There are plenty of reasons for UK fans to have their heads held high today. We got to spend yesterday cheering on a special team, and while the results weren’t exactly perfect, we still made sure that every CBS viewer at home understood just how much the BBN really cares about football. We lost to an elite team, but the season is far from over, and a top-tier bowl game is still within our grasp.
And hey, at least we aren’t Louisville.
The Cards have proven themselves to be among the most abysmal major conference teams in college football this season. Bobby Petrino, long touted as an offensive guru, has seemingly forgotten that there is, indeed, an entirely different half of the game. The Cardinal defense is giving up 40.8 points per game, which actually includes their early season win over Indiana State, where UofL won 31-7. Remove that game from the sample and the average jumps to 45 points. Finally, if you just look at the ACC slate, the figure is 48.7 points per game allowed. Their defense is somehow getting worse as the year goes on.
Breaking down the scoring from Louisville’s humiliating outing at Clemson yesterday has honestly softened the blow of UK’s loss for me. The Tigers had two different QBs throw for at least 2 touchdowns. Four different Clemson rushers reached pay dirt, three of whom eclipsed 100 yards rushing on the day. Five different Tiger receivers found the end zone. It was just unmitigated slaughter.
One funny stat I saw pointed out: you could spin these stats to say that Louisville’s passing defense is actually OK. They did, after all, only allow 169 yards through the air, which sounds nice. Until you notice that they gave up 492 rushing yards. Why risk the interception when the D-Line can’t stop a toddler?
Misery, as they say, loves company. So if you’re feeling somber today that our beloved Cats won’t be making the trip to Atlanta, just find the nearest Cards fan and remind them that their team is a dumpster fire with an incredibly expensive to fire coach, and we’ll be seeing them in 3 weeks.