SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Louisville coach Charlie Strong came out of the visiting locker room with his head down and opened with a brutally honest assessment of what happened Saturday afternoon.
“I am very embarrassed today for our program,” Strong said.
No. 9 Louisville came into its game against Syracuse with almost every college football observer in the nation wondering whether the Cardinals were for real. They got no love in the polls, no love from the computers, and no love in the BCS standings as one of six unbeaten teams headed into the weekend.
The only way to shut up the doubters? To put together a complete effort in front of a national television audience Saturday afternoon and inch ever so slightly toward a perfect season.
Instead, Louisville put together its most incomplete effort of the season in a 45-26 loss, in what amounted to a completely inexplicable performance from the conference flag-bearer.