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2009 Big East Prospectus Part 3: Louisville

Editor’s Note: This is part three of an eight part series giving analysis of each of the eight teams in the Big East Football Conference, proceeding alphabetically, but ending with Syracuse. Two new teams will be released each weekday for the next four days, leading up to the start of the Syracuse Football season. Feel free to use the comment section to supplement the facts and analysis presented, however the opinions will stand. Enjoy and I hope you are looking forward to the new Big East football season as much as I am. Part 2 can be found here.
Preview – Of all the coaches on the hot seat in America, easily in the top five is Steve Kragthorpe, coach of Louisville. He has decided to control his own destiny and call plays and be the offensive coordinator this season. However, he will have his third starting quarterback in as many years. This time, it is Justin Burke, a transfer from NC State. The offensive good news for Louisville is they have stud RB Victor Anderson (183car, 1047yds, 5.7avg, 9 Tot. TD) returning to carry the ball. Defensively, the back seven are solid, but the defensive line is rebuilding from last season. This team will struggle, and this team will live and die by their new quarterback and the ability to pressure the other teams quarterback. Chances are that nither will impress too much however.

Key Returning Players – RB Victor Anderson, LB Jon Dempsey, WR Doug Beaumont

Key Losses – QB Hunter Cantwell, RB Brock Bolin, C Eric Wood

My Thoughts – This team should not do any better than seventh or last in the conference this season. Unless Tyler Wolfe turns out to be the next Tim Tebow this will be a long season for Cardinal fans. They will have a good running game, but unless this team can establish the pass, the run will obviously never work. If teams have good offensive lines, the Louisville defense should not be too hard to beat as well. This will not be a good team this season, unless they defy all expectations and conventional logic.

Will We Beat Them? – Syracuse has beaten Louisville the last two seasons, both in the Carrier Dome and in L’ville. These two wins have happened in the worst stretch of Syracuse football in the history of the program. Now Syracuse has a new coach, new players, new attitudes, and are looking to “win some f***ing games”. Syracuse should win this game, and earn a Big East victory.

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