This week on 55……….
We talk commitments……HUGE commitments. How the Cards are doing under Bobby P. Red-White scrimmage tickets go on sale. Hot dogs, Nelson, Intrastate rivals and more. Is there one more big commitment in the CARDS for UofL this week? I say L yeah! So strap in, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is……55.
1) ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC………..I’m really not sure if I said it enough times but ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC. My bad, I know that was the same #1 as it was last week but so much more respect nationally just due to the conference switch. Much more fun league to be a part of as well. Got the following tweet right after the game….
3) Last year we would have “slipped by” or “escaped” This year we shut down a top ACC team. So proud of this team…..
4) Read my experience from my first ACC game here
Video of the awesome redesign of the court at the YUM! via @GoCards…………Enjoy!
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It’s almost time!
Louisville freshman running back L.J. Scott had a heck of a game on Saturday against Murray State. He rushed for 126 yards on 11 carries (11.5 yards per rush) and had 1 touchdown. His longest rush was for 68 yards. He also had 1 catch for 8 yards.
Because of that performance, Scott was named the ACC Rookie of the Week. The freshman came into this season with a lot of hype because of how well he has performed since the spring when he got to campus early. He definitely showed what he can do and gave Cards fans a glimpse of what the future will look like at the running back position.
UofL has announced that the Louisville-FIU football game on September 20 will kickoff at 3:30 pm ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1. The Cards beat FIU 72-0 last season.
A reminder that this week’s game at Virginia will kickoff at 12:30 pm ET and be shown on the ACC Network, or WAVE 3 locally.
Bobby Petrino just picked up a commitment from Paul Harris, a 6’4 wide receiver who is a former Tennessee Volunteer. Harris now plays at Iowa Western Community College. He is originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Coming out of high school, Harris was a 4-star prospect on Rivals. He is currently a 3-star on 247 Sports. The Cards will lose some big experience at wide receiver after this season, so bringing in the 6’4 Harris is a great thing for Petrino.
The Cards are still unranked in the Coaches Poll (sure to change with a win over UVA) but move up 4 spots in the lastest AP poll. The ACC has 4 teams in this weeks poll.
Florida State (38)
Texas A&M (2)
There aren’t too many exciting games (on paper) in the ACC today, or in college football for that matter. There are a couple of ranked games around the country, but honestly, it’s college football. So of course it’s still exciting! The ACC should have a pretty good day today, and carrying the flag for the conference will be Virginia Tech as they try to take down Ohio State.
There are some other games of interest to me. I’d like to see Virginia have a win since we play them next week. After the performance last week, Wake Forest needs a win anytime they can get one, so hopefully today is it for them. Troy usually has a good team, so Duke could be challenged. I would like to see Miami have a dominant game, anything to make our win look even better! San Diego State is usually a solid program, so North Carolina could have a decent game on their hands. Then obviously the big one with Virginia Tech and Ohio State. I guess you could say I am very wrapped up in this whole ACC thing. College football is fun. Oh, and Go Cards!
Here is the full schedule of games for the ACC. It looks like it is ESPN3 day for the conference.
I started this new weekly blog last week, and I must say that I think I am going to enjoy doing it. If not, you will know because it will just stop. But the point of it is just to give my thoughts and opinions on whatever comes to mind, obviously focusing on UofL sports. But rather than just posting facts and passing along information, this is more of an open forum for me. Like with most of these types of posts that I do, I go into it with a little plan, and just start typing and see what happens. It seems to work better that way for me. Maybe there should be more of a plan, I don’t know. I haven’t taken 1 journalism class in my life so I am not 100% sure how that whole process works. I will just type what comes to mind, and hopefully you enjoy reading it. If not, here is my apology: sorry. Now, onto this week’s topics for you to read about Justin time for the weekend!
The 6-0 start is there for the taking
When the football schedule came out, we were all excited to see the big names like Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Miami. We realized we finally had a good schedule and we are not in the AAC or Big East anymore. The more you looked at the schedule, the more you may have noticed that the second half of the schedule is much tougher than the first half. I couldn’t help but think that if we just got by Miami, a 6-0 start was very possible. Well, we got by Miami for sure. Now just take a look at the next 5 games.
The men’s basketball team will have two Red-White scrimmages this fall on October 19 and 26. Both will start at 2:00 pm ET. Tickets go on sale this morning. From UofL:
Tickets, priced at $10 for lower side and corner arena seats and $5 for end zone and upper arena seats, will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5 at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
As always around this time of year, it is a very busy weekend in UofL athletics. The highlight of the weekend will be Saturday evening when the Louisville football team takes on the Murray State Racers. That game is at 7:00 pm ET at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Here in the Cardinal Catch Up, we focus on the “other” sports not named football or men’s basketball. It is a great one-stop shop to keep you informed on how the other teams at UofL are doing, and what they have coming up.
*The #24 ranked volleyball team (1-1) has a very busy weekend as they are hosting the Active Ankle Challenge in Cardinal Arena. They will host Tennessee State at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday morning, and also face Cincinnati at 7:30 pm ET Friday evening. On Saturday, they will face Appalachian State at 11:00 a.m. ET, also in Cardinal Arena.
Bobby Petrino met with reporters on Thursday to talk a little about the Miami win, as well as preparing for the Murray State game on Saturday. It appears that senior Michael Dyer will not play against the Racers as he is still healing from a thigh injury. They hope he is ready to play next week when the Cards hit the road for their second ACC game at Virginia.
“Yeah I don’t think he’s going to be ready this weekend either,” Petrino said. “Right now we are kind of focusing on getting him ready for Virginia.” Petrino said that is the plan unless something happens in the next 48 hours, but even then, I doubt they risk him this weekend.
With the recent commitment of Antonio Blakeney to Louisville, the Cards have put together what will be one of the best classes in the country. Here is how each player is rated on each of the major recruiting sites, along with highlights of each player.
SG Antonio Blakeney
6’4 170 lbs
247 Sports: 5*
Antonio Blakeney has just committed to the University of Louisville! After having a great visit this past weekend, it was thought that he may commit soon, but not THIS soon. The 5-star shooting guard has been Rick Pitino’s top priority for quite some time now, and he could vault the class to the #1 ranked class in the country.
5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney visited UofL’s campus on Sunday and Monday. He was at the Miami game with UofL guard Terry Rozier, who is said to be a good friend of Blakeney. There hasn’t been too much public chatter since his visit ended, as he or his family haven’t done any media interviews just yet.
According to Scout’s Evan Daniels, 2016 center Abdul Ado will visit Louisville this weekend.
The Louisville Cardinals have found their way to #25 on the AP poll. And although the only poll that matters this season will be the College Football Playoff poll that starts in October, people will still pay attention to the polls until then to see where their team is ranked. Because of that, here is the schedule for teams in the Top 25 this week, so you know what chances the Cards have of moving up.
(1) Florida State vs Citadel 7:30 pm ET ACC Network/ESPN3
(2) Alabama vs Florida Atlantic 12:00 pm ET SEC Network
(3) Oregon vs (7) Michigan State 6:30 pm ET FOX
ESPN released a list of their top Basketball/Football tandems in college sports. Being an all-around athletics program is something we take a lot of pride in at the University of Louisville. Basketball team are coming off of a National Championship a few years ago and the football team coming off of multiple bowl victories. I think we are ranked a few spots too low but am happy overall with the perception just a few days into the Petrino era. Louisville was ranked the 5th best program for the 2 sports. Check out the full list below!
Our guys at Courtside Films continue their amazing work with this new summer mixtape of Antonio Blakeney. Blakeney was on campus this past weekend for an official visit and something tells us we may be seeing a lot more of him :).