Category Archives: Football
The Cards are off this Saturday because of their game next Thursday against Florida State. There are still some other good games this weekend to pay attention to in the ACC division races. The Coastal is obviously all jumbled up as 1 game separates all 7 teams. Boston College needs to get back to their winning ways, so hosting Wake Forest should help that. Can Virginia get back on track against UNC and show that the first half of the season wasn’t a fluke?
And it will be good to see if Clemson can go on the road and play in a loud environment…
Today Notre Dame announced its future scheduling concerning ACC opponents through 2025. It was revealed that even though we were expecting a 2017 visit to Papa Johns, that we will not host the Irish until 2019 in the opening game of the season. That makes up for it a little. It was also announced that we will head back to South Bend in 2020 and the Irish will head back to the oven in 2023. That sounds so far away but sadly it isn’t. The first meeting with the Irish however is this season in South Bend on the 22nd of November. Glad to hear we will keep them in a regular rotation.
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We have a lot to talk about this week. NCST. Red-White Scrimmage, Anas, 2010 Wayne, Rozier, CJ and Trezl. UofL Field Hockey drops a game at home for the first time in 2 years. Soccer gets a top 2 win at home as well. Even a little High School Playoffs. So sit down, buckle up and enjoy the ride. These are the 55 most intriguing, ridiculous or down right best or worst things I have heard this week. This…is….55
2) In spirit of a new thing I just started, I will fly the winning logo from the football game at slot #1. This week the Good guys won.
3) Louisville defeated NCST 30-18 on Saturday at the friendly confines of PJCS.
4) 2 people returned on Saturday, Devante Parker & a guy named Mike Dyer…I think that’s how you say it. Mike Dyer exploded for 173 yards and a TouchDown. Parker didn’t find the end zone but had 9 catches for a 132 yards. Yeah I thought that was a little rusty too.
5) On Offense Will threw for 203 yards and a TD. Eli Rogers caught that TD and 5 catches for 35 yards to go along with Parkers 9 for 132.
6) The defense looked a little rough this week but understand one thing, it is tough playing College Football with no breaks and the Cards get a much-needed bye week this upcoming week. The Cards still hold on to their #1 ranking on Total D. They held NCST to 18 points. A NCST team that put up 41 on the Seminoles, Louisville’s next test. James Sample had 11 tackles, Burgess had 8 and a sack. Rankins and Lozo added a sack each. Mr INT Gerod Holliman added another pick as time expired to extend his total to 8 on the season. Anthony Floyd holds the single season INT total with 10 his Sophomore year.
7) People keep getting down on this team but they must not remember most of our other coaches first years. It takes a year or so to get in Bobby’s players and for these players to learn his playbook after having 3 years with Strong’s playbook. Things will be OK and there is no need to jump off of a cliff. I think we expect everything to go right immediately since we have had a lot of success recently, It doesn’t always work that way.
8) Moving forward….
9) This weeks after story at the Football game wasn’t the win or the return, it was all of the empty seats. Players notice this, recruits notice it. If you can’t go to a game, give your tickets to someone who can. If they can afford it, cool. If they can’t give them to them. Get butts in seats. I have no problem with people leaving early during a blowout but these guys from NCST were down 4 with a few minutes left with a chance at an onside kick. UofL has a small part of the blame also with not restricting access to the Party Deck during the game. Make it a fully ticketed area so you can open up more seats for others to purchase. Let’s get this issue addressed CardNation. We are in a big time conference now headed towards being a big time program….let’s act like it.
11) Well, It was kinda like that…
It sure was good to have DeVante back. To keep it simple: he changes everything!
Week 8 for the ACC got started on Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech 21-16 in a Coastal matchup. Obviously, the biggest game involving an ACC team is not a conference game, and that is Florida State vs Notre Dame. Other than that, there are still some good games that should put some separation between teams in the conference. Here is the schedule, followed by the standings.
Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-1) def Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) 21-16.
I posted this morning that Corvin Lamb was having some kind of surgery, but wasn’t sure what. UofL has confirmed that it was, in fact, for a torn ACL. Lamb will miss the rest of the season. It is not the same knee that he injured last season.
Former Louisville running back Senorise Perry, who is now with the Chicago Bears, had an interesting tweet on Tuesday night. He wished Corvin Lamb luck with his surgery. We know that Lamb left the Clemson game with a lower body injury, but that was all that was really said. At least to my knowledge (at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning), it hasn’t been said what exactly happened to Lamb.
Bobby Petrino and Will Gardner met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the loss at Clemson and preview the upcoming game against NC State. The videos are from thecrunchzone.com.
When NC State takes the field on Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals, they will do so without 7 players who were just suspended because of a BB gun incident. Two of the seven are starters on defense (Fernandez and Jones). Here are the rest of the players and their stats this season…
LB Jerod Fernandez – 58 tackles (24 solo) and 2 INT. Team’s leading tackler
S Josh Jones – 38 tackles (28 solo) with 1 sack and 1 INT
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Clemson, Clemson, Clemson. The time-out. How did our other programs do? Gary Barnidge, the Player??? We look this week at the remainder of the Football schedule and I will give my predictions and much, much more. So sit down, buckle up and enjoy the ride. These are the 55 most intriguing, ridiculous or down right best or worst things I have heard this week. This…is….55
2) Out of respect for you I post your flag first this week. I was confident all week that with our defense we would have no problem defeated Clemson at Death Valley. I was wrong. The Cards lost 23-17 after a huge James Quick reception set us up with a 1 and 10 from the 5 yard line or so. Then this happened.
4) Well we lost and we should be very proud of this team. Without Will for the first half and with out Devante all game we almost pulled it off. Our Defense smothered the Tigers and held them to 9 offensive points when they scored 91 the prior 2 weeks combined.
5) Also for everyone ready to throw Bobby into the fire might I remind you of two things. One, Bobby has not been around these kids long. It does take a while to mesh with your team and get used to what they can do. Two we could have been kragthorped again. Be very thankful.
6) Always remember
8) Yeah….It’s not that bad now, is it? IS IT!!!!!
9) I digress
10) Let’s talk Defense. James Sample had 14 tackles and an INT, James Burgess had 11 tackles and an INT. Leading tackler on the season keith Kelsey added 8. The defense remains the #1 overall in total Defense.
Now that a few hours have passed since the game ended, I feel like sitting down to write about it. I have gotten much better over the years as to how I take losses. I do realize that I have no impact on the game whatsoever, and it is just that, a game. It is entertainment and a distraction from everyday life and real problems. So realizing that helps move on from losses. However, getting back to being the huge fan that I am, this one hurt!
In every game, there are good things and bad things that happen. This game seemed to be full of both. I would normally get on here and write about how things are just fine and this team will be ok, and no worries. That is just how I am now, Mr. Optimistic. The proof of that is that a few minutes after the game ended, a text came in that started with “I know you are the positive fan but…”
But I won’t be 100% positive talk here. I will address the problems that stuck out to me, no need to hide from them. So I will look at things from both sides. And since I am the positive one, I would prefer to end my post on the good things, so let’s go ahead and get the bad stuff out of the way. Before my negativity starts, just know that I still 100% support this team, including coaches and players. I love my Cards and one halfway critical post does not change that.
Here is the schedule of games today in the ACC. Obviously, Louisville at Clemson is the game of the week, but there are some other good games as well.
Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) vs (1) Florida State (5-0, 3-0) 12:00 ESPN
Miami (3-3, 1-2) vs Cincinnati (2-2, 0-1) 12:00 GamePlan/ESPN3
In both the AP poll and USA Today Coaches poll, the Louisville Cardinals are ranked 29th. This schedule of games is always based on the AP poll, so I will stay consistent with that. In that poll, Clemson is 26th. They are 25th in the Coaches poll. Interesting that both of the Mississippi schools are tied for 3rd. There are some good games today with ranked teams. If the Cards can pull off the upset in Death Valley, they will most certainly be ranked again.
Here is the schedule of games for the full top 25 today.
(1) Florida State (5-0, 3-0) @ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) 12:00 ESPN
(2) Auburn (5-0, 2-0) @ (3) Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0) 3:30 CBS
(3) Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0) @ (14) Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1) 9:00 ESPN
It was confirmed late Friday night that freshman wide receiver Cameron Polk has been dismissed from the University of Louisville football team. Polk received a drug citation from university police on Wednesday.
“Cameron Polk has been dismissed from the team,” U of L coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement to The Courier-Journal. “I do feel, however, that it is important that we provide him with the help and support needed to help him with his problems.”
The following was posted back in August by Spencer York of shakininthesouthland.com, Clemson’s SB Nation site. He gives a great rundown of things to do and places to go if you are visiting Clemson for the first time. I figure fans are probably on their way down now or later this afternoon, so this could come in handy. Here is your guide to Clemson!
So you’re coming to Clemson for the first time? Well hopefully this small guide here will be able to help you out on your stay, whether you’re an opposing fan, or a neutral just checking out a game. Inside are places to eat, bars to drink at, places to stay, tailgating and parking info, etc.
So lets say you’re coming into town for a game and you need a place to stay. You have multiple options in Clemson, Seneca, Anderson, Easley, and Greenville.
Places to Stay
The best bet is to stay with someone that you know, but, if not, then these suggestions should help out.
Unless you are subscribed to our e-mail list, which sends you an e-mail every time a new post is made on CardinalSportsZone.com, there may be some things you miss during the week. By the way, getting on that e-mail list is a GREAT idea, not to mention easy. On that column there on the right (on the full site), there is a section called “Follow CSZ via email.” Just click “follow” and get signed up. It is a great way to keep up if you can’t always check out the site to see if there are new articles.
Now back to this. If you missed things during the week, or even if you didn’t but want a page with all of the links about Louisville-Clemson from the week that we posted, here it is for you. This way you don’t have to go search if you want to see things like the depth chart or Bobby Petrino’s press conference previewing Clemson. It is all listed below. If anything else gets posted today about the game, I will add it on here too. Hope this makes things easier for you. Go Cards!
If you were able to catch the podcast that I was on the other night, you also got to hear a lot of ACC knowledge from Mr. Jeff Fann. Jeff runs the site AllSportsDiscussion.com, which focuses on the ACC but just as the name says, will also talk about anything in sports.
Besides knowing about all of the teams in the ACC, there was another reason I wanted to do a quick Q&A with Jeff about the game on Saturday. That reason? He is a Clemson graduate. So if there is any team he can talk about more and have a real passion for them, it has to be the Tigers. So here we go!
1) What is the biggest advantage that each team has over the other in this game?
The following write up comes from Chris Hall, who is a big-time fan of the Clemson Tigers. In fact, his twitter profile says “my blood runs Clemson Orange.” So you have to appreciate that passion. Chris also has his own blog, sportstalkwithchrishall.blogspot.com, and he was nice enough to send us a personal game preview for this Saturday’s matchup between Louisville and Clemson.
Chris tells you all about Clemson’s team, which is great if you want to learn about the opposition before Saturday. For anyone traveling to the game, he also provides some tips on parking, eating, tailgating, and more.
Give him a follow on twitter @CHallSportsTalk and check out his preview!
What a difference two weeks makes. After letting one slip away in Tallahassee in overtime and dropping to 1-2 on the season, Tiger fans were understandably upset. Some of these “fans” were even calling for Swinney and Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris to be fired. Enter true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. The 6-2 205 dual-threat gunslinger from Gainesville, GA has lived up to the hype and truly is a special player. In his first start against North Carolina, he threw for a school record and tied an ACC record with 6 touchdowns in a 50-35 victory. He makes it look easy and has the poise of a 5th year senior in the pocket. Watson has provided a spark to not only this Clemson offense but the entire team and fan base. The Tigers have posted back to back wins and are averaging 45.5 points per game with the freshmen running the show. Optimism in flying high again around Tigertown and everyone is excited to watch this special player develop and continue what looks to be a very promising career. More importantly, Morris and Swinney’s job security, according to fans, is safe again.
Louisville’s offensive and defensive coordinators, Garrick McGee an Todd Grantham (respectively), met with the media over the last couple of days to discuss the upcoming game against Clemson. They also talked about their own team a little bit. The links to the videos are provided, as well as summaries of key notes they talked about.
-Practice was good. The kids were spirited. Not everything was perfect but it’s like that on Tuesdays because you are installing a new game plan, playing against a new defensive structure, but the spirit was there.
-Clemson has a really good defensive scheme. They have powerful guys in the middle. They have one of the top pash rushers in the country (Vic Beasley). They have three really good linebackers. They have length at safety. “I think #20 is 6’4.” So they present plenty of challenges for us.