Here are a dozen college football games we can't wait to see in 2018

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Louisville conduct football manager Bobby Petrino talks about quarterback Jawon Pass and how a coaches are scheming him during a open and summer to take over as starting quarterback.
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Happy Monday, everyone.

It’s now usually 108 days until college football season.

During a new interview, Purdue football manager Jeff Brohm remarkable that in his prior purpose as Western Kentucky’s conduct coach, “the usually thing we unequivocally ever asked a jaunty dialect to do was to try to get Louisville on a schedule.”

“We got them on there 3 true years, and unfortunately, I’m not there to play it,” Brohm said.

Yes, WKU’s football module plays Louisville this deteriorate for a initial time given 1998. 

That’s usually one of a dozen games value looking brazen to for a FBS programs in Kentuckiana this season:

Aug. 31: Western Kentucky during Wisconsin: The toughest diversion on WKU’s schedule, however, will be a opener. Wisconsin hardly missed a playoff final deteriorate and will be one of a Big Ten’s favorites again this season. A Friday night in Madison will be a unrelenting exam of a Hilltoppers’ alleviation entering Coach Mike Sanford’s second season. But hey, a WKU basketball group scarcely pulled off a win during Wisconsin final season, heading to a noted and argumentative finish.

Sept. 1: Louisville vs. Alabama in Orlando: Soooooo … honestly, this could be ugly. we don’t unequivocally need to tell we why, though we will anyway: Louisville contingency mangle in a new starting quarterback and a new defensive intrigue opposite a reigning inhabitant champions and preeminent module in college football. Alabama has non-stop a past 6 seasons with a neutral-site, nonconference diversion like this one, and Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide won all 6 by an normal measure of 37-13.

Sept. 8: Kentucky during Florida: Man, how many years is it now that Kentucky has mislaid to Florida? … 31. Yup, that’s a longest active strain in college football’s top level, and it’ll certainly be a categorical articulate indicate again before this one. The Wildcats should have finished all this final year. Instead, they somehow let one get away against what finished adult being an defective Gators team. Now that Dan Mullen is coaching during Florida, however, any window that’s there now for UK in this array could be shutting quickly.

Sept. 15: Western Kentucky during Louisville: It’s good to see these teams personification again. For WKU, it’s a outrageous event to make sound opposite a module adult a road, and for Louisville, it’s distant some-more engaging for fans than games opposite a likes of Kent State and Murray State (snooze-fests on final year’s home schedule, noted mostly for a squirrel being on a margin …) 

Sept. 29: Florida State during Louisville: The Cards have won dual in a quarrel over a Seminoles, who’ll conduct to PJCS this time with first-year conduct manager Willie Taggart, a former WKU quarterback and conduct coach.

Oct. 5: Georgia Tech during Louisville: Louisville had to hatred a ACC throwing this home date with Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets onto a Friday night. The Cards’ invulnerability will unequivocally have a hands full perplexing to stop Tech’s choice attack, and that is not a kind of credentials we wish to have to squeeze into a brief week after personification Florida State.

Oct. 20: Penn State during Indiana – AND – Ohio State during Purdue

The Hoosier State will underline dual Big Ten showdowns on this Saturday, and a home group in any box will have high-profile opportunities for a form of vital win that has been all too fugitive in a past.

Nov. 3: Georgia during Kentucky – AND – Louisville during Clemson

Louisville and Kentucky will any face playoff teams from final deteriorate in what looms as a football weekend drizzling with an event for any to obstacle a miracle victory. The Cats, in particular, get a Dawgs in a ideal spot: Between UGA’s diversion with opposition Florida a week before and a date with Auburn a week after. That’s primary trap-game domain for Georgia to have to transport to a cold bluegrass and play what could finish adult being a sneaky-good UK team. 

Nov. 24: Kentucky during Louisville – AND – Purdue during Indiana

Rivalry time! The highway group has won a Governor’s Cup a past 3 years, with a Cards rolling past a Cats 44-17 in Lexington to revenge a home detriment in 2016. Meanwhile, Purdue snapped a four-game losing strain to Indiana final season, though a Boilermakers haven’t won in Bloomington given 2011.

Social Hour

Canada has a Stanley Cup contender this year …

Congrats to these guys …

And it was “Star Wars” night Saturday for a Bats. This is good finished …

What We’re Reading

? This is a fascinating story on how a stat-cruncher was means to build an operation to kick equine racing’s betting structure and win millions.

? Danielle Lerner got to knowledge first-hand what it was like to be a collegiate rower (and scarcely pennyless a boat). 

? Pau Gasol’s courteous square for The Players’ Tribune on Becky Hammon’s candidacy to maybe turn a initial womanlike conduct manager in NBA story is good value your time.

? And Lamar Jackson’s acquire in Baltimore doesn’t seem to have been a comfortable one from a Ravens’ starting QB.

For The Road

Hope it was a good Mother’s Day, everybody …

Gentry Estes: 502-582-4205; gestes@courierjournal.com; Twitter: @Gentry_Estes. Support clever internal broadcasting by subscribing today: www.courier-journal.com/gentrye 

 

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