Its been a rough week for the Cardinal faithful. As much as we hoped that we would finally get over that Tiger-shaped hump, not only did we fail to do so, but the Louisville Football program was… humbled to say the least. Blame whatever you want, whether that be poor planning by the coaches, bad execution by the defense, a lack of crowd involvement/noise, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, changes have to be made in order for this team to bounce back, and I have no doubt that they will be made.
However, I saw a lot of fans take the opposite approach. A vast majorly of fans took the opportunity to declare that we were done, and that the season was lost. Some fans even called for drastic measures, such as that many coaches, including head coach Bobby Petrino, should be fired immediately. So, to those fans that wanna scream from the rafters that the 2017 Louisville Football season is wrapped up, let me take the time to explain that we ain’t dead yet, and that there is plenty of football left to turn the course of the season.
I’ll actually use an example of two teams from last season that found themselves in similar predicaments, if not worse. We’ll call them Team A and Team B.
Team A opened the 2016 season with a 2-2 record over their first 4 games. In their 2nd game, Team A was beaten by their most hated rival by just a field goal. If that wasn’t a blow to their moral, in their 4th game of the year, Team A went on the road, and was beaten by 39 points against a top 5 opponent.
It didnt fare any better for Team B. They actually opened up the 2016 with a disappointing 1-3 record. In their opening game of the season, they were thoroughly embarrassed, losing by 46 points. While they bounced back the following week, games 3 and 4 were lost by a combined score of 21 points.
So who are these teams?
Team A is Penn State.
Team B is USC.
Both teams were able to turn their seasons around, with Penn State upsetting #2 Ohio State and USC upsetting #4 Washington. Not only that, but they both ended up winning out, until meeting in the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl.
Louisville could easily find themselves in a similar spot, and we’re actually set up quite nicely for it. We have two tune up games against Kent State and Murray State before facing a potential trap game against NC State on a Thursday night. If we pass that test, then we have a serious shot of leaving Doak Campbell Stadium with a win against Florida State. At that point, we’re in the driver’s seat to make it to a New Year’s Six bowl.
It won’t be easy. But this team still has a shot at making this season something special. Don’t listen to the naysayers and the doubters, Louisville Football is still very much alive.