During his time at the podium at ACC Media Days in Charlotte, N.C., Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was asked about facing Alabama in their season opener (Orlando on Sept. 1). Here's what he had to say:
"I think it certainly is a big game for us, and obviously Alabama being the national champions and the tradition that they have, I see it as a great challenge. You know, and I don't think that our guys are extra excited about it, but I think it motivated them throughout the winter, throughout spring ball, throughout the summer workouts to work extremely hard. But the number one thing we have to do is believe that we can go down there and beat them so that when you truly believe in something, then you go out and play your best, play to your best of your ability, and that's what's important for us. If there's any disbelief at all, usually you underachieve, and that's the main thing we can't do. We need to go play our best game to give us an opportunity to win."
With Alabama there in the opening weekend, how do you prepare for them knowing their quarterback situation where both Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa are in the mix?
"Yeah, you have to prepare for both of them. I think that's the thing we weren't able to find out in spring ball was who the starter is going to be because he had a broken thumb and didn't practice in spring ball. Both of them are great player. Hurts has got an unbelievable record. And then the other guy came in in the National Championship game in the second half and showed how accurate of a passer he is and was able to execute their offense at a very, very high level. You have to be able to prepare for both of them.
"We've been working on it, watching video, breaking things down since January. So it's something that we have some time to do, but one guy is a great big physical runner that can also throw the ball, and the other guy is a really accurate passer."