Louisville football and basketball teams both prevail in huge road tests

Louisville players and fans sang "County Roads" two Saturdays ago after the football team shocked West Virginia in Morgantown. We should probably start singing "Some Days Are Diamonds" now.

First, the football team goes on the road and knocks off Connecticut by 14. The win makes Louisville bowl eligible for the second time in as many seasons, and assures that the Cards will finish the year with a winning record in the Big East for the first time since 2006.

In that 2006 season, U of L went to the Orange Bowl. That's also a very real possibility right now. If Louisville beats South Florida next Friday and then West Virginia beats Pitt and Cincinnati loses to either Syracuse or Connecticut, the Cardinals will head to the BCS. Unbelievable.

Additional congratulations to Charlie Strong, who will become just the third Louisville football coach to take the Cardinals into the postseason in each of his first two seasons on the job.

Also, this:

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Just go ahead and take that in. The time is 5:41 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, and the Louisville football Cardinals are in first place in the Big East conference.

If that weren't enough, the basketball team also went on the road and left Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 16-point victory over the two-time defending national runner-ups. Oh, and they did so with their best player playing a grand total of zero seconds.

Chris Smith and Kyle Kuric did what senior captains are supposed to do in a situation like the one they faced this afternoon: step up and put the team on their back. The pair combined for 32 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and just 2 turnovers.

Afterward, Butler head coach Brad Stevens characterized Louisville as an "April team" if they're able to get healthy.

I need Pitbull, I need Dr Pepper, I need an overpass and I need completely unnecessary parkour...and I need it immediately.


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