As we get closer and closer to the start of the college football season, every major publication will tell you how your team will perform this season. I just want to let you in on a little secret – They don’t really know. They just want to get clicks, sell subscriptions or magazines. They cover every college team and often times don’t do their due diligence but rather just give you the obvious, like ” Lamar Jackson’s production will be tough to replace.”
In about a month or so I will give you my annual game by game predictions. While I am not a college football coach, I’ll give you what I believe to be the truth no matter if it hurts or not. My predictions will be based what I have observed and from information I have obtained through conversations with both Louisville staff and student athletes and not an attempt to sell you on anything.
Until then, I want to give you a few things you can expect from the 2018-2019 version of the Louisville football team.
The first thing you can expect is inconsistency. With Louisville losing about 14 starters, there will be many young players getting a chance to prove themselves. Not only will there be youngsters but there are several transfers who will finally get their shot to hit the field. This combination of youth and newcomers will need some time to gel. I know there is a wealth of talent possessed by these young guys but I also know with youth there comes mistakes. So, while we will see some amazing high light reel plays, both on offense and defense, we will also see some head scratching fundamental mistakes. It’s just part of the growing pains. But if the youngsters can learn from their mistakes, it could really pay off at the end of the season. Be patient.
I can also tell you that most publications will lead you to believe that Bobby Petrino will be getting back to his pass-first offense. Well, if you look at the numbers, Petrino traditionally runs a more balanced attack led by a power running game while not shying away from throwing the ball deep downfield. I fully expect that if Dae Williams is healthy, the balanced attack will return and the offense will resemble a more traditional Petrino offense. And if I remember correctly, that is good news for Louisville fans and not so good news for opposing defenses.
The thing I am most certain of is the receivers. I promise you that you will not see a college football player run better or more consistent routes than Dez Fitzpatrick. My advise to you my fellow Card fans, enjoy him while he is here. He is a special one. I am currently still crunching the numbers for a future article but I can tell you that Louisville will have one of the top receiving tandems with Dez and Jaylen Smith. Throw the big play ability of Seth Dawkins in there and defensive coordinators will be more confused than UK fans on senior night at Rupp Arena. Yes, the receivers will be solid. Expect it, embrace it, enjoy it!
What I can’t tell you for sure is how many games Louisville will win or what bowl game they will likely be a candidate for. Just expect for these kids to give you their best effort and entertain you. As long as they give me their best then I am just fine with whatever happens. I have faith in this team and the coaching staff.
Be sure to check out Cardinalsportszone.com as we get closer and closer to the start of football season. We will be bringing you position breakdowns, predictions, more recruiting news, media day coverage, interviews, photos, stadium expansion info, uniform updates and maybe even a highlight video or two. We have it all covered here at CSZ and feel free to ask us anything. We will bring you everything you need to be ready for Cardinal football.
As Always, GO CARDS!