Say what you want about new Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, but the guy usually puts a winning team on the field. His first season back at Louisville shouldn't be any different in the Cardinals' first season in the ACC. The Cardinals have to find a replacement for departing junior Teddy Bridgewater
, who might be the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft. Rising sophomores Will Gardner
and Kyle Bolin
will battle for the job, and they'll be surrounded by a lot of proven playmakers. Tailback Dominique Brown
is coming back after running for 825 yards this past season, and Auburn transfer Michael Dyer
might get new life under Petrino. The Cardinals also bring back seven players who caught at least 15 passes in 2013. Defensively, the Cardinals might bring back only four starters, after losing junior safety Calvin Pryor
to the NFL draft. The ACC schedule makers gave the Cardinals a break; they'll play conference road games at Boston College, Clemson, Syracuse and Virginia.
For more on how the Cardinals will look in 2014, check out Louisville's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.