Louisville football sits at 1-2 but has a prime opportunity to bounce back.
R-E-L-A-X………… reeeeelaxxxxxx. I don’t know how many of you needed to read that after Louisville football’s start to the season, but I’d imagine it’s quite a few. In fact, if you’ve felt like the defense will never recover, it was too good to be true, or that the ceiling is falling – go ahead and read that again and then let’s start fresh.
A bye week could not have come at a better time, falling the week after Louisville struggled throughout the entire game (hi offense) but still nearly found a way to win thanks to a huge performance from the defense.
Speaking of defense, it’s GREAT to see you. It feels like we’ve been stuck in this never ending vortex of bad defense where no matter how good the offense is, we’re forced to watch 30 yard plays, after 50 yard plays, after 70 yard plays (this is what purgatory feels like) that end in touchdowns where no Louisville defender is even close.
Against Pittsburgh the defense played extremely well forcing their second and third turnover of the season (an interception, yay) and holding the Panthers to 23 points and only a three point victory. Honestly, that was the biggest positive thus far of the season and made the rest of the day so much easier, but it came at the expense of bad news offensively.
Louisville has had a week to watch film and get their mojo back before traveling to Atlanta for a Friday night showdown with 1-2 Georgia Tech. By no means is this an automatic “W” but there will be a significant drop off in quality of play on both sides of the field compared to Pitt and Miami, giving the Cards an opportunity to get things going again.
So can they? That’s exactly what we’ll find out. But before let’s take a deep dive into the areas that Louisville football must show improvement in this Friday evening.