Cards see opportunity against West Virginia

Louisville hasn't lived up to their lofty preseason expectations this season. With just three games remaining and needing one win to become bowl eligible, the Cardinals see a major opportunity to salvage their season Thursday night against sixth-ranked West Virginia.

Louisville hasn't lived up to their lofty preseason expectations this season. With just three games remaining and needing one win to become bowl eligible, the Cardinals see a major opportunity to salvage their season Thursday night against sixth-ranked West Virginia.

With two-thirds of the 2007 season history, Louisville will arrive in Morgantown with a 5-4 record – 2-2 in the Big East. A win over the highly-rated Mountaineers with an ESPN national audience watching would do wonders for the Cardinals heading down the season's home-stretch.

A statement game? A respect thing? You bet.

"This is a huge opportunity for us," said senior quarterback Brian Brohm. "We're going to be on national TV for Thursday night football and we love these types of games. Playing the (6th) ranked team at their place is an opportunity to go get a big upset and show on national TV that we are still a good football team."


Rod Council and the Louisville defense
face a big challenge trying to stop
WVU's potent offense.
"It's a chance to gain respect," added junior corner Rod Council. "We're going to go down to Morgantown and play the best that we can play."

The Cardinals are coming off a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh nearly two weeks ago. A much needed bye-week gave Louisville a chance to regroup and recharge as they prepare to wrap up the season against West Virginia, South Florida and Rutgers.

"We just want to win out – win these last three games," Brohm said. "We just need to keep getting better as a football team and try to make the best out of the season."

It's been a roller-coaster ride for Steve Kragthorpe's first Louisville outfit. But a win over West Virginia, as unlikely as it might seem, would move Louisville into second place in the Big East standings behind 4-0 Connecticut with two games left to go.

"This season has been one of ups and downs," Brohm said. "Obviously it hasn't gone the way we planned. But we've got to put that behind us and look at these last three games like it's a new season and try to win out."

Since Louisville joined the Big East in 2005, the Cardinals and Mountaineers each have one win over the other in league play. Two years ago, West Virginia overcame a 17 point fourth quarter deficit and pulled out a 46-44 triple-overtime win. Last year, Brohm led the Cardinals to a 44-34 victory on the way to the program's first Big East title and a spot in the BCS.

"At this point we feel like we can play with anybody," Brohm said. "We feel we're matched evenly with West Virginia. We don't feel that they have any superior talent. We can play with them and everybody that's left on our schedule. There is no intimidation factor going in there. We're going to be ready to play."


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