The Louisville Cardinals have continued to play solid football in the team’s second stint under coach Bobby Petrino, who returned last season after initially leaving to coach the Atlanta Falcons, Arkansas and Western Kentucky, and Petrino seems to have a high opinion of the team to which he has returned.
According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Petrino believes that Louisville is on the same level of competition as conference rivals Clemson and Florida State.
How close is Louisville to FSU, Clemson? “We’re right there,” Bobby Petrino said.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 27, 2015
Well, that’s quite the comparison, isn’t it? Petrino’s first season back in Louisville just happened to also be the team’s first in the ACC and all things considered, the Cardinals did quite well in going 9-4 (5-3 ACC) and finishing third in the Atlantic Division before losing to Georgia in the Belk Bowl. During Petrino’s first stint with the team, Louisville went 41-9 in four seasons, going 24-6 in conference play across Conference USA and the Big East.
That said, though Petrino is an excellent recruiter and is sure to succeed with Louisville, to say that the Cardinals are on the same level as FSU and Clemson is a bit odd. Keep in mind, Louisville lost to both teams last year.
But at the same time, it’s good to see that Petrino is committed to building Louisville into a top program that regularly contends for a national championship, and that will start with defeating both Clemson and FSU either this coming season or in seasons to come.
Louisville opens the season on the road against Auburn on September 5, playing at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
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