The ease with which the Memphis football team moved the ball against the University of Louisville defense on Friday brought back memories of Middle Tennessee Stateâ€™s shocking performance last season.
The MTSU near disaster was a wake up call for Card fans. New coach, new offensive sets. Worst: a new and porous defense, giving 555 yards in total yards and an average of 10.1 yards per play. UofL was clinging to a slim 38-31 lead at half time and UofL fans were shaking their heads in disbelief at the ineptness.
Times had changed at Papa Johnâ€™s Cardinal Stadium, the extent to which people couldnâ€™t fully appreciate until four games into the season and a shocking 38-35 loss to lowly Syracuse.
One of the key questions after last week was whether Memphis was that good or whether a UofL defense, which had shown remarkable progress in the first four games, has reverted back to its old ways. Were the Cards taking Memphis lightly or where they simply overmatched? Rarely has a win felt so undeserving.
Don’t look now, but Middle Tennessee returns to PJCS this week.
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NoÂ Brainer â€“ Who should Card fans cheer for as Bobby Petrino takes his Arkansas team to Lexington against Kentucky this Saturday. Thatâ€™s the question Courier-Journal columnist Rick Bozich poses, suggesting itâ€™s some sort of dilemma.
Not even close. You pull for Arkansas, just as you would for any other team that plays UK. This is, after all, the same university that has consistently used its clout to deny U of L valuable resources and exposure for decades.Â Often to the extent of embarrassing itself with its own fans.
Then there are the UK fans themselves, some of the worst examples living right here amongst us in Louisville. Refusing to acknowledge UofL accomplishments, disrespecting the Big East. Talked to a couple of them the other day who actually believe SEC basketball is better than Big East basketball. They really do, no kidding.
Some argue that state pride should be a consideration. Thatâ€™s laughable when the state in question is Kentucky. Come on. Maybe some day when Louisville gets a fair shake from the state. Don’t hold your breath but until that happens:Â Go Razorbacks.
Who are you pulling for?