A pretty subdued pregame atmosphere in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
The tailgating crowd in the larger lots appears to be at full strength, but some of the booster lots are more empty than usual.
Both Richard Raglin and Trent Guy have been fumbling punts — maybe not used to seeing them in the noon sun.
This game is being projected as a U of L blowout, and it may well wind up that way. (It should, at any rate).
But Syracuse seems to do a good job against U of L defensively. And with the hangover after the
loss to UK, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a closer game than people expect.
My pregame stat to consider:
While there is more youth and less talent on the U of L defense than a year ago, one interesting stat is to look at how returning players are faring.
Jonathan Russell has two tackles so far this season. And a pass break-up.
Through the first game last season — Russell had eight tackles, one for loss, an interception and a forced fumble.
So not only is inexperience a concern — but so is regression among returning players.
We’ll see if they get it together today.