Bowl eligibility is far from the standard for Louisville football, but given the current state of the program, reaching six wins in Scott Satterfield’s first season would be pretty damn impressive.
Not only did Satterfield inherit a team that went 2-10 a season ago and lost multiple players to the transfer market, but the Cards have a tough slate in 2019 facing two of the four CFB Playoff teams from 2018.
I’d say six wins is highly unlikely, but certainly not impossible. Over the last decade there have been seven ten loss power five teams that were bowl eligible the following year.
2018 – Baylor
2017 Record: 1-11
2018: Record 7-6
Who they beat: Abilene Christian, @UTSA, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt & Texas Tech.
2017 – Virginia
2016 Record: 2-10
2017 Record: 6-7
Who they beat: William & Mary, UConn, @ Boise State, Duke, @ North Carolina & Georgia Tech.
2013 – Boston College
2012 Record: 2-10
2013 Record: 7-6
Who they beat: Villanova, Wake Forest, Army, Virginia Tech, @ New Mexico State, NC State & @ Maryland.
2012 – Ole Miss
2011 Record: 2-10
2012 Record: 7-6
Who they beat: Central Arkansas, UTEP, @ Tulane, Auburn, @ Arkansas, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh.
2011 – Vanderbilt
2010 Record: 2-10
2011 Record: 6-7
Who they beat: Elon, UConn, Ole Miss, Army, Kentucky & @ Wake Forest
2010 – Maryland
2009 Record: 2-10
2010 Record: 9-4
Who they beat: Navy, Morgan State, FIU, Duke, @ Boston College, Wake Forest, @ Virginia, NC State & East Carolina.
2009 – Iowa State
2008 Record: 2-10
2009 Record: 7-6
Who they beat: North Dakota State, @ Kent State, Army, Baylor, @ Nebraska, Colorado & Minnesota.
Getting six wins isn’t impossible, but Louisville’s schedule will make it a more difficult task than the seven teams that have done it over the last ten years. EKU & WKU are the only gimmes on the slate in 2019.