Just stumbled across this piece from SI's Stewart Mandell about Louisville's rise.
Here at Resource, we tentatively have them pegged as a top 3 finisher in the 2005-2006 season. We're dead serious, too. The remarkable balance and level of offensive sophistication at that school combined with talents like Brian Brohm and Michael Bush has us very excited about their chances. Think about it, for them to be top 10 good like they were last year with less talent relative to other big-school peers, there must be something else happening. If the talent level remains about the same, and you can still keep around guys like Brohm and Bush, without removing that "something else (read: sophisticated offensive scheme, sound overall coaching)", the team really isn't going to suddenly drop off the map unless the coach leaves or the schedule is just too much or major injuries occur.
This is our way of saying the college football world should get used to Louisville as long as Bobby Petrino is their coach, they are a fine fine program, doing some of the same great things as newfound superpower USC, and small school superpower and sister school of sorts, Boise State. The kids can play a little, its time to give them more than a little respect, since I think such programs can stand up to and beat your garden variety phonies like Auburn, LSU, Texas, Iowa and other similar schools.