Louisville Football has only one more year of [insert conference name here] competition before entering the Atlantic Coast Conference. While many fans would rather hit the fast forward button and quickly arrive to fall 2014 than sit through another lackluster conference season, the Confidential cautions those future seekers not to overlook the opportunity at hand.
Times of great change can be very exciting. Remember back to the days of constantly surfing the internet for any update on UofL’s chances of getting into the Big 12? Perhaps you were busy burning up the computer looking for a way into the ACC? No doubt some of you were also keeping an eye out for SEC expansion news. The last several years have been filled with a barrage of intensity, not to mention enthusiasm.
But don’t forget about the present just yet, my friends. UofL athletics is still on its ACC honeymoon. I don’t know about you, but at no point of my honeymoon did I ever wish for it be over. The exhilaration of accomplishment can quickly transition back to mundane existence. While memories of extravagant honeymoons can be easily summoned after the fact, we will never live in this existence again.
On Wednesday, the University of Louisville released its 2013 football schedule. Most interestingly, the Cardinals have three bye weeks sprinkled throughout. The most important bye appears in just the right place – the week before the season finale against rival Cincinnati.
If you’re looking at the schedule and letting out a huge sigh, you’re not alone. The marquee games per se on the schedule are Kentucky, Rutgers and Cincinnati. While Ohio, UCF, USF and Houston are no pushovers, there just isn’t too much substance for fans to celebrate in the 2013 season.
Alas, there will be no conference championship game as previously planned. A ten-team league was formed when Boise State and San Diego State committed to the Big East, but their change of heart cost the league a season finale.
There has to be some good news about this schedule, right? Well, if you consider the weak schedule as proper impetus to win every game and defend our BCS win, then yes. If for no other reason, true fans should support the Cardinals as they attempt to end the pre-ACC days on a positive note.
I would love to wake up tomorrow to find Louisville and its athletic programs already members of the ACC and having kissed their shaky Big East days goodbye. However, if that were the case, the honeymoon would be over and would soon become a distant memory.
It is only fitting that we fans wait for our future – it allows us time to reflect on our university’s rich history, athletic successes and academic trajectory. Being wanted and feeling valued gives fans pride and a sense of being on cloud nine. Frankly, I’m too comfortable for that sensation to pass.
May the honeymoon never end, UofL.