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With both the men’s and women’s basketball teams in the final game of their respective championship brackets in 2013, all that’s left for Louisville to do is find a way to launch its football program into the BCS title game to make the Cardinals a rare three-time winner in a single calendar year.
And, oddly enough, the Louisville gridders have as equally a compelling shot at a spot in the title game as did their co-ed counterparts on the hardwood.
Yes, the Cardinals will make the BCS title game in 2013 because they will run the tables this season; a task which becomes easier when you remember that this is their final campaign in a totally revamped Big East, or American Athletic conference as it has been recently rebranded.
The 2013 edition of the Big East consists of Cincinnati, UConn, Houston, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, Temple, UCF, USF and Louisville, the team that just so happens to return more starters than any other team in the field this upcoming season.
The healthy return stats include six on an explosive offense (No. 24 in passing yards) and nine to a defense that finished 2012 ranked No. 36 nationally in scoring.
But, perhaps the biggest reason that Louisville whizzes into the championship game (the national one) is that if it finishes perfectly and wins the Big East it will have a direct shot, via an automatic bid, to the title tilt.
Yes, remember that 2013 is the final season that the Big East will have a BCS auto-bid, a huge deal when you’re a member team trying to win it all.
It’s simple; Louisville builds on its 11-win success story from 2012, a total reached with a very young team, and blows through a schedule that is well, blow-able.
On the slate for the Cardinals this season are home games versus Ohio (the Bobcats, not the Buckeyes), FCS Eastern Kentucky, FIU, Rutgers, UCF, Houston and Memphis and road trips to Kentucky, Temple, USF, UConn and Cincinnati.
If Louisville can win all these games and go undefeated while the rest of the field finishes with, at best, one loss, the Cardinals make the title game.
This scenario also works if say one team, like Alabama, goes undefeated and every other team top ranked team drops at least one game.