Mr. Obvious here …

Take the weekend off, University of Louisville football fans. Time to get re-energized. It will be an emotional trip starting next weekend, no matter which direction Steve Kragthorpe’s program takes.signs

Many fans have already made up their minds, girding for the worst. The program, as the third season begins, remains in a period of transition.

But there’s always a glimmer of hope that things will come together. A surprising win here and there, wins over the teams they are supposed to beat, or being competitive with the better teams. Doesn’t take much to achieve the illusion of turning the program around.

Pretty far fetched but the observer has a feeling the doubters wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.

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By Charlie Springer

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

6 thoughts on “Break For Louisville Football”
  1. Enjoying every minute of my weekend off. I’m not someone who likes to get mad but some coaches bring it out of you. Peace and quiet.

  2. Our seven conference opponents did play in week 2 and based on what I’ve seen so far out of them, here’s some observations.

    Pitt and Cincy have emerged as the teams to feat in the Big East so far, with WVU not too far behind. Each team has a powerful QB with multiple receivers to throw to. Doesn’t help that UofL plays the Bearcats and Eers on the road. Jarrett Brown had 407 total yards of offensive yesterday. A bigger, stronger version of Pat White.

    We have a legit shot against USF, Syracuse and UConn.
    Syracuse is struggling to find an offense, USF struggled against WKU and UConn is having offensive woes too.

    Hard to tell about Rutgers yet. They looked awfulin week 1 against Cincy but came back and put a 45-7 pasting on Howard yesterday. Schiano’s teams have been second half of the season juggernauts over the last couple of years and they could be awesome by the time they roll in here after Thanksgiving. They’re starting the freshman QB now and we’ll see how he does against a better than average FIU team next week.

  3. While comparative scores can mean little we need to look at Eastern Illinois holding Indiana State to 95 yards of total offense and crushing the Sickamores (yeah, that’s my spelling) 31-0.

  4. UConn – UConn is similar to the type of team they were last year; a run oriented offense with a very good defense. Their running game isn’t as good as it was last year, but they still have a capable unit. Passing game is terrible and worse than last year IMO. However, I think their defense is better than last years and is arguable the best defensive squad in the league. That worries me because our offense against ISU was lethargic at best.

    Syracuse – We lost two years in a row to Greg Robinson lead Syracuse squads. The things that have me worried are the fact that Syracuse upgraded their coaching and the fact that this years squad looks a lot worse than last years squad.

    USF – We play in Tampa this year. Enough said.

  5. I’m really hoping for less Justin Burke jitters. I live in Chicago now and had enough with Rex Grossman to last a lifetime.

  6. You just had to love Cutler Sunday night, then. Four picks. The promised messiah hit a pothole…as a lifelong Bears fan, I guess I’m used to it.

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