The next stop on LSL’s sneak peek train of national college football previews is Phil Steele’s behemoth preview.
Louisville’s national ranking: 7th
American Athletic Conference prediction: 1st
Bowl Prediction: Orange vs. Florida State
Teddy All-American Watch: 4th team; 1st among draft eligible QBs (2nd overall)
First Team Offense – Bridgewater, Parker
First Team Defense – P. Brown, Pryor, H. Smith
First Team Specialists – Wallace
Predicted order of finish in conference: 1. Louisville; 2. UCF; 3. Cincinnati; 4. Houston; 5 (tie). SMU ; Rutgers; 7. UConn; 8. South Florida; 9. Memphis; 10. Temple
Ranking of Louisville’s opponents: (NOTE: the rankings are from his power poll; different from his Top 40 where he thinks teams will end up)#50 Cincinnati, #56 UCF, #71 Rutgers, #73 Houston, #74 UConn, #76 USF, #79 Ohio, #83 Kentucky, #103 Memphis, #111 Temple, #118 FIU (Eastern Kentucky is FCS and isn’t ranked)
What Phil Steele says about the Cards:
“I am not overreacting to the Cardinals beating a disinterested Florida team in a bowl game. What I am reacting to is their schedule (#98). The AAC is a fringe BCS conference and the Cards are clearly the best team in it. Their road schedule features only one team that had a winning record last year. Top that off with the fact that Louisville had a young team last year (#4 in lettermen returning) and now has 16 returning starters will be favored in all 12 games and Teddy Bridgewater is a legitimate Heisman contender.”
LSL’s take: Phil Steele’s college football preview is a must have for the college football fan. Although we don’t like him buying into Kirk Herbstreit’s bogus “Florida was disinterested” claim, the overall magazine makes up for it with its overall quantity of facts, stats, and trends. What sets his preview apart from others is the fact that it features more information, statistics and numbers that anyone could imagine. From attendance figures to past point spreads, any trend is there for you to analyze. It is also the most accurate prediction publication out there, so if you like to bet on games – for entertainment purposes only – you should pick one up. Just be aware that there is so much to take in that you will need to familiarize yourself with his abbreviation rubric.