By: Steve Tressler
The year was 2002 and the #17 ranked Louisville Cardinals were coming off an impressive 11-2 record after the 2001 season and were now playing host to their in-state rival, the lowly and unranked (as usual) Kentucky Wildcats that were on probation for NCAA violations.
Thanks a lot Claude Bassett, if we we’re going to be on probation we should at least have a top 3 finish in the SEC to show for it. Scholarship reductions were in effect, no post-season eligibility, you know, the whole thing.
The Cardinals entered the game through their pregame smoke (and mirrors?) with then two-time All-American Honorable Mention and two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, senior QB Dave Ragone. He was being touted as their ‘Heisman Candidate’ (sound familiar?).
Ragone was beat-up all night and was barely able to walk off the field after the game.
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Fast-Forward to 2007. The #9 ranked Louisville Cardinals were coming off a most impressive 12-1 record and a BCS Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest to complete the 2006 season. Then they traveled to Lexington to play the lowly and unranked (as usual) Kentucky Wildcats. Louisville came in touting not one, but two Heisman Candidates. QB Brian Brohm and senior running back Michael Bush.
After a close game the Cards walked of the field in disbelief wondering who exactly this guy Stevie Johnson was?
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So here we go. Fast-Forward to Saturday. The #7 ranked Louisville Cardinals are again coming off a most impressive 11-2 record and a BCS Orange Bowl win over Florida this time to cap off their 2012 season and are returning senior QB and Heisman Candidate Teddy Birdgewater. (Deja Vu anyone?) And now they travel to Lexington Saturday to play the lowly and unranked (as usual) Kentucky Wildcats.
And then, just like it’s suppose to, something strange happens and the Louisville fans will leave Commonwealth Stadium in utter disbelief…..my guess:
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