By Paul Sykes
A wakeup call for University of Louisville fans.
ESPN columnist Pat Forde has picked Murray State to upset U of L in the season football opener Thursday. Before rushing out and having Forde put on a 48-hour behavioral watch, consider these facts:
- Forde has never been a great football prognosticator. However:
- The Cards have no experienced defensive cornerbacks. Murray State is a team that returns a passing game filled with players which threw for over 360 yards per game last year.
- Louisvile offensive line anchor Mario Benevides will miss the contest at center because of an ankle injury. He was the only returning offensive lineman starter from last year. Not good sign for QB Will Stein.
- Murray State is being picked by more than a few analysts to win the Ohio Valley Conference and won five out of its final six games to close out 2010.
U of L will pull this one out…but fans expecting a 30-40 point blow-out may be watching nervously in the fourth quarter of a game that could be far from decided.