As a University of Kentucky alum, the college football season tends to be something less than memorable. And of course, UK’s athletic conference (the SEC, which some suggest stands for “Someone’s Eternally Cheating”) has a certain reputation for misplaced priorities.
Still, I can take some comfort in the fact that we’re a bit less sleazy than our cross-state rivals in the Commonwealth’s largest city. And that brings us to our QotD, from Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports:
The ACC Atlantic team we completely disregarded in that conversation, and which I’m starting to believe is one of the biggest sleepers nationally, is Louisville. Because most predictions are based on the simplistic “returning starters” stat, it’s easy to disregard the Cardinals, which technically return just seven. But that doesn’t do justice to Bobby Petrino’s “Transfer U” roster. Half his starting secondary will likely be former Georgia starters Shaq Wiggins and Josh Harvey-Clemons. Wayward ex-TCU star Devonte Fields, a former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, joins the D-line. But most of all, look at Petrino’s track record with second-year teams. His 2004 Louisville team jumped from 9-4 to 11-1. His 2009 Arkansas team went from 5-7 to 8-5.
It will be such a great feel-good story when “changed man” Petrino and his band of other teams’ disciplinary castoffs sneak up and win the division.
Mens sana in corpore sano, right, everyone?
A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Darrell at Kentucky Sports Report.