Team preview: Louisville

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: August 16, 2005, 12:11 PM ET
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(All information as of July 1, 2005)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Explosive and dynamic don't even begin to summarize the Louisville's prolific final season in Conference USA, arguably the best season in the recent history of the school's football program.

The Cardinals finished with a sterling 11-1 record, led the nation in total offense (539 yards per game) and scoring offense (49.8 points per game), set an NCAA record by scoring 50 points in five consecutive games, and went on to have a record six players taken in the NFL draft.

What can the Cards do for an encore as they move on to the Big East?

"It's a little scary when you look and see that we're losing six guys that were talented enough to get drafted," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "I do feel real good about the guys that are coming in and replacing them."