Unbeaten Louisville goes where few have trod

Rarefied air we’re breathing.

With its 6-0 start, the current University of Louisville football team occupies a special place in the program’s history. With the 45-35 win over Pittsburgh Saturday, the Cardinals are off to their best start since 2006 when UofL won eight straight games
before bowing to Rutgers and concluding the season at 12-1.

Louisville had four previous seasons starting at 6-0.  Among those teams was one coached by Lee Corso in 1972, which ended the season with a 9-1 record but didn’t receive a bowl bid.

Frank Camp’s 1957 team, which featured Lenny Lyles and Ernie Green as running backs,  finished 9-1 after a 13-7 loss to Kent State but made its first post season appearance, a 34-20 Sun Bowl victory.

Only one UofL team has ever gone undefeated, the 1925 squad coached by Tom King. That team didn’t allow a point until the final game when it coughed up a safety in a 7-2 win over Marshall.

Season Coach After 6 Final
1925 Tom King

6-0

8-0

1957 Frank Camp

6-0

9-1

1972 Lee Corso

6-0

9-1

2006 Bobby Petrino

6-0

12-1

2012 Charlie Strong

6-0

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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.