LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Monday Morning Meeting takes on the Ryder Cup, University of Louisville football and asks who will win next in football -- Kentucky or Indiana
1. The U.S. Ryder Cup team collapse is the biggest since ...
RICK BOZICH: Jean van de Velde -- except this wasn't one Jean van de Velde, it was a team of them. From 10--6 ahead on Saturday, to a Ryder Cup defeat, one the Euros considered payback for 1999. Ugh-lee.
Where's Paul Azinger when you need him? U.S. captain Davis Love III can expect months of criticism for his captain's picks (Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk) because they failed to deliver. So can Tiger Woods, who played just OK. That's my story -- and I'm sticking with it.
Maybe it wasn't a coincidence that the U.S. won its last Ryder Cup (Valhalla, 2008) when Woods was on the sidelines.
ERIC CRAWFORD: Biggest collapse since Rory McIlroy, 2011 Masters. And that's fitting, since McIlroy's Sunday consisted of nearly being late to tee off (Central Time, duh!) and needing a police escort to reach the course, and ended with him draped in a Northern Ireland flag and clutching a bottle of champagne.
McIlroy ran to the practice tee, hit a few balls, then stepped right into the fire and put away Keegan Bradley in singles play.
The Ryder Cup is perhaps the most fun event in golf. But it was no fun watching the U.S. team cough that one up. Of course, most Americans were probably watching the NFL, so the pain is someone lessened.
2. Louisville is 5-0 with a week off before starting Big East play. What's one thing you like and one thing that concerns you about the Cards?
RICK: Like: The emergence of Senorise Perry at running back. That's a pair of 100-yard games for Perry. He's not afraid of contact and looks comfortable getting the tough yards.
Wonder: Where's is the pass rush? The Cards rank near the bottom of the Big East in sacks and tackles for loss. The defensive line was supposed to be a strength. It's been rather ordinary.
ERIC: Like: The ability to win. We're going to find out soon enough if this team is going to thrive or struggle against Big East competition. But to have won a couple of games -- even against overmatched opponents -- on the road and through a combined 11 inches of rain, says at least that this team is competitive enough to deal with adversity. But it still has a lot of things to put together.
Wonder: What happened to the passing game? Perhaps it's just a function of the weather, and no doubt, that's the likely culprit, but U of L has a top quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, and should be able to ride him more in Big East play -- providing the rain will hold off.
3. Which team is more likely to win next -- Kentucky (1-4) or Indiana (2-2)?
RICK: Kentucky because Indiana doesn't play Arkansas.
The Hoosiers are still two years away on defense after giving up more than 700 yards to Northwestern -- and now they get Michigan State and Ohio State at home. Has any team ever had 800 yards in a game? Do I hear 900?
Kentucky is a two-touchdown underdog against Mississippi State Saturday -- and then the Wildcats visit Dysfunction Junction to play the Razorbacks. I expect empty seats, terrible defense and a chance for a Kentucky victory.
ERIC: Kentucky, no question. In fact, while I don't know that they can beat Mississippi State on Saturday in a game surely to be lightly attended because of the start of the Keeneland fall meet, I do expect the Wildcats to be closer than the two-touchdown spread indicates.
WIth all the speculation swirling and negativity in the air, UK could've packed it in against South Carolina. Instead, it opened the game with its best half of the season. And some young players are emerging. I don't know if that'll translate to victories, but UK is going to have some opportunities down the stretch to make sure that the second half of its season is better than the forgettable first.
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