To say Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was spectacular in 2012 is an understatement. The rising junior from Miami, Fla. threw for over 3,700 yards and 27 touchdowns, which means he’s an automatic Heisman Trophy candidate heading into 2013. His season is symbolic of his team’s, which ended in incredible fashion and set the stage for a 2013 season under the microscope.
Louisville’s football team was solid in 2012, finishing the season 11-2 and knocking off heavily-favored Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Bridgewater wasn’t extremely well-known before that game, but he certainly was by the time it was over, leading the Cardinals to a 10-point victory that shocked the football world.
The problem last year was Louisville’s two losses came in consecutive weeks to weak Big East opponents–Syracuse and UConn. For a team that was actually cracked the top 10 (barely) and looking to keep climbing the ranks, that’s unacceptable. There was a reason why the voters and the BCS computers had several teams that weren’t undefeated ahead of unbeaten Louisville at that point of the season and the Cardinals blew their chance to prove everyone wrong.
However, all teams have a clean slate heading into 2013. Louisville will be a top 15 team looking to a team like Notre Dame for inspiration. Heck, they weren’t even ranked heading into 2012 and played in the BCS National Championship game. In other words, anything can happen.