Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Louisville Cardinals season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Louisville Cardinals
It is possible to win after the iconic quarterback is gone.
Tennessee famously won the national title in 1998, a year after Peyton Manning turned pro.
Clemson got the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff last season despite losing Deshaun Watson, and USC went on to win the Rose Bowl and come close to playing for the national title in 2006 despite not having Matt Leinart around.
Or, things might fall apart, like they did for Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida the seasons after losing Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton and Tim Tebow, respectively.
So now we get to see just how good the Louisville program is under Bobby Petrino. If the fundamentals are strong, the absence of just one guy shouldn’t mean doom and gloom.
But that Lamar Jackson guy was pretty good.
You know who’s also pretty good? Bobby Petrino.
He might not be up there when the elite of the elite college football head coaches are mentioned, but he’s not that far off.
Remember, he’s had to deal with the SEC West and the ACC Atlantic over the last decade, and he still owns 13 winning seasons in 14 years – the only loser in his first year trying to revive Arkansas. On a roll, his teams have won eight games or more in each of his last eight seasons.
Petrino’s teams put up huge offensive numbers before Lamar Jackson, and they’ll continue to now that he’s gone.
Jawon Pass has all the tools to be the next great passer under Petrino, and the receivers are in place to help make it all happen right away.
There’s experience on the defensive line, good veterans in the linebacking corps, and there’s enough talent across the board to reload in a hurry.
It just won’t be as much fun without No. 8.