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2007 Louisville Cardinals Football Preview

2007 Louisville Cardinals season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Louisville Cardinals football preview as well as the 2007 Louisville Cardinals Football Schedule. Dont miss Maddux's winning NCAA picks against the weekly college betting lines from the best college sports handicapper.

Coach: Steve Kragthorpe (1st year at Louisville)
Team Name: Cardinals
2006 Overall Record: 12-1
Returning Starters: 14

Last year, the Louisville Cardinals (11- 2 overall, 5- 2 Big East) won the Big East title and earned a trip to the Orange Bowl where they beat Wake Forest 24- 13. This year, the Cardinals will be competitive again in both their conference and the nation.

It's tough to beat a team when they're averaging 37.8 PPG, although Rutgers managed to defeat the Cardinals last season. Louisville offers a balanced attack that was rated second in overall yardage last season. With seven returning on offense, including senior QB Brian Brohm (63.6% COMP, 3,049 YDs, 16 TDs, 5 INTs), the Cards will be tough to stop this year too. At back, the team has some fine talent, including George Stripling (81 CAR, 459 YDs, 5.7 AVG, 5 TDs) and Anthony Allen (96 CAR, 406 YDs, 4.2 AVG, 15 TDs). Allen was especially effective around the goal line. The primary feature of the Cardinals' attack is it wide ranging, complex passing game. Senior WR Harry Douglas (70 REC, 1,265 YDs, 18.1 AVG, 6 TDs) leads a deep and talented corps. The line is solid and experienced.

On defense, where the club allowed only 16.3 PPG, the Cardinals are fast and agile. Leading sack-man and tackler, SLB Malik Jackson, returns for his senior year. Jackson had 9 sacks and 57 tackles, with 49 being solo! Talented sophomore Latarrius Thomas is the only returning player from the secondary, while only two are back on the line with sophomore Peanut Whitehead being the speediest and best. There's plenty of rebuilding to do here with only four starters back, but there's talent and smarts in the ranks.

Another title is possible for the Louisville Cardinals. Tough games against Rutgers and West Virginia are scheduled at the end of the season. At the start of the year, the Cards need to watch out for a dangerous Kentucky team.

Louisville Cardinals Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 30 Murray St Home
Sep 6 Middle Tenn St Home
Sep 15 Kentucky Away
Sep 22 Syracuse Home
Sep 29 NC State Away
Oct 5 Utah Home
Oct 13 Cincinnati Away
Oct 19 Connecticut Away
Oct 27 Pittsburgh Home
Nov 8 West Virginia Away
Nov 17 USF Away
Nov 29 Rutgers Home

 

For more info on the 2007 Louisville Cardinals football program, view the Cardinals football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.

 

2007 Big East Football Team Previews

All of the Big East teams are featured to the right. Each link under the team previews gives our individual breakdown for the eight BigEast colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 07 college preview page.

If you would like to know how Maddux forecasts the order of finish for the Big East football conference check out the Big East Conference Preview section which is our conference preview as a whole. Will Pat White and the Mountaineers have a shot at the BCS Title game or will Brian Brohm's Cardinals out scored their way to the conference title? We answer those questions with the Big East football preview.

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