What's next for the Louisville football team? The Cardinals hoped to open the season by making a statement during its first three contests, but instead, a total of 13 points are enough to force this team into an 0-3 start to 2015.
Potentially more so than last year, there has been a constant rotation at quarterback, a rash of injuries to the most experienced receivers and a host of new faces on both sides of the ball. The result has been inconsistency on both sides of the ball and a number of unforced errors that have caused the Cardinals to fall short in each of the first three outings.
"They're a good football team and we played a couple of good football teams, but we've got a lot of work to do to get this thing turned around," Petrino said following the 20-17 loss to Clemson.
The challenge now is keeping both the players and coaches motivated to overcome the upexpected start.
"It's definitely a challenge," Petrino said. "There's no question about that. I don't think I've ever been 0-3 before. We've lost some really close games. We've had our opportunities. We just have to go back to work."
Next up Louisville is a home contest against Samford on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m. The Cardinals will attempt to avoid its first 0-4 start since 1975.