Game Time: Noon
Location: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium: Louisville, KY
Television: WHAS/ESPN Regional
Favorite: Louisville by 36.5
All-Time Series: Tied at 3
Last Five Meetings:
Syracuse 24, Louisville 13 (1989)
Syracuse 15, Louisville 9 (1992)
Louisville 30, Syracuse 20 (2003)
Louisville 41, Syracuse 17 (2005)
Louisville 28, Syracuse 13(2006)
Anxiety Level: 3.0. I'm far more anxious about how we look than whether or not we actually win the game. There's no way around it, Syracuse is a bad team, and if this game is close at any point in the last 20 minutes of the game then something is seriously, seriously wrong.
Game Attire: Black "This is How We Roll" T-shirt. It doesn't have any actual game experience, but it did give a strong performance at the Orange Bowl Fan Fest in January. With so many key players above him on the depth chart struggling early, this is a great opportunity for a young guy to go out their and make a statement in a Big East game.
Pre-Game Meal: Uh, Cheerios.
Top 3 Reasons You Should Still Be Excited:
1. This is a Big East game.
I'm not pulling the old Hal Mumme "the U of L/UK game doesn't matter because it's not a conference game" move, it certainly does matter, but it doesn't affect the team's opportunity to win a conference title, go to a BCS game, and possibly get a program-defining win. Plus if it happens, we all get a sweet ass vacation to somewhere warm in January.
2. Bilal Powell will carry the ball.
Powell burnt his redshirt last week and was supposed to see some touches, but Steve Kragthorpe was understandably reticent about putting the true freshman in the game after UK jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead. He will touch the ball today, and I can't wait to see how he looks because I think this kid could end up being a very, very special player.
3. It's football, damnit.
Don't forget how miserable we all were this summer while waiting for these September Saturdays. Being a fan wouldn't be nearly as exciting if the potential for loss didn't exist, and when it happens it sucks, but there's always an opportunity for a win just seven (or nine, or ten, and one time 11) days away. A conference title can still be won, and as long as that's still on the table there's no reason for any of us not to be excited about Louisville football.
Predicted Star of the Game: This feels like a Mario Urrutia game, so I'm going with the big guy to get a little retribution after a less-than-stellar performance last week.
"How many more games does Louisville lose this season?"
1. 2: 50 votes (35%)
2. 1: 26 votes (18%)
T-3. 3: 22 votes (15%)
T-3. More than three: 22 votes (15%)
5. None: 20 votes (14%)
Art Record Watch:
Points needed to break career scoring mark: 50
Extra points needed to break all-time point after record: 6
Notable and Quotable:
--Louisville has won 20 straight games at home, the second longest streak in the country behind USC.
--Louisville has won six straight games coming off of a defeat.
--Harry Douglas will be seeking his sixth straight 100-yard receiving game, and Brian Brohm his sixth straight 300-yard passing game.
--"They've played well in spurts, they're talented. I think (Robinson) is getting more comfortable each week, and they've got some playmakers on the outside." --Steve Kragthorpe
--"Last year, man, we had our opportunities. I can't tell you why, other than we made some plays, but we didn't take advantage of some situations ... (but) we had a chance to win." --SU head coach Greg Robinson
--"You get another opportunity and another chance to go out there and prove yourself. I can't think of another of another time better than right now to open up the Big East." --Earl Heyman
CC Prediction: Louisville 49, Syracuse 20