Pregame notebook

Tonight, first-year coach Steve Kragthorpe tries to do something that his predecessor, Bobby Petrino, never did in his four years in Louisville — beat a ranked opponent on the road.

Nippert Stadium has not been a fearsome stop for the Cards in recent years, but figures to be rowdy tonight. The Bearcats are rolling, at 6-0.

Now, the pregame notes

  • Harry Douglas will play. He looks to be moving well in warmups and was not on the pregame list of missing persons issued by U of L football SID Rocco Gasparro.
  • Mario Urrutia, Adrian Grady and Rodney Gnat are out with undisclosed injuries.
  • Kragthorpe, contrary to reports, is not releasing injury reports. He is releasing status reports.
  • The people running the press box in Nippert have Virginia-UConn on the televisions instead of UK-LSU. Someone shoot me.
  • Sight I never thought I’d see: Fan outside Nippert Stadium before a UC-U of L game with a sign that reads “I NEED TICKETS.”
  • Brock Bolen is the first-team running back in warm-ups.
  • Cincinnati must have been confident about this game all along. They made it their Homecoming Game.
  • Scoring offense comparison: U of L 44 points per game, UC 43.3.
  • UC is giving up 255 yards per game through the air. I’m looking for U of L to air it out. Like Hawaii. Like Texas Tech. Maybe we should start calling Brian Brohm, “Colt.”
  • PROPS to the UC press box staff. Cats-Tigers are back on the air. And Cards-Bearcats are just 20 minutes from kickoff. Stay tuned . . .
  • The Bearcats are giving up just 85 yards per game on the ground.
  • If the Cards can hang onto the ball against the top turnover defense in the nation, they should come away with a win in this one. And that would be a major first step in the right direction for a team that badly needs for something good to happen.
  • The notebook pictured at the above right is a relic from the old days, when the C-J had its own custom legal pads. Let’s call it Throwback Week for C-J columnists. I guess that means like I have to write like Pat Forde, Billy Reed or Dave Kindred. (But don’t hold your breath).

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