The 2019-20 college football season hasn’t even officially come to an end, but way too early rankings for next season have already surfaced.
Bill Bender of Sporting News published his ‘way-too-early top 25 for 2020 season‘ on Friday morning.
Scott Satterfield and the Louisville Cardinals came in at No. 19.
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No. 19 Louisville
Scott Satterfield led the Cardinals to eight wins in an impressive turnaround in Year 1, and there’s no reason to believe that growth won’t continue in Year 2. Malik Cunningham emerged as the right quarterback with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions, and the offensive line play should continue to improve. Javian Hawkins could emerge as a legit Doak Walker Award candidate in this offense, too. More depth is needed on defense, but this is the best bet to challenge Clemson in the ACC Atlantic.
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The Cards will have to make substantial improvement on defense in 2020 and the overall roster needs more depth. But with that said, this ranking doesn’t surprise me one bit.
Louisville returns some major offensive firepower. Micale Cunningham was one of most improved QB’s in college football in 2019, Javian Hawkins & TuTu Atwell both broke rushing and receiving records. Marshon Ford led the ACC tight ends in touchdown receptions.
Not to say that Louisville will be back where they wanna be in 2020, but I don’ think it’s premature to think this team will take another step forward in year two of the Satterfield era.