In the final lines of his address at the U of L Football Kickoff Luncheon on Friday, Bobby Petrino delivered a statement about his team’s season-opener against Alabama that is certain to make its way down to Tuscaloosa.
“Obviously they’re a very good football team,” Petrino said of the reigning national champions. “They’ve got a great tradition. Obviously we’re excited to play them. I think it’s a great challenge, and we know that. But I’m going to tell you this: If we can get where we have every, single guy on our team, every, single coach on our team to believe like I believe — because I believe we’re going to go beat them — I need everybody else here to believe that, then we will go beat them.”
Louisville’s other speakers weren’t any less brazen.
“We’re going to learn something from this game, win or win,” senior linebacker Jonathan Greenard said.
Even athletic director Vince Tyra joined in on the fun.
Greenard’s comment was just one of several expressing a high level of confidence for the opener against Alabama.
Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra mentioned going to last season’s national championship game, “where Alabama – who we’re going to play, and beat – was playing.”
These comments come on the heels of wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick telling reporters at the beginning of the week that every Louisville wide receiver can beat every Alabama defensive back one-on-one.
At this point, my guess is that these won’t be the last comments of this sort that we hear between now and Sept. 1. With any notion of “not poking the bear” out the window, why not go all in?