Bleacher Report predicts UofL to go 8-4 this season
There will be plenty of predictions made from now up until the 2014 football season finally starts. As I always say with these, they don’t mean much, but they’re fun to discuss. And also it is interesting to see how national writers view the Cardinals heading into the ACC. I am waiting until kickoff gets closer to make a game-by-game prediction for the Cards this season. But Greg Wallace from bleacherreport.com has predicted the win-loss record for every new college football head coach in 2014.
In this article, Wallace predicts that Bobby Petrino will guide the Louisville Cardinals to an 8-4 record in their inaugural season in the ACC. Here is what he says about Petrino and the Cards:
Bobby Petrino hopes the second verse is as good as the first in Louisville. The nomadic sideline general had an amazing run as the Cardinals’ head coach from 2003-06, piling up a 41-9 record with an 11-win season and a 12-win season capped by an Orange Bowl win and a pair of top-10 finishes. Following controversial exits from the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas, Petrino rehabbed his image last fall with Western Kentucky, leading the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record.
Charlie Strong jumped to Texas after leading the Cardinals to a 23-3 record over the last two seasons but left some talent in the cupboard. Sophomore Will Gardner emerged as the starting quarterback in spring practice, replacing NFL first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater, one of the Cardinals’ all-time greats. He’ll be surrounded by talent like star wideout DeVante Parker and starting tailback Dominique Brown, as well as three starting offensive linemen.
Defense is a major question for the Cardinals, who return just four starters from the nation’s No. 1 total defense (251.5 yards per game) and No. 2 scoring defense (12.2 points per game) and will shift from a 4-3 to a 3-4 system under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Senior defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin will be a major threat on the edge. Moving to the ACC will be a big challenge: Louisville opens by hosting Miami and travels to Clemson and Notre Dame while also hosting Florida State for a Thursday night game. Don’t expect a 10-win season, but Louisville shouldn’t slip significantly.
Posted on July 6, 2014, in Football, Louisville Athletics and tagged ACC, ACC Football, bleacher report, Bobby Petrino, louisville cardinals, Louisville Cardinals Football. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.