Friday, September 5, 2008

Show Me My Opponent - Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

Record - 1-0 - beat Gardener-Webb 28-12
Conference - Ohio Valley
Location - Cookeville TN
Stadium - Tucker Stadium (16,500)
Starters Returning from 07 - 12

The schools have split 2 previous meetings - Tenn Tech won first meeting 21-7 (9/17/60 an Cookeville) - Louisville won second meeting 29-13 (9/16/61 in Louisville)

Head Coach - Watson Brown (5-7 record in 2nd year at Tech)
Watson is the brother of Texas coach Mack Brown. He has complied an overall record of 99-158-1 in 23 years of coaching. He has been the head man at Austin Peay, Cincinnati, Rice, Vandy and UAB and offensive coordinator at bith Mississippi St. and Oklahoma. He's an old ball coach trying to raise the level of TTU football. He joined the SportsNight crew on 93.9 the Ticket on Wednesday night.

Watson Brown Interview - 93.9FM The Ticket - ESPN Radio Louisville

Notable Alumni - Jim Youngblood (Rams), Bill McDonald (Boston Red Sox), Ken Sparks (Head Coach at Carson Newman), and Frank Omiyole (Panthers) - can you tell I was stretching a little? It was kind of hard to find anyone. No offense to the Golden Eagles, but I doubt 10% of the people that read those names have any idea who they are.

Cardinal Connection - QB Lee Sweeney is a transfer from Louisville and is going into his 3rd year at Tech. He decided to leave the Cardinal football team after realizing that with Brian Brohm, Hunter Cantwell and co. it would be hard for him to find playing time. He is a very mobile quarterback, something that will test the young Louisville linebackers. I just hope he doesn't pull a Charles Bronson and just torch the Cards in an act fueled by revenge. Glad to see he could get on his feet somewhere though.

Outlook - The Kentucky hangover has to end and the Cards need to get the winning feeling back against a FCS (D-II) team that had a losing record last year and was picked to finish in the bottom half of their conference. Their coach openly admitted that they were coming up her for experience program funding, not necessarily to win. This game brings a good opportunity for QB Hunter Cantwell to work out the kinks and work on quickening his throwing motion against a secondary that gave up 235 yards of passing against Gardener-Webb (haha) last week. With he way the Ron English led defense played last week, the offense should not have to score a lot of points. A blowout would help the psyche of a fanbase that has Coach Kragthorpe walking on eggshells after the first game. Look for Trent Guy to be more involved in the passing game as he eases himself back into action. I expect someone to breakthrough as a primary ballcarrier between Anderson, Bolen, and Powell. The Golden Eagles make one trip to a D-1 school every year and I'm sure they want to make the most of it. They will be be led by Sweeney and RBs Henry Sailes and Derrian Walker on offense. On defense watch out for DB Maurice Smith who had 14 tackles in the opener to go with 3 passees deflected. However, if the Cards come to play they win big.

Funny Tidbit - Their cheerleaders are called the Golden Girls! Yes like the 80's TV show that you all secretly know and love. I bet they have heard their fair share of jokes over the course of time. Still hilarious. Let's hope they are a lot better looking than Estelle, Blanche and co.

Prediction - 42-10 CARDS

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