The only thing that makes some UofL fans happier than a Cardinal win is a UK loss so Saturday had to rank up there with one of the better weekends of this crossover football-basketball month for the Cardinal Nation.
UofL fans saw UK’s football team lose bowl eligibility with a closer than expected loss at Georgia while the UofL football team became bowl eligible with a 34-20 win at UCONN (the first win for the Cards in Storrs). That was followed with the basketball squad taking the NCAA Butler Bulldogs behind the fieldhouse for an early-season 69-53 whipping.
Yes, UK blasted Penn State and eased by ODU too but let’s face it, November basketball wins are as worthless as a Pog collection. Still we’re getting glimpses of what could be a March run for both teams.
Charlie Strong’s Louisville football team, on the other hand, HAD to have the win over UCONN and may need to get the win at South Florida Friday to really nail down a bowl spot.
UofL still has a shot of the winning the Big East title. Yes. That is a true statement. Remember Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch? That’s the Big East for the BCS. Just like the Brady Bunch, the BCS kinda had a good thing going then along comes the Big East, not even good for comedy and poised to bring down the whole deal quicker than the mercy killing ABC executives did on the Brady family.
The BCS may fire the pre-emptive strike and cancel its ties to the other bowls while focusing on just arranging the meeting between #1 and #2, much like what happens in your toilet bowl. That was one of the proposals leaked out last week after a meeting between BCS officials.
The whole system is predicated on deciding a national champion without a playoff. It’s also predicated on trying to line the pockets of institutions while we’re enjoying the play of these amateur “student-athletes.”
If it happens, it’ll happen in a future season, not this one. And that means a 7-5 UofL team could win the Big East conference and a berth into a prestigious BCS bowl. Good for the Cardinals if that happens and good for the BCS, too. It’s the system you came up with and it’s the legacy you’re leaving with NCAA Football. Cue Cousin Oliver.
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