Is the 2016 football season as special as fans made it to be?

The Louisville Cardinal By Dalton Ray–Entering the year, many tabbed Louisville as a team ready to make the next step. Starting the year at No. 19, the Cardinals swiftly jumped to No. 10 after putting up 132 points in two games. A showdown with then-second-ranked Florida State was the first step to achieving national respect. After a 43 point win in front of the home crowd, the Cards were the talk of the nation.Fast forward two weeks to when U of L traveled to Clemson. In the second step of gaining national respect, the Tigers pulled off an eight-point victory. The Cardinals played a tight game in one of the nation’s toughest venues and against a top team. In one of the most viewed games of the season, Louisville came up just short.With such a front-heavy schedule, the Cardinals had a five game stretch against lesser competition before another marquee match-up. During the stretch, Louisville had two blowouts against NC State and Boston College. The other three games were a little different.Starting against Duke, the Cards struggled in a boring and slow paced game. Barely escaping with a 10-point victory, the Cardinal’s kryptonite was found. Two weeks later, Virginia gave Louisville all they could handle. The Cardinals needed a game-winning drive on the road to beat the Cavaliers 32-25.The final game against Wake Forest has mixed takeaways. On one side, Louisville finished with a 44-12 win. On the other, U of L trailed for three quarters and needed a 34-point fourth quarter to win. Louisville struggled but finished strong.Louisville’s third marque game was against Houston. After some ups-and-downs over the past five weeks, this was the game that was going to prove to the nation and playoff committee that U of L deserved to be respected.On the national stage, Louisville got embarrassed. Not only did they lose, …

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