Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Looking at Louisville's transitions
By Matt Fortuna
Our friend Josh Moyer over at the Big Ten blog took a look Wednesday morning at how schools across the country fared during their transitions to Power-5 conferences. Included in his synopsis are transitions familiar to readers of this space, as Boston College (2005), Miami (2004) and Virginia Tech (2004) all left the old Big East for the ACC.
The Big Ten, of course, welcomes Maryland and Rutgers on July 1.
Louisville, of course, is no stranger to such a move, having gone from Conference-USA to the Big East, which at the time was a power conference. With the ACC bringing in the Cardinals on July 1, here is a look at the school's previous transition.
Louisville, C-USA to Big East, 2005
Record prior to move (Strength of schedule rank): 11-1 (SOS – 82), won 2004 C-USA title. Beat Boise State in Liberty Bowl, 44-40
Record in first year of move (Strength of schedule rank): 9-3 (SOS – 68), lost to Virginia Tech in Gator Bowl, 35-24
Synopsis: The Cardinals made a relatively smooth transition into their new home, struggling only once (a 45-14 Week 3 loss at USF) and going 5-2 overall in the Big East, behind only 7-0 West Virginia, which outlasted Louisville in a 46-44 triple-OT thriller in Week 6. They finished No. 19 in the final AP poll.
As Moyer notes, Boston College and Virginia Tech made seamless transitions into their new leagues, with BC winning the Atlantic Division three times in its first four years in the ACC. The Hokies, meanwhile, won the ACC title in 2004, the first of eight straight double-digit win seasons for Virginia Tech in the ACC.
Miami, meanwhile, has not made a BCS bowl since joining the ACC, and the Hurricanes have not had a single double-digit win season during that span.