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Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V

The University of Louisville Football Cardinals, who were whomped up both sides of their heads in Ole Virginny at the door step of Monticello,  are not the only folks who would like to forget last weekend.

There are the promoters of the music festival on River Road as well as old Zeppelin heads who were planning to catch Robert Plant one more once on Sunday, which day of tuneage was cancelled because of forty days and nights worth of rain that fell while David Byrne was dancing and singing in a gray suit instead of Patagonia. Psycho Killer indeed.

Then there’s yours truly’s inner seer who was headed for a truly ignominious set of predictions. Until saved somewhat by a late comeback from the Stanford Cardinal in Eugene. Thanks to that W, and the continued ascendency of the Kentucky Wildcats as projected here, the weekend was merely awful, falling just short of a call to the Haz Mat Squad and a trip to the ER.

Of course, I picked my U of L Cards to prevail. They did not. For some reason which makes not a whit of sense in retrospect, I picked Rock Chalk Jayhawk to prevail at Baylor. They did not. Then there’s U of L’s rumored/ hoped for next coach now at Purdue, Jeff Brohm, proving for the first time this campaign he might be up to coaching at Power 5 level. I picked visiting BC, which couldn’t get away from the Wabash and back to Beantown soon enough.

Thus, 2-3 for the weekend evens me at 10 up, 10 down for the campaign.

Before you start to impugn this weekly crystal ball exercise, know that I actually ran into a regular reader yesterday at lunch, who wanted to know this week’s picks in advance, promising not to reveal them until publication.

It’s nice to know at least one reader cares.

Battered, severely enough to go on the IR list, but forging ahead in the name of truth, justice, the American Way and contractual obligations, here are this week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week V

Red & Black Rants & Raves: 9/24

It’s not just locally that fans and pundits alike are taking note of the sordid state of U of L football.

Here’s the designation Stewart Mandel at theathletic.com bestowed on the Cardinal head coach:

This week’s coach on the hot seat

Louisville’s Bobby Petrino. Things are quickly deteriorating for Louisville. After a 27-3 drubbing at Virginia, the 2-2 Cardinals are tied for 123rd nationally in scoring offense (17.0 ppg). Petrino was already facing questions before the season about a staff that includes his son, two sons-in-law and retread Brian VanGorder as his latest defensive coordinator. The inept start isn’t helping.

Ouch.

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Wasn’t Petrino once considered “the next offensive savant”?

Correct answer: Yes. But that seems long ago, far away these dark days.

Well his Cards have scored, count ’em, three offensive points — 3 — in the first half this season. Those came in the waning moments against WKU. They went ofer the opening half against Bama and UVa. And scored on Rodjay Burns pick — on blown coverage it turns out — against Indiana State.

Ouch x 2. Continue reading Red & Black Rants & Raves: 9/24

Louisville CardFile: Virginia

In the run up to the season opener against Alabama, one of the nation’s football pundits — I forget both his name and the website — signaled an SOS to the L1C4 Nation.

Such is the nature of Nick Saban’s season opening smackdown success at neutral sites, and how it tends to decimate the vanquished beyond the final horn, the Cards needed to be careful that the Crimson Tide not only battered the Cardinals in the game — a given really — but that the loss wouldn’t continue to conquer U of L the rest of the way.

In the wake of two seriously underwhelming performances against Indiana State and Western Kentucky, exclamation pointed by Saturday’s disturbing and deplorable laydown against UVa, one has to wonder whether that pre-Tide warning wasn’t spot on.

So, that’s one conceivable explanation, if certainly no excuse, for U of L’s desultorily poor touchdown-free performance in Charlottesville.

Then there’s this more reasonable interpretation of the Cards’ horrible display Saturday. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Virginia

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV

For those nagging nabobs of negativitude who have been inspecting the results of my predictions and have been kind enough to inquire, the answer is “No, I’m not inclined to change the title of this weekly endeavor.”

Sweet of you to ask.

Yet, I must admit, last weekend, I suffered my second under .500 slate of the season.

Auburn couldn’t hold on at home against emerging LSU. TCU learned that Ohio State is pretty good on the gridiron, even if the Buckeye head man, now off suspension, is less than sympathetic when it comes to spouse abuse if it might impact his team’s fortunes.

And Oklahoma State, victor over Boise State, now that it no longer pays for the services of a defensive strategist with the initials BVG, actually shows some mettle stopping it’s foes when they have the ball, making the Cowboys both an outlier and title contender in the Big 12.

Kentucky and Louisville both won payday games, the latter barely.

2-3 for the weekend makes it 8-7 for the season.

I forge ahead. This week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week IV

Louisville CardFile: Western Kentucky

Among those who considered what the Louisville Cardinal offense might be like in the post-Lamar era, there was a significant contingent — myself included — who were sure there would be more balance, less reliance on one player more Petrino 1.0.

Attendant with that line of thinking was a belief that Bobby Petrino would be more comfortable with a traditional QB — heir apparent Puma Pass — whose inclination is to stay in the pocket and leave the rushing for the most part to the running backs.

While U of L was pummeled by Alabama in the opener, Pass, who but for fortune might have been the Roll Tide QB replaced by phenom Tua Tagovailoa, looked like the future for the Cards. He was eerily calm in the pocket despite unrelenting pressure from the Tide, completing 50% of his throws, and generally comporting himself admirably in his first start on national TV against what’s proving might be the scariest pigskin juggernaut in memory.

Fast forward. Here are the signal caller’s numbers of note from the Cardinals’ escape against the Hilltoppers. Ten completions in 18 attempts for 88 yards. A team leading 21 rushing attempts for 129 net yards.

Not Puma Pass. And not exactly LJ, but certainly reminiscent. Contrary to what we pundits might have believed, contrary to what Bobby Petrino was planning, things look just the same as they ever was on O.

Malik Cunningham, come on down and play. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Western Kentucky

Seedy K’s Pigskin Prognostication: Week III

The Professor’s been my best bud since high school. Love him dearly, but, truth, I hold little store in his observations about what might happen on the gridiron or hardwood.

So, when we were chatting in advance of last Saturday’s battles, I sort of tuned out when he opined that Kentucky would end its losing streak to Florida. “I watched them against, who was it, Michigan something in their opener, they’re pretty good.”

I rolled my eyes.

He was right, it turns out. Unfortunately. For any number of reasons. Not the least of which is that yours truly would have bounced back from a less than stellar opening weekend of picks with a perfecto 5/5 comeback in Week II. Cards won. Clemson survived 12 men in College Station. Houston dismantled Arizona. Penn State blistered Pitt.

But, since I went with the chalk Gators, UK’s victory left me 4/5. Hey, predictioneering is not an exact science. If it were, Las Vegas would be nothing but a ramshackle general store with a half empty cooler and shelves of melted Kit Kats by the side of a dusty two-lane about thirty miles west of Hoover Dam.

Anyway, the 80% weekend puts me at 6-4 on the still young campaign.

Starting to get my rhythm, here are this week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Pigskin Prognostication: Week III

Louisville CardFile: Indiana State

At some point during the five hour forty three minute slushy slog that was Louisville’s drenched 31-7 victory over Indiana State at renovated Cardinal Stadium, it came to me.

It being how to distill all of the evening’s bizarro twists and turns into a single word.

Furshlugginer.

It is from the Mad Magazine of my youth. When the editors of that ‘zine, who used it often, were once asked by a reader to give a meaning, they replied, “It means the same as potrzebie.”

Just how furshlugginer was it? Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Indiana State

Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week II

Your steadfast pigskin forecaster has had more auspicious beginnings to a season.

The U of L Cardinals, Michigan Wolverines and Miami Hurricanes — all predicted to prevail by yours truly — were not the only ones battered in Week I.

My foresight obviously faltered, proving arguably in need of some tweaking, if not complete recalibration.

Auburn and UK came through. Still folks, I am not a happy camper and have dedicated myself to not allowing such incorrectitude to occur again.

Thus, I’ve powered down and powered back up. Jiggered with the complicated formulations used to correctly identify winners in advance. And erased all cookies. (Actually eaten all cookies. A man gets hungry sitting in his recliner for hours on end watching football over a holiday weekend.)

I stand but 2-3 after opening kickoffs, but forge ahead with confidence.

Here are this week’s winners: Continue reading Seedy K’s Peerless Pigskin Prognostications: Week II

Louisville CardFile: Alabama

If there’s any doubt — and there really shouldn’t be — in addition to all his technical coaching prowess, his ability to recruit, his intensity, that Nick Saban also desires to dominate, impose his will, that doubt was dispelled last night in Orlando.

Before the kickoff.

The Alabama coach, a master of details, is obviously aware of Bobby Petrino’s habit of always wanting the ball first, going against convention by choosing to receive when he wins the toss.

So Saban, as mean a competitor as Bill Belichick if not quite as reviled, went et tu brute when the Tide won the toss, not deferring, receiving the kickoff and sending his O on the field.

As if to admonish the Louisville sideline: Anything you can do, we can do better.

Which they did. Starting with a no muss, no fuss, no problem seven play, 65 yard drive in 3:05 for Roll Tide’s first of many TDs on the evening. During that opening offensive clinic, future Heisman winner Tua Tagovailoa connected on all four of his passes for 60 yards.

Ball game.

At the end of the opening half, Saban again proved his willingness to stomp his heel on an opponents throat as an exclamation point. Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Alabama

Critical Year for U of L Cards, Part II: Questions, Answers, Reality

Let’s start with The Truth.

The University of Louisville Cardinals football schedule in this transition season is not exactly a recipe for grannie’s beloved chocolate banana meringue pie.

The opener is on the road against consensus preseason #1 Roll Tide, defending CFP champs and in the argument for crafting the most dominant run of campaigns in the sport . . . ever. Not to mention that ‘Bama’s coach is among the handful in the argument as best . . . ever.

The Cards also face conference rival, preseason #2 Clemson on the road. The Tigers feature a front defensive four, heralded as the best DL . . . ever. Did I mention the game is in Death Valley?

U of L’s league slate includes a crossover battle with the nation’s hardest team to prepare for, Georgia Tech. Plus meet and greets with consensus preseason Top 25 Florida State, BC, NC State, Wake Forest and Syracuse. All are members of the ACC Atlantic, dubbed by The World Wide Leader as the 3d toughest division in college pigskin this year, behind SEC W, and B10 E.

Plus this reality: Bobby Petrino 2.2 commences, at least one guy’s opinion, with the most critical campaign of either of the mentor’s reigns as Cardinal coach. I sense he’s feeling a bit of pressure, if not exactly on a hot seat. Continue reading Critical Year for U of L Cards, Part II: Questions, Answers, Reality