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Louisville vs Clemson: Looking at the Glass as Half Empty and Half Full

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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.

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ACC Football Schedule and Standings: Week 7

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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

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Top 25 College Football Schedule: Week 7

Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

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

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Men’s Basketball: Limited Half Season Packages On Sale

UofL announced on Thursday that there is a limited amount of half season ticket packages on sale for the upcoming basketball season. The picture pretty much explains it all.

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WR Cameron Polk Dismissed From Team

Cameron Polk

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.”

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Your Guide to Visiting Clemson

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doclawrencenews.blogspot.com

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.

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Louisville vs Clemson: Links From the Week

Photo: John Powell/Sideline Carolina

Photo: John Powell/Sideline Carolina

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!

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5 Questions for ACC Blogger Jeff Fann Leading up to Louisville-Clemson

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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.

You can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here. It is run by Jeff, who is better known on twitter as @TalkinACCSports and Matthew, better known as @hokiesmash.

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?

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A Clemson Team Breakdown from a Clemson Fan; and Tailgate Information

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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!

Offense

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.

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Rick Pitino gives update on team, talks shoe companies, and how to deal with UK fans (Full Press Conference)

Rick Pitino was in rare preseason form today when he sat down in front of reporters. Pitino gave great updates on the incoming team letting everyone know he is really excited about the starting 5. Pitino also was asked about the relationships with shoe companies and recruits and lets just say he didn’t hold anything back. Ah Pitino we have missed you.

Clemson fans already camping out for the Cards

ClemsonTigers.com

ClemsonTigers.com

According to this tweet it looks like the Cards are going to walk into one of the wildest atmospheres they have seen in awhile. Clemson fans took offense to Bobby’s comments (or lack thereof) earlier this week and look to make sure it is rocking. Hey it’s no Syracuse but it’ll be cute I suppose. #BeatClemson

Garrick McGee and Todd Grantham Preview Clemson

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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.

Garrick McGee

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-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.

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Bobby Petrino and Dabo Swinney ACC Teleconference Transcripts

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Here are the transcripts from Wednesday’s ACC teleconference for Bobby Petrino and Dabo Swinney.

Bobby Petrino – Louisville

BOBBY PETRINO: We’re coming off a good road win at Syracuse where we had to fight hard to win the game in the fourth quarter, which I thought was really good for our football team. Defensively we’re playing at a very high level. Offensively we continue to get better, so I’m excited about the improvements we made. We know we have a great challenge ahead of us going in to play at Clemson, which is a very loud atmosphere and a great crowd. But we look forward to the challenge.

Q. Is DeVante fully cleared for this Saturday or are you waiting on a few for things?

BOBBY PETRINO: Yeah, we’re kind of waiting on that. He came out for practice yesterday. He didn’t go the entire practice but did run routes and took part in parts of our practice. He looked good out there, but we just have to see how the week progresses.

Q. When you look on film, what is it about Clemson’s receivers you think that allows them to shine so fast so soon, a lot of young guys there?

BOBBY PETRINO: Yeah, I think they do a great job on their teaching of their get-off and their route running. They’re big guys that can get down the field and catch the ball well in their hands, so it’s a great challenge for us.

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Pitino having an In-Home visit with top 2015 hoops target tonight

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com Rick Pitino is in South Carolina to see top target Perry Dozier tonight.

This makes the second time in a month that Pitino has been down to see Dozier making it clear he is the Cards guy. Dozier will be in Louisville for the FSU game on an official visit. A commitment from Dozier would solidify the best class Pitino has ever had at Louisville.

Dabo Swinney lip-synching “Happy”

Well, sort of. He at least gets it all started.

Clemson Players Preview Louisville

One thing I do like about Clemson so far is how much media coverage they give heading into a game. You have video of Dabo Swinney and his two coordinators talking, and now 11 players previewing Louisville. Pretty nice stuff to have when you are learning about your opponent. This sounds weird, but check out the eyes on Kalon Davis!

QB Deshaun Watson

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Clemson Coaches Preview Louisville

Photo: SportsTalkSC.com

Photo: SportsTalkSC.com

Here are a few videos of the Clemson coaches previewing the Louisville Cardinals. This is a very exciting week!

Head Coach Dabo Swinney

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ACC Podcast Recapping Week 6 and Talking Louisville-Clemson

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On Sunday night, I had the great opportunity to be a guest on an ACC podcast with a couple of fellow bloggers from the conference. @HokieSmash and @TalkinACCSports from allsportsdiscussion.com were gracious enough to allow me to come on and talk about the crazy week in college football, and of course we talked about the big game coming up between Louisville and Clemson.

Give it a listen if you get a lot of free time, or want to make fun of me. Whatever works for you!

Listen to the podcast. 

Clemson Has Their Own Issues on the Offensive Line

Reid Webster. Photo: @ClemsonFB

Reid Webster. Photo: @ClemsonFB

For all of the criticism surrounding the play of Louisville’s offensive line, the Clemson Tigers enter Saturday with plenty of question marks of their own. The local paper, GreenvilleOnline.com, explains it a little more.

Clemson has endured a rash of injuries and setbacks along the offensive line. That has transformed the depth chart into a shallow talent pool. For instance, this week, senior Reid Webster is listed as the starter at right guard.

And the backup at left tackle.

And the backup at center.

And the backup at right tackle.

“We went into last week thin, and we came out thinner,” offensive coordinator Chad Morris said, alluding to the broken foot interior lineman Jay Guillermo suffered Saturday against North Carolina State.

Guillermo, who has logged snaps at guard and center, will miss three to five weeks. Junior tackle Joe Gore missed the N.C. State game and will miss at least another week after undergoing an appendectomy last week. Shaq Anthony, whom Gore beat out for the starting right tackle position through August camp, transferred before the start of the season.

Clemson closed the spring with 10 linemen on its depth chart. They will face Louisville with seven.

 

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Clemson to have a “Silent Out”?

RantSports.com

RantSports.com

Soooo apparently some Clemson folks are trying to spread the word about having a “silent out” before the game on Saturday. They were not happy when Bobby Petrino said that playing in Death Valley this week will be similar to playing in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse when it comes to noise level. “I don’t know if it can get any louder,” Petrino said.

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