Preseason predictions: Louisville

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Three predictions for the 2009 Louisville Cardinals:

1. Quarterback play will be an issue all season: Brian Brohm isn't walking through that door, to paraphrase a Louisville coach in another sport. Neither is Chris Redman, Dave Ragone or Hunter Cantwell. For the first time in over a decade, the Cardinals don't have a surefire star under center. I expect junior college transfer Adam Froman will win the job this preseason since he was handpicked on the recruiting trail by Steve Kragthorpe. But I also think you'll see Justin Burke and possibly Zack Stoudt get some snaps as well because Froman will have his struggles. Defenses will load up against the run and dare the Cardinals to beat them deep, because Froman and Burke do not have above-average arms.

2. Louisville will lose one it shouldn't at home: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium has not been much of a home-field advantage since Kragthorpe came to town. That will continue this year, as the Cardinals will lose to either Southern Miss, Syracuse (again) or -- in the doomsday scenario -- Arkansas State on their home turf, sending fans scrambling toward the exits to talk about basketball.

3. Kragthorpe finishes with his third straight non-winning season: The Cardinals have some premium talent at running back, wide receiver and linebacker. But they just don't have the big guys up front on either the offensive or defensive lines, and they remain perilously susceptible to injuries because of their depth problems. The schedule does them no favors, either, with trips to Kentucky, Utah, Cincinnati, West Virginia and South Florida looming. A 5-7 season might be enough to buy Kragthorpe one more year. If the Cards go 4-8 or worse, athletic director Tom Jurich will hear howls for a change.