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Tables Turn for Cardinals as Knights Take Control of the Big East

Tables Turn for Cardinals as Knights Take Control of the Big East

By Elizabeth Grimsley

When looking at the Louisville Cardinals’ schedule before the season began, it was thought that the team had one of the best chances in college football to go undefeated. With opponents like University of Central Florida and Eastern Kentucky as opponents, it looked like smooth sailing for the Cardinals to make their way to another top bowl game.

However, that all changed Friday night when unranked Central Florida upset the No. 8 Cardinals 38-35 on Louisville’s home turf.

Everything was going as planned for Louisville at the half as they were leading the game by 21 points. But it all came down to quarterback Blake Bortles who managed an 11-play, 75-yard drive that put the Knights on top with only 23 seconds for the Cardinals to respond.

The win didn’t come out of nowhere, though, and Central Florida can’t be called a complete surprise. Just three weeks ago, the Knights came a mere three points away from stunning the then-No. 13 South Carolina team by capitalizing on the Gamecocks’ mistakes. The Knights continued the same approach in Friday night’s game where they capitalized on a Louisville fumble that was recovered by Central Florida on the Cardinals’ 15.

Now the tables seem to have turned, and it’s the Knights that have found their way into the rankings at No. 21 — while the Cardinals dropped to No. 18 — with a chance at not only a good bowl game but also the Big East title as they lead the conference alongside Houston and South Florida.

Central Florida still has five conference games remaining with games against both co-leaders still on tap, so there’s plenty of time to either continue to dominate or let the lead slip form its grasp. The coming weeks will be important for all of the teams in the running for not only the title but for moving up in the overall national rankings as well.


Cardinals’ Relatively Easy Schedule Not to Be Taken Lightly

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.