WVU-Louisville pregame ponderables

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Greetings from Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, where it's a splendid fall day. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 60s under partly sunny skies.

It's Senior Day for Louisville, and this large class of 27 seniors has never experienced a bowl game. They can change that with a win over West Virginia, which would be the Cardinals' sixth of the season. These seniors have been vitally important to this year's improvement, from Bilal Powell to four starting offensive linemen, to quarterbacks Adam Froman and Justin Burke and on and on and on.

Speaking of quarterbacks, there's no word yet on who will start for Louisville, but Froman is in uniform and warming up, with a heavy wrap on his injured left leg.

This is a key game for West Virginia in the Big East race. The Mountaineers need to win out and get some help to take the league title. If they don't, the heat will rise to a stifling degree for head coach Bill Stewart. Fan disappointment is evident in the fact that the Mountaineers returned a large portion of their allotment to this game, unheard of for a late-season trip so close to Morgantown.

The game is officially a sellout, but parking lots were pretty empty less than two hours before the game. It could be a late arriving crowd. After all, it is basketball season here.