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BOZICH | Mad Men -- No Respect for U of L, UK, IU, WKU in Sporting News Football Yearbook

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – If there is one game football players and coaches enjoy playing more than a rivalry game, it is the No Respect Game.

I've listened to players from teams picked to finish first in their leagues claim a lack of respect if they don't believe the love they're getting is genuine and touching all the bases.

Bobby Petrino of Louisville, Mark Stoops of Kentucky, Kevin Wilson of Indiana and Jeff Brohm won't have to work hard to play the No Respect Game with their players.

All they'll need to do is purchase a copy of the Sporting New College Football Yearbook.

Here is what they'll find:

*No representation in the Top 25.

*No players on the first two all-American teams. (Imagine if that happened in basketball.)

*No names on the 15-player Heisman Trophy Watch list. (Where have you gone Teddy Bridgewater and Tevin Coleman?)

*Shutout on the lists of the Top 10 overall programs as well the Top 10 for Tailgaiting.

*No bowl bid the Wildcats or the Hoosiers. Louisville is projected to travel to Nashville for the Music City Bowl while WKU packs its sunscreen and returns to that standing-room only crowd at the Bahamas Bowl.

What about conference play?

Not much better.

Louisville is picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division.

Kentucky is picked to finish sixth, ahead of Vanderbilt in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference.

Indiana is picked to finish last, behind Rutgers, in the Big Ten East.

WKU is named the winner of the East Division of Conference USA, but the better CUSA bowl bid – the Hawaii bowl – goes to West Division, Louisiana Tech.

*DIGGING DEEPER ON LOUISVILLE

Two Louisville players were named pre-season first-team all conference – defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins and linebacker Keith Kelsey.

Running back Brandon Radcliff was selected as the Cards' difference maker.

The Sporting News picked defensive end Devonte Fields, linebacker Darius Smith and receiver Devante Peete as the top three recruits.

The forecast for Louisville is that the Cards will again roll with defense and uncertainty at quarterback.

*DIGGING DEEPER ON KENTUCKY

One Kentucky player was named the best in the Southeastern Conference – kicker Austin MacGinnis.

Linebacker Josh Forrest was identified as Kentucky's difference maker – with good reason. Forrest led UK with 110 tackles last season while also contributing a pair of interceptions.

UK coach Mark Stoops recruited well again. Here are the three players The Sporting News identified as the best members of the class: Linebacker Eli Brown; tight end C.J. Conrad and defensive tackle Courtney Miggins.

*DIGGING DEEPER ON INDIANA

No Indiana players were named first-team all-Big Ten.

Tegray Scales, a sophomore linebacker, was identified as IU's difference maker after he led the team in interceptions as a first-year player.

The Sporting News identified safety Tyler Green, receiver Damion Patrick and receiver Leon Thornton as Kevin Wilson's top three recruits. Green initially committed to Ohio State, but word is that he lost his offer with the Buckeyes after OSU reached its recruiting limit in the class.

The Sporting News predicts that back-to-back road games against Maryland and Purdue to close the season will likely determine if IU can improve to six wins and qualify for a bowl game.

*DIGGING DEEPER ON WESTERN KENTUCKY

The Hilltoppers are picked to overtake Marshall and win the East Division of Conference USA.

Four WKU players were named first-team all-CUSA – quarterback Brandon Doughty, offensive lineman Forrest Lamp, receiver Jared Dangerfield and defensive back Wonderful Terry.

Doughty was also named the league's best passing quarterback as well as its best quarterback under pressure.

And, Jeff Brohm was identified as CUSA's best coach as a strategist.

Dangerfield, who had 11 touchdown receptions last season, was honored as WKU's difference maker.

WKU's top three recruits were receiver Quin Jernighan, linebacker Devon Quincy and cornerback Aldwin Jackson.

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