We took a sample of 2011 pre-season magazines from Athlon and Sporting News to see how they fared in predicting how the Cards would do on the field and the court. In football, the Cards finished 7-6, were 5-2 in the Big East (which tied for first) and appeared in the Belk Bowl. On the gridiron, Athlon predicted that UofL would be 5-7 and 2-5 in the league, which would make them tie for 6th, or last place. Sporting News had more confidence in the Cards, projecting them 5th in the Big East and going to the Compass Bowl.
In basketball, Athlon put Louisville at number 8 and projected them as a 2 seed, losing in the Midwest Regional Final. They had UofL finishing 3rd in the Big East. Sporting News checked in with the lowest of any 2011 pre-season ranking for Louisville at 16 and predicted that UofL would finish 4th in league play. They were spot on in projecting the Cards as a 4 seed.
The first 2012 college football preview scheduled to hit the shelves is Phil Steele’s monster magazine on June 7th.