By Paul Sykes
While the ground swell of disappointment over Steve Kragthorpe and the University of Louisville football team appears to be nearing a volcanic eruption, this is exactly where most predicted the team would be with a third of the season gone.
One win. Three losses.
Granted, the team could have been more competitive in the losses. But let’s get out the crystal ball and look at upcoming opportunities:
- Southern Miss comes to town for homecoming without its starting quarterback and key offensive players. U of L has quarterback questions of its own, and several key injuries to boot. But this game still looks like a Louisville win.
- The Cards next travel to UConn. The Huskies haven’t done anything spectacular, but they are winning. Their game against Pittsburgh this week will be illuminating. A possible win, but U of L will be the underdog.
- Cincinnati on Oct 24th is scary. The defending Big East champ and Orange Bowl runnerup is doing very little wrong, owning a 4-0 record. Tony Pike to Marty Gilyard is about as good a passing combo as there is this year. Jacob Ramsey is a solid running back. About all the Cards have going for them is having won the last two times at Nippert Stadium.
- Arkansas State visits on Halloween. They put a scare into No. 14 Iowa Saturday, losing by only three. On they other hand, they lost to Troy at home. At least UofL is playing the guys from Jonesboro and not Fayetteville. We get treated, not tricked.
We’ll stop here. Where do you think Louisville will be after eight games? I’ll make it 3-5. I can see 4-4 with a lot of luck in East Hartford. Unlike some people, like Sonja, who has turned her attention to Lady Cards’ basketball, I’m still “into” this season and hope Louisville has some positive surprises in store.