The 2022 season could not have started more disappointing:
- A resounding loss on the road to Syracuse 31-7 (currently 5-0).
- A tight victory on the road against UCF (currently 3-1).
- A 4-point loss to Florida State at home (currently 4-1).
- A blowout of a bad football team in USF (currently 1-4).
- A 1-point loss to a bad Boston College team on the road. (currently 2-3).
Louisville’s played 3 pretty good teams and two pretty bad ones. Boston College on Saturday was beat up, ravaged with injuries and did everything under the sun to give Louisville the win. Go back and watch the truly head scratching turnovers and penalties that BC committed…….. and yet Boston College was able to win the game.
Big Plays Allowed:
- 50 YARDS from Phil Jurkovec to Jaelen Gill
- 26 YARD RUN from Patrick Garwo
- 22 YARD RUN from Zay Flowers
- 15 YARD RUN from Alex Broome
- 57 YARDS from Phil Jurkovec to Zay Flowers
- 20 YARD RUN from Patrick Garwo
- 18 YARDS from Jurkovec to Jaelen Gill
- 17 YARDS from Jurkovec to Jaelen Gill
- 40 YARD RUN from Alex BROOME
- 69 YARDS from Jurkovec to Zay Flowers
- 16 YARDS from Jurkovec to Zay Flowers
- 33 YARD RUN! from Phil Jurkovec
- 18 YARD RUN from Alex Broome
THIRTEEN PLAYS of 15+ Yards on Saturday. 13!!!! Boston College was averaging 4.32 yards per play going into Saturday’s game. They averaged 7.9 yards per play against Louisville.
BC rushed for 144 yards against Louisville. The Eagles had combined for 128 yards on the ground in their first three games versus Power Five opponents this season.
Louisville is 125th (of 131) in Allowing Plays of 20+ Yards or More. Only Hawaii, North Texas, South Florida, Colorado, Ohio and Charlotte have allowed more.
WHO CARES. Injuries in football are going to happen. AND you can’t have 3 years of bad luck. Eventually it comes down to being detailed and drilling and not accepting subpar play. College Football is a brutal business.
Louisville fans aren’t going to sit idle and watch John L. Smith go to Michigan State, Bobby Petrino go to the Falcons, Charlie Strong go to Texas because “That’s the way it is”. And then watch Scott Satterfield interview at South Carolina after the 2019 and Bryan Brown interview at Tennessee after 2020 and then the fans are expecting to have undying loyalty for a product that everyone knows isn’t good enough?
It’s a job, get it done. This is college football.
It is bad luck that Jermayne Lole and Dee Wiggins are out for the year. It’s terrible luck that Caleb Chandler, Ashton Gillotte and Tiyon Evans have nagging injuries. But it doesn’t matter because Louisville Football won just 4 games in 2020 and squandered 4 wins in 2021 while going 6-7. Louisville is just 3-6 in its last 9 games where it is leading or tied going into the 4th quarter.
Retaining Bryan Brown as Bicknell & Brewer depart
The changes for Louisville Football happened on the Offensive side of the ball. Things were working there. Things weren’t working on the defensive side of the ball.
North Carolina has had dramatic improvement on its offensive line with Jack Bicknell. Maryland’s passing offense is #19 in the country!
In 2021 defensively Louisville was 77th in scoring, 83rd in yards allowed, 94th in passing defense, 73rd in rushing defense, 61st in Opponent 3rd down, 110th in Red Zone Conversions Allowed, and 88th in Yards Per Play Allowed.
It was clear that defensive changes needed to be made……. and they weren’t. Bryan Brown came back. Cort Dennison was already gone and was replaced by Wesley McGriff and nothing else changed. Louisville has some really nice defensive parts and players….. but this defense is NOT getting the job done. And now it’s not getting the job done against bad offenses.
As it stands in 2022 so far: 60th in Scoring Defense, 73rd in Yards Allowed, 101st in Yards Per Play Allowed.
Another 4th Quarter Collapse
Louisville is just 3-6 in its last 9 games where it is leading or tied going into the 4th quarter. Not much more to say than that.
The Schedule Gets More Difficult From Here
It’s not getting any easier on the schedule. Virginia has been nearly impossible to beat in Charlottesville over the years despite what team Louisville or Virginia has been. In 2016 it took a late Lamar Jackson game winning TD throw to beat a 2-10 Virginia Team in Charlottesville.
Pitt was ranked. Wake Forest just beat Florida State in Tallahassee, James Madison has the #1 defense in the country, Clemson is a College Football Playoff Contender, NC State was ranked #10 in the country earlier this week and Kentucky was ranked #7 before losing to Ole Miss in Oxford.
Louisville is 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the ACC. If they want to turn things around they are going to have to play much better football against much better competition.