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2011 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. 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 two can be found here.


Preview – The Cardinals overachieved last season, earning a postseason bid and a bowl win. The good news is that the talent they have this year will be about the same as last year. That means that overachievement is again necessary to find success. The biggest question is if Junior Will Stein will shine at the quarterback position. The offense will take a hit from last season with the loss of Bilal Powell as well. The defense will be a solid unit that should play well together, seven starters return to patrol the field. This will make this team tough to move on. Be ready for a defensive struggle.

Key Returning Players – RB Victor Anderson, C Mario Venavides, WR Josh Bellamy

Key Losses – RB Bilal Powell, WR Doug Beaumont, QB Adam Froman,

My Thoughts – Louisville may be the toughest team in the league to predict. My gut says that their offense takes a huge step back, while their defense will remain fairly solid. They could finish anywhere from 4th to 7th, depending on their luck and which opponents show up on any given weekend.

Will We Beat Them? – Syracuse’s luck has to change right? Just brutal games to watch versus Louisville the past few years. I do think Syracuse has the advantage this year in that the Louisville offense will not be as good, while Ryan Nassib is ready to break out. Not only that, but Syracuse has extra motivation against Louisville. I like Syracuse’s chances in this one.

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