Not What We Originally Had In Mind

By Adam Caparell - September 11, 2006

Some have called it the most important game in Louisville history. But as the Cardinals get ready to host Miami Saturday, coach Bobby Petrino isn’t buying it.

“That’d be overstating it a little bit,” Petrino said. “It’s certainly important to us at this time. But I don’t know about most important game in Louisville history.”

When the schedules were released, this game had all the makings. And if Louisville's Michael Bush wasn't lost for the season and Miami hadn't given the nation that lackluster performance against Florida State in the opener this very well could have been right up there with the best of them. Now it’s lost a little bit of its luster over the past few weeks.

But there are still plenty of reasons to tune in, even during one of college football's most stacked weekends in recent memory. Can Louisville show it's a legitimate top tier team against a - supposed - ACC power? Can the Big East earn another measure of respect by beating a - supposed - highly regarded BCS power school? How will Miami's defense fare against Louisiville's offense, even without Bush? Will Louisville QB Brian Brohm be able to navigate Miami’s defense, which is giving up just 200 yards per game in wins over Florida State and Florida A&M? Will the real Miami running game show up?

The ‘Canes have yet to face an offense as polished as the Cardinals. Brohm has shown no ill effects from his reconfigured knee and the running game ran all over Temple last week. Now it was Temple and Miami is a much different beast than one of the worst teams in Division I-A, but there’s no reason why the Cards can’t come away with a win in this one.

If they can limit Miami’s pass rush and give Brohm some time to operate, I think Louisville should have an excellent chance to win. We could see a good amount of play-action from Brohm to bait Miaimi safeties Kenny Phillips and Brandon Meriweather who are just as good at stopping the run as they are defending the pass.

Fantasy Football - Week 2

The fantasy football team fell to 0-2 on the season after a six-point loss to Pro Football Weekly.

I lost the points with my running backs. Darius Walker and Antonio Pittman didn’t have big games, otherwise, I basically had the matchup won.

Pro Football Weekly’s two big studs – Drew Stanton and Adrian Peterson – had monster days, and that was it for PFW.

Embarrassingly,, along with Lindy’s, is the only team without a win in the experts league. 2-0 is up next.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:08 PM on September 11, 2006

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