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    Re: 2018 Schedule-related Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ols View Post
    We're just opening as a 28 pt favorite this time! LOL...:-)
    True, but that's because we've done the impossible and somehow are even more talented than we were in 2009, 2013, and 2014 when we opened with Va Tech and WVU. Although I'm pretty sure we were double digit favorites in 2013 and 2014.

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    Re: 2018 Schedule-related Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by rgw View Post
    They're losing their whole OL and several pieces off the DL. That was the core of their team in 2018. I think they take a big step back and potentially get upset by Washington in the opener. Washington has their own OL problems though they get their starting backfield back.
    I don't disagree with you but to further make my point........

    Look at where publications are ranking them......

    The Sporting News - 8
    SI - 5
    Athlon - 9
    Yahoo - 9
    ESPN - 12
    USA Today - 13
    CBS - 15

    I think they'll have another 8-5 year with a bowl loss in a game they should probably win. But I AM saying that folks THINK they'll contend. Granted, I'm going off history, which has no direct bearing, but there's a reason why you are who you are (with apologies to Dennis Green).
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    Re: 2018 Schedule-related Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ols View Post
    Wasn't Louisville top 10 when we scheduled this?
    Potentially. As I said in my above post, non-conference scheduling is a crapshoot. Louisville had a brief run in '16 where they knocked off FSU and came darn near knocking off Clemson. They shot up the rankings and then tanked to end the season. That was the run that locked up the Heisman for Jackson, not his video game like stats against inferior opponents. I don't remember if it was then or a bit before then that we finalized the 2018 schedule. Either way, there's nothing wrong with scheduling a team like Louisville. It's better than playing Maryland as your big non-conference matchup, (Looking at you UCF...) but it's a definite step back from most of the teams we've scheduled.

    Edit: Not to keep beating a dead horse, but I looked it up out of curiosity. We finalized the scheduling of LVille in Aug. of 2015. Louisville was coming off of a 9-4 season with a loss to Georgia in the Belk Bowl. They finished the season prior at #21 and began the 2015 season unranked in either poll. So roughly comparable to where they are now. Granted that's where they were when we finalized it, not where they were when we were negotiating it.
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    Re: 2018 Schedule-related Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by BamaHoosier View Post
    This is my opinion, and you are welcome to disagree ...
    Lastly, it's not like teams have been backing away from big matchups. Heck, we'll open against Miami in 2020. There are big matchups littering the college football landscape in the first couple of weeks of next season. The big boys aren't backing away from the big games, and I don't think we should either. Louisville will be an okay matchup. Heck, maybe they shock people and are hiding a qb who continues in the tradition of Brohm, Bridgewater, and Jackson. I guarantee you that we won't overlook them, and I'll be dying for that game all summer. However I don't think there's anything wrong with admitting that at face value it seems like an underwhelming matchup, and a step back from where we've been.
    Well said. This is a good articulation of why I started this thread.

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    Re: 2018 Schedule-related Thoughts

    2018 Alabama-Louisville Football Game in Orlando Announced

    KEVIN KELLEY - AUG. 6, 2015
    The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Louisville Cardinals will open the 2018 season in Orlando, Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN Events officially announced today.


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    Re: 2018 Schedule-related Thoughts

    Especially with it being Alabama.



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