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Bobby Petrino: "We Will Go Beat" Alabama

Bobby Petrino is introduced as Louisville's next head coach.

LOUISVILLE, KY - JANUARY 09: Bobby Petrino talks to the media after being introduced as the head coach of the University of Louisville at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on January 9, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Louisville will open its 2018 campaign with a tall task. The Cardinals, who no longer have Lamar Jackson at quarterback, will be tasked with taking down the reigning national champion in Alabama.

Apparently, the team's head coach has faith that they can get it done. Speaking at the Louisville kick-off luncheon on Friday, Bobby Petrino said the team "will" get it done and beat Alabama.

It was a quote that quickly went viral. Jason Anderson of ESPN Louisville was the first to post the quote.

Nick Saban & Co. probably didn't need any motivation heading into the contest. But they now have some, should they want it.

Of course, these luncheons are spirited affairs in which coaches often try to amp everyone up with bold, positive statements. But Petrino also had to figure that what he said would get out.

The spread for the contest is just under four touchdowns - so it's fair to say that there aren't many people who share Petrino's opinion regarding which team is going to win. To be honest, most eyes will be on Alabama's quarterback situation.

That said, you never know. Louisville knocking off Alabama would probably be the upset of the year - in week one.