Extra Points

  • Much too early for a conclusion but is it possible that this year’s U of L football team plays better on the road than at home? Thus far, they have. The Cards were one play away from beating Kentucky in Lexington and defeated North Carolina State by 19 in Raleigh. They may just need some time away from the home crowd, with all the bewildered fans.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer, which has taken a renewed interest in the UC program since being blasted by Coach Brian Kelly for ignoring the Bearcats early on, provided some bulletin board material for Coach Kragthorpe with the headline,“Cards Not Ranked, Just Rank.”
  • What’s scary, though, is the quote in the same story by Kragthorpe that likely will not appear in the bulletin post posting:

    While Kelly is concerned about Brohm and the other offensive weapons that Louisville has at its disposal, Kragthorpe is equally wary of what the Bearcats can do on offense, especially when they go to their fast-break, no-huddle offense:

    “There were 10 or 12 times in the game against Rutgers where Rutgers’ front seven was not even lined up,” Kragthorpe said. “They hadn’t broken the huddle.

    “It’s a challenge in terms of the tempo of the game. You’ve got to be ready to play the next play as soon as the last play is concluded.”

  • How does Cincinnati manage to attract good players at a location which, before this year has always had difficulty filling the stadium unless UC was playing Louisville? It says something about the quality of high school football in Ohio.
  • UC’s progress in football is good for the Big East if it’s true that the strength of the traditionally lower tier teams is a barometer of the league’s overall strength. Now if only U of L and Syracuse can get their acts together.
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The most biting quote of the week thus far came from Tom Heiser who declared on his CJ fan blog that the Kragthorpe staff has “not solved any of the glaring shortcomings that have plagued the team since Murray State’s opening drive.”

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.