Might want to take it a little easy on the 10,391 people who didn’t show up at the University of Louisville-Temple football game Saturday.
The weather outlook for the game was dismal, as has been the case with the three most recent home games. Many of the absentees were probably still recovering from the soggy overtime win against Cincinnati.
The cold, damp and dreary script gets old, even for the most dedicated UofL fan. That and having to get out of bed and head straight for Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for a noon game. The Cardinals haven’t exactly been overwhelming their opponents.
Okay, so we’re being a little cynical. The good news is that Louisville is still on pace to set an all-time record, with average attendance at 50,720 fans per outing after six home games. The best ever was 50,648 during Charlie Strong’s first season in 2010.
As with most late November games, there’s the probability of less-than-ideal weather Nov. 24 for the final home game against UConn. Also, the premonition here is that ESPN will decide that the Louisville-UConn game is worthy of a non-prime time noon kickoff.
While the growing number of sellouts is impressive, the prospect for a new attendance record this season is far from being assured. What that says, given UofL’s perfect won-lost record this season, is that the fan base still has lots of growing to do.