Not Ready For The Big Stage

Louisville is out of the College Football Playoff discussion after getting absolutely whipped by Houston. 48 hours after feeling like they were disrespected when the committee put them at No. 5 and kept Michigan and Clemson ahead of them, Bobby Petrino’s Cards went to H-Town and got AMBUSHED.

Just a HUGE win for Tom Herman and the Cougs — with Herman now a ridiculous 5-0 at Houston when he’s been an underdog. My man can coach them up. And he had the defense rolling, the Cougs PUMMELED Heisman front runner Lamar Jackson — sacking him 11 times, a number that probably could’ve been 20 if Jackson wasn’t the most elusive quarterback in college football.

And after Herman’s offense rattled off score after score after score on their way to a 31-donut lead at halftime, they coasted to a 36-10 win, undressing the Cards on a national stage — exposing Louisville and putting an end to ANY argument that the Cardinals deserve to be viewed as one of college football’s four best teams. In short, Louisville was not ready for the big stage. And Coach Bobby Petrino knows it:

“We blew it. We had an opportunity sitting there…It was one of those situations where they were better than us tonight, there’s no question about it.”

THIS was the team that had a beef with the selection committee? THIS was the offense that was supposed to be one of the few that could scare ALABAMA? With a five-man turnstile on the offensive line — and an undisciplined roster that committed 15 penalties and turned the football over 3 times? How did this go so wrong, so fast for Louisville? There’s wide receivers nose-to-nose about to throw fists on the sideline? And there’s Petrino punting down 21 in the 4th quarter.

That’s just a crushing loss for Louisville — a game they needed to win if they were going to validate that schedule, with only 2 wins coming against teams with winning records.

 

As for Houston — it’s another scalp for Tom Herman — who reminded ALL of us that the Cougs are the same giant-slayers they’ve been since the H-Town takeover got started.

“We haven’t gone anywhere. We were banged up we were beat up we were exhausted in the month of October and they fought through it they never wavered and they never stopped having confidence.”

And now it’s all back on Herman — who once again reminds LSU and anybody else shopping for a new head coach that he’s ready to come to your city and do the same thing. How great is that win… For everybody but the Houston AD? Because everybody that loves that Houston program now has to remind itself that the guy who built it will probably move on.

Herman addressed his status in Houston postgame — and did it with the character you’d expect.

“There’s no distractions just open honest communication with our team. I love them like my own sons I’m always going to be honest with my sons… I think that really keeps them at ease, they know never to worry about anything unless it comes from my mouth.”

I think my man’s about to get PAID. And he deserves every penny. Because if Herman’s taking over the state of Texas at a commuter school, what’s he going to do at LSU? If he’s dropping blue-chip programs like Oklahoma and Florida State at Houston, what’s he going to do if he gets behind the wheel of his own monster?

Big game, big win for Houston. Devastating loss for Louisville. And just ANOTHER reason why College Football fans should just CHILL OUT and wait for everything to shake out.

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