The good news is there’s a football game coming up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The bad news is that it will likely be the last game for the University of Louisville. The Cards’ most likely bowl invitation, if they were to defeat Rutgers, appeared to be the Papa John’s Bowl in Birmingham.
Scratch that. Cincinnati (9-3) has accepted an invitation to play Southern Mississippi (7-5) in the Dec. 22 bowl game. Attendance must not have been much a factor for the bowl sponsors. Neither team travels very well.
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The chatter surrounding the Rutgers program seems to be focused on their appearance in the International Bowl, rather than on the Louisville game — quite a switch from last year when the lights in the Empire State Building signaled support for Rutgers in one of the biggest games of the college football season.
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In case you missed it, the Rutgers game is a “Black Out” game, with fans being asked to wear all black. Someone must have known something when it was scheduled before the season started. For many fans, black seems an appropriate color to bury this season’s anxieties. Whatever happened to red, anyway?
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The spotlight will not shine as bright as it once did on U of L’s Brian Brohm and Rutgers’ Ray Rice, but expect both to put up big numbers. Brohm has thrown for 29 touchdown and 3,787 yards, Rice has run for 17 touchdowns and 1,612 yards. Neither will receive many Heisman Trophy votes. However, they will be among the top five draft choices.