCat4080
    11:46 am September 1, 2012 Permalink

    Lol I was going to say I did not want to be “that guy”, but Nick….really? “with a lost (loss) at Rutgers…” and “Stevie decided to get lose (loose)…” this isnt the new KSRSixthGrade website, is it?



  4. Editing Police
    11:48 am September 1, 2012 Permalink

    We are on the prowl again.



  5. Carl
    11:54 am September 1, 2012 Permalink

    The win in 2007 was huge and was the beginning of the end for UL as a national football power but….Kentucky had a good team that year and had expectation for some success. Winning this year would be bigger because of the perceived gap between the talent of the two teams. Although there isn’t as much at stake as the final four game it would certainly put a damper on the season for louisville fans if they lose.



  6. Nick Roush
    11:58 am September 1, 2012 Permalink

    3. I tried to catch em before anybody else caught wind. But don’t worry, the rest will be good to go. If any of you all beat me the rest of the day, I will concede



  7. cats
    12:09 pm September 1, 2012 Permalink

    Is this dude cousins with everyone? He has a cousin who is a paralympics superstar and also Brian Brohm?



  8. Blue Jesus
    12:13 pm September 1, 2012 Permalink

    7) As far as I know, he’s not my cousin. So no.



  9. Poco Chang
    8:20 am September 2, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think this is what Matt had in mind when he said ‘ridiculous.’