Cardinals’ Relatively Easy Schedule Not to Be Taken Lightly
By Elizabeth Grimsley
The Louisville Cardinals’ football team flew under the radar for the majority of 2012 before finding themselves in a BCS bowl game at the conclusion of the season. The Cardinals went on to beat the heavy-favorite Florida Gators 33-23.
This year, the Louisville squad started out the season ranked No. 8 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Poll. Looking at the 2013 schedule for the Cardinals, there is a very good chance of the team making their way back to another BCS bowl game come January.
In a conference such as the Big East — one that most college football fans don’t care too much about — it will be harder for Louisville to make up ground against some of the more well-known and talked about teams in CFB this year. It’s certainly no Alabama, but the team showed they shouldn’t be overlooked after finishing ranked No. 13 for the 2012 season.
However, with the way the rankings are designed, Louisville will have to not only win against their opponents this season but by a significant margin as well if they want to continue to move up in the polls. And according to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, “Your focus should never shift no matter who you’re playing.” The team isn’t going to take any opponent lightly whether it be Eastern Kentucky or Cincinnati.
Facing teams such as Florida International University or Eastern Kentucky and only coming out on top by a touchdown or a few field goals isn’t going to cut it. The Cardinals are already on their way though, as they opened the season with a 49-7 win over Ohio.
Although there aren’t any visible threats on the schedule this season, the Cardinals can’t rest on their laurels. If Louisville wants a repeat of last year — or something even better — they not only have to win football games, but leave their opponents in the dust.