The Auburn Tigers open their season against Louisville in Atlanta on Saturday and while it’s a great matchup on paper, one Auburn player in particular doesn’t appear to be too concerned. Speaking to reporters, Tigers defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert was asked about what challenges the Cardinals posed to his team.
His response? “Nothing, really.”
That’s big talk for someone a team that took something of a step back last season, just one year after making the BCS National Championship Game. Lambert tore his ACL in Auburn’s game against Samford last season, and is probably just determined to overcome his own personal challenge of getting back on the field rather than think about the challenge Louisville may pose.
But he’ll learn fast just how tough this Cardinals team is. Louisville went 9-4 (5-3 ACC) in the first season of coach Bobby Petrino’s second stint with the team, and will enter 2015 hungry. The Cardinals are currently 11-point underdogs in this game, and it’s an even safer bet that they will be looking to make a statement quickly in this neutral site game.
At that point, Lambert could very well be forced to eat his words.
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