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This week on 55…………
We talk Basketball watch party. We talk big win over Notre Dame. We talk ranked teams and end of seasons. I will share a story of my trip to Notre Dame, a gallery of the trip and more tidbits as we go. We talk kentucky football and much, much more. So without further adieu, get ready for the ride. Without further interruption, here are the things from this week that stood out to me the most. The most ridiculous, interesting and factual things I came across. This is 55……….
If you are a Louisville football season ticket holder, the time you are waiting for all season has come. You had to suffer through bad home games like Miami and Florida State, but it was all worth it. Getting wins over ACC opponents like NC State and Wake Forest were just to pass the time. Any game you went to, it was just an event to hold us all over. It was all leading to this week. You know, when “the show in town, in the state” finally visits Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Oh yes folks, we are blessed that Kentucky football is coming to put the show on display in front of our very eyes.
Don’t know what I am referring to? Back in April of this year, UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown had this to say after mentioning that there were no pro teams in the area. “The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.” Good to know.
Let’s take a look at how the state (Commonwealth) of Kentucky has been represented by “The Show” this season. They are our leaders, so for the sake of all of us, surely it has gone well…
As we enter the final week of the regular season, here is where DeVante Parker ranks in some of the receiving categories in UofL history. We are only left to wonder “what if” when it comes to these records and Parker, as he missed the first 7 games this season with his foot injury.
1. 299 Arnold Jackson, 1997-00
2. 217 Ibn Green, 1996-99
Where do I start? This is going to be one of the hardest posts I’ve ever had to write. Not because it’s difficult…but because there is so darn much to include. I am going to give it a shot. I will be including a full gallery of my own later today or tomorrow but here is my journey through what was one of the most special and unique days of my life. Here is Notre Dame.
We got up about 7 a.m. (not by choice, thanks snoring Chris) and got some breakfast and started our trek to the holy grail of College Football. If you have never been to a game at Notre Dame, be sure you get there the next time we play there. Magnificent. Immediately myself, Steve, Chris and Joey were in awe at the sights and sounds of South Bend. “Welcome to Notre Dame” began to be a song lyric that just is repeated over and over and over again. “Have fun but not once the game starts” quipped one of the security guards. We spent about 20 minutes exchanging stories and pleasantries once we got to the gates at 10 a.m. We ran into their mascot who insisted we take a picture.
We then went to check out the beautiful Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus.
Here are this weeks Top 25 Polls with Louisville checking into both after a great win over ND!
|AP Top 25|
|1||Florida State (37)||11-0||1458|
- Dropped from rankings: Utah 20, Nebraska 21, USC 24, Duke 25
The Louisville Cardinals have signed their first football commit from the 2015 class. Traveon Samuel, a 4-star athlete on ESPN.com, is the first official signee for the Cards. Samuel is from Phenix City, Alabama and is one of the most dynamic play-makers in the class.
It will take winning and some outside help, but the Louisville Cardinals still have a chance to play in the Orange Bowl this season, which is the BCS Bowl that the ACC is tied to. The only poll that matters now is the College Football Playoff Ranking, so that is the one I will refer to. Louisville enters this week ranked 24th.
Now let’s be clear. When talking about the teams that have a shot at the Orange Bowl from the ACC, they would need Florida State to make it into the Playoff, which would open up the Orange Bowl spot for the next best ACC team. Remember, “next best ACC team” just means the highest ranked ACC team. Head to head means nothing, perception of teams means nothing. It is all about who is ranked highest.
Video of Brian Kelly’s press conference along with the full transcript. He mainly talks about his team, as is the situation with most of these press conferences where they “preview” the opponent. But he mentions some Louisville. Either way, you can learn about the Fighting Irish.
COACH KELLY: We’ll have to find ways to move the ball against an extremely athletic Louisville defense. Mauldin, Burgess, inside very physical fronts. I think there’s probably four or five guys there as good of guys as we’ve gone against. And it looks like they’ve going to get some guys back, too. It will be a great challenge.
I think really it’s about how we play. I think it’s pretty obvious that we’ve got to make some plays defensively. Slow some people down. And take care of the football. Those are the two things. And then our kicking game has got to get back to where it was. I still think we’ve got one of the best kickers in the country, he had an off day on Saturday. But I expect him to bounce back, and if we get those three areas cleaned up, we could beat anybody. So I know that’s the way our kids feel. That’s the way I feel. And we get a chance to do that again on Senior Day. Which is important. Important milestone for three of our seniors, in particular, because they’re the three guys that came in with me five years ago, and we certainly want to send them out as winners. So, with that I’ll answer questions.
This is news that was announced yesterday, but some people may have not heard it yet. Normally, the kickoff time for Louisville vs Kentucky football would have been announced yesterday. However, ESPN has put the game on a “six-day hold” before deciding on a time.
This week on 55………………..
We talk Notre Dame, Basketball’s Opening game and how did your favorite Card teams do in their respective tournaments? Injuries, returns, and a return from suspension?. The first #55Guest writer is displayed and I’m already sorry I gave him the floor. I was wrong about P.J. Dozier, as was every one else since we all got intel from his camp. lol. So get ready for the ride. Without further interruption, here are the things from this week that stand out to me the most. The most ridiculous, interesting and factual things I came across. This is 55……….
If you are planning to make the trip to South Bend for the Louisville-Notre Dame football game this weekend, you may want to read the guidelines on tailgating up there first. No charcoal grills, tents with walls, or loud speakers. The biggest problem for UofL fans? Tailgating is NOT allowed after kickoff. Surely this wouldn’t be a problem at a road game, but you never know!
Here are the rules for tailgating straight from Notre Dame’s website:
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We talk big win at Boston College, Basketball looking much improved, Field Hockey gets a NCAA berth. Devante and Gerod take aim at the record books for the NCAA,UL & ACC. Injuries, returns, and a disgruntled player or two. The first #55Guest writer is announced and predictions on P.J. Dozier. So get ready for the ride. Without further interruption, here are the things from this week that stand out to me the most. The most ridiculous, interesting and factual things I came across. This is 55……….
Back in July, I posted some of the all-time receiving records at UofL and showed where DeVante Parker ranked in those categories. Obviously, there wasn’t any need to update them during the season since he missed the first 6 games. But now since he is back, and back with a vengeance, I figured it would be ok to update the stats now. So here is where DeVante ranks among the all-time UofL greats. Keep in mind, he still has 3 games to play.
1. 299 Arnold Jackson, 1997-00
2. 217 Ibn Green, 1996-99
3. 187 J.R. Russell, 2001-04
A lot of people recently have been asking about the status of Dominique Brown. It seems like Michael Dyer and Brandon Radcliff have taken over the running back responsibilities. L.J. Scott will get a carry every now and then, but senior Dominique Brown has been nowhere to be found.
In fact, he has not recorded a carry or reception since the Clemson game, which was back on October 11. Aside from the season opener against Miami, where Brown rushed for 143 yards, his most yards this season came at Virginia when he rushed for 74 yards.
This week’s ACC schedule of games kicked off on Thursday night, with Clemson struggling to beat Wake Forest. The game was tied with 11 minutes to go before Clemson pulled away. Here are the rest of this week’s games along with the updated conference standings.
(21) Clemson (7-2, 6-1) def Wake Forest (2-7, 0-5) 34-20
I was talking to a buddy of mine earlier about Louisville football. I use to play, he used to play. We were talking about a conversation we had before the season when were talking about Devante Parker beating Ibn Greens Career TD record of 33. I said he would and my friend joked, not if he gets hurt. The day I found out that DP got hurt I called up said friend and cursed him out. Well, not cursed but I talked very loud. Calm down a little, I know he wasn’t to blame. Maybe a little. I digress. We were all sure Devante would break records and I still believe he will. I was talking to another friend tonight who brought up a great point. Devante has the opportunity to reach 1000 yards receiving this year despite missing 7 games. 7 GAMES! He currently has 17 catches for 346 yards or an average of 173 a game. He needs 654 yards or an average of 163.5 yards per game. It sounds outlandish but if anyone can do it, its Devante AKA Spiderman. So my first question, will Devante Parker break Ibn Greens career TD record of 33? Devante has 28:
I’m interested in seeing what you guys think. Feel free to comment if you want to elaborate. whether he breaks these records or not he will still be one of the most revered Wide Receivers we have ever had. Good luck to the guys Saturday #BeatBostonCollege
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I am going to switch it up a little bit. After doing 55 for about a year now, I wanted to do something a little different. I know, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I just want to give this a try. Instead of bringing you 55 facts each week, I am going to write a column that I break down into 4 quarters. 1st Quarter: Football, 2nd Quarter: Basketball, 3rd Quarter: Cardinal Athletics, 4th Quarter: Our best stories and weeks best tid-bits that doesn’t fit into the first three-quarters. In weeks there are no Football games, I will make that week a quarter where one fan will be chosen to have a guest spot on 55 and discuss anything UofL. I feel like this will give 55 a fresh look and if you guys don’t like it let me know and I will go back. Like I said, I’m just looking for new ways to do the same thing and that’s entertain you. Wonder who will be the first fan columnist for the 11/17 Episode? Tweet me and hashtag #55GuestSpot. I will only pick out of these people. If you tweet me at @Jeremy_CSZ and say I want to but don’t include the hashtag #55GuestSpot then you are out of luck. Simple directions people…. Without further interruption, here are the things from this week that stand out to me the most. The most ridiculous,interesting and factual things I came across. This is 55……….
Louisville football will travel to South Bend on November 22 to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This game is one CardNation has had circled since it was announced a little over a year ago (which shows by the 400 dollar South Bend hotels). Why you ask? Well:
2. Touchdown Jesus
3. At approximately 4 hours, it is a fairly easy trip
4. And last but not least, we just flat out do not like them (see last 7 years of basketball)
With all that being said, November 22nd is sure to be an incredible atmosphere and there is only one thing that could make it even better……..College Gameday!
As it stands right now, outside of this game, the College Football landscape looks quite bland that weekend. The other top 25 games that week are as follows: