Louisville football has been incredibly impressive this season. David Cutcliffe, a man who has spent decades in the ACC and SEC, thinks the Cardinals stack up with a number of national championship teams he’s coached against.
Cutcliffe has found his home at Duke, doing an impressive job rebuilding a historically moribund Blue Devils football program, but he has a long resume. He was an assistant at Tennessee from 1982-1998 and again from 2006-2007, the head coach at Ole Miss from 1998-2004, and spent a year at Notre Dame. He’s coached against some great teams, and thinks that this year’s Louisville squad is right there with them.
From ESPN’s David Hale:
“I’ve coached against at least 10 national champions, and I have never seen anyone with the weapons and completeness of this Louisville team.”
That is an awfully strong statement coming from the offensive coordinator of the 1998 Tennessee Volunteers, which went 13-0 and won the first BCS title. At Duke, Cutcliffe also coached against the 2013 Florida State Seminoles, led by Jameis Winston, who steamrolled to a national title. If he thinks Louisville is a national title-quality team, people should probably listen.
The Blue Devils travel to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium to face the No. 7 Cardinals at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.