Bobby Petrino got his first commitment from the class of 2016 on Saturday when Baylen Buchanan pledged to the Cards. That last name should get your attention. His father is former Louisville great Ray Buchanan. If you are too young to remember Ray, here is his bio from GoCards.com:
He endeared himself to all Louisville fans as “Big Play” Ray, but it was a career that almost wasn’t for Ray Buchanan.
Arriving as a wide receiver/ running back from Maywood, Ill., Buchanan initially balked at being moved to the defensive backfield, to the point of almost transferring. After some convincing by coach Howard Schnellenberger, Buchanan made the switch and left his mark on the U of L and NFL history books as a two-time collegiate All-American and NFL Pro Bowl selection.
Jerry Palm has released his bowl projections for this season on cbssports.com, and he has UofL in a rematch of one of the biggest wins in program history. He projects the Cards to make it all the way to the Sugar Bowl to face…Alabama. These teams faced off in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl, with Louisville winning 34-7! Here are some fun facts about that game from fiestabowl.org , followed by the link to the rest of Palm’s bowl projections.