2008 Louisville Cardinals Football Preview

2008 Louisville Cardinals season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Louisville Cardinals football preview as well as the 2008 Louisville Cardinals Football Schedule. After reading this article check out our college football predictions against the current point spread.

Coach: Steve Kragthorpe (2nd year at Louisville)
Team Name: Cardinals
2007 Overall Record: 6-6
Returning Starters: 9

Last season, the Cardinals of Louisville (6-6 overall, 3-4 Big East) finished in fifth-place and out of the running for a bowl berth. This season will not be an easy one for this team as record-setting QB Brian Brohm has gone pro. The Cardinals may, for a second-season running, be watching all of the bowl games rather than playing in one. However, this is a club who’s season can go either way.

Senior QB Hunter Cantwell (14 ATT, 8 COMP, 0 TDs, 1 INT) has little experience but a whole lot of talent, including an accurate cannon for an arm. He’s a true NFL prospect. The running game includes senior Brock Bolen (88 CAR, 358 YDS, 7 TDs) and sophomore speedster Bilal Powell. There’s talent in the receiving group but not much experience. Wideout starting spots are up for grabs.

The defense gave up 31.4 PPG in 2007. That is just too many points if this team expects to post a winning record. The linebacking squad should be improved by Miami transfer James Bryant, while the D-line looks to be helped by Michigan transfer James McKinney. Senior Earl Heyman, at DT, and junior L.D. Scott, at DE, bring experience and solid performance. Junior college transfer Chris Campa will start at the strong side of the linebacking squad. In the secondary, there are problems with depth. But the starters bring talent and experience.

Tossup contests include the opener on August 31 when Kentucky visits. Two straight home games on September 17 versus Kansas State and September 26 against Connecticut may just define this club’s season. Pittsburgh on November 8 and Cincinnati on November 14 are also swing contests.

Coach Steve Kragthorpe (6-6 in one year) has brought in nine junior college players to add depth to a thin team. He’s guiding this club through a major transition that will take a few years to pan out. These guys could win eight games, but they’ll have to take every one of their tossups to do so.

Louisville Cardinals Football Schedule

Aug 31
Sep 6
Tenn Tech
Sep 17
Kansas State
Sep 27
Oct 10
Oct 18
Middle Tennessee
Oct 25
South Florida
Nov 1
Nov 8
Nov 14
Nov 22
West Virginia
Dec 4


For more info on the 2008 Louisville Cardinals football program, view the Cardinals football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.


2008 BIG EAST Football 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 Big East colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 08 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. Is Brian Kelly ready to take Cincinnati to a BCS game? Will losing Rich Rodriguez drop the Mountaineers down a notch? Is this the year Matt Grothie and coach Leavitt put it all together and make a run at the national title?

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