The Cardinals ended the season on a down note last year, dropping their final 3 games, including a 29-9 loss to  LSU in the Citrus Bowl. They were sloppy enough–losing 22 fumbles. They have only 4 starters back on offense and must rebuild the offensive line and play in what is arguably the toughest division in college football–the ACC Atlantic with FSU and Clemson.

So  what are the Cardinals doing in the pre-season Top 10?

Well, let’s start with the guy on the sidelines. Bobby Petrino might not be the most popular coach in the room, but the man knows his Xs and Os. He also knows how to build and how to win.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.