Sep 7, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Michael Dyer (26) runs to the field before the start of game against Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville defeated Eastern Kentucky 44-7. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Its game day, prepare for battle. Its Kentucky!


The war drums have begun to play.  Warriors are putting on their war paint.  Later this morning our team will find themselves in tense locker room at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington Ky, hostile territory.  There will be nothing more to say, no more preparation, no more planning, just men sitting and standing shoulder to shoulder awaiting the start of the battle.  Coach Vance Bedford will stand up with just minutes before its time with a few last words that will go something like this:

“Make no mistake about it. They are lining up to take something from us today!  This is their bowl game.  They are playing to win.  No one shows up to lose and no one is guaranteed anything in this world.  They are playing for pride, to prove something, with nothing to lose – which makes them very dangerous!  They are standing in our way.  You got to Earn It.  You got to want it more than them!  They are not going go give up cause we show up.  You got to take it from them!  They are going to hit us in the mouth.  We just have to hit back 10 times harder! Now get out there and take what is yours!!! GO CARDS!!!

Then a dark tunnel, a quiet field, and then all hell breaks loose.  The Cardinals may not face players of this size and talent for the rest of the year.  Kentucky is still an SEC team and many of their players played against some of the best teams in the country last year.  You don’t go through that type of struggle and not come out stronger and better for it.  The Kentucky football team had off-season work outs, spring football, and camp just like the Louisville players.  There are several players on the Kentucky roster that have NFL aspirations and have something more to prove beyond a win or loss today.

I guess what I am trying to impress upon Card Nation is that, while on paper Louisville is the better team, once the players set foot between those line it is up to them and anything can happen.  Any team can beat any team on any given Saturday.  We are going to have to fight, scratch, and claw for everything. We are going to have to beat them down. They are going to knock us down a few times but we are going to have to get back up with even more resolve.  Once we get them on the ropes we are going to have to  keep them on the ropes until the last second ticks off that clock.

We just can’t think is going to be easy but I think its going to be a great game.  Once the full strength of the Cardinal offensive and defensive power is laid upon the Cats its just going to be too much.  I’m predicting after a very tough first quarter that the score will be 21-7 at the half.  At the end of the game it will be a Cardinal victory with a final score of 45-14.







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