In January, the Louisville Cardinals were on top of the world. They dominated the then third-ranked Florida Gators to win the Sugar Bowl and knew they’d be returning a very talented team in 2013, including one of the Heisman trophy front runners in Teddy Bridgewater.
Bridgewater has lived up to the billing. He’s completed 79 of 110 passes for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns.
For the most part, the rest of Cardinals have too. They’ve defeated Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky and Florida International. Their 27-13 victory over Kentucky was the only game that was even relatively close.
The problem? That schedule won’t be looked highly upon by anyone. In fact, should the Cardinals go undefeated, their best win would likely be a home victory over Central Florida on October 18.
“People look at where we are and look at the team we have and they say ‘OK, you guys have a good football team, but you’re not playing anybody,” Louisville coach Charlie Strong told the Associated Presss Monday. “I tell our team all the time, it’s all about how we play and we can’t worry about what anyone else says.”
When your remaining schedule consists Temple, Rutgers, Central, South Florida, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis and Cincinnati, who lost their quarterback for the season, that’s all you can do.
Louisville is going to have go unbeaten and have several teams lose multiple games.