From ACC Digital Network:
Louisville fans can expect a big season from DeVante Parker as the Cardinals enter the ACC. That’s why the wide receiver gets the #11 spot on our list of the ACC’s Top 25 Players to Watch. As a junior in 2013, Parker finished with 885 yards and 12 touchdowns. Now under the direction of offensive mastermind Bobby Petrino, defenses across the ACC will try to stop one of the nation’s most dangerous pass-catchers.
This whole ACC thing is just awesome. Checking out the blog for where Louisville plays now and seeing other teams like Florida State, Clemson, and Miami, it’s just great! Now a moment of silence for our former friends/foes Cincinnati and UConn who are still stuck in a conference with East Carolina, Temple, Tulane, and SMU…..Whew!
Over the last few days, the ACC bloggers for ESPN.com have been counting down their top 25 football players in the ACC for the upcoming season. DeVante Parker made the list as the only representative of the Louisville Cardinals. Think Florida State is expected to be good this season? They have 10 of the 25 spots taken. Here is how they ranked their top 25 players…
Maybe I am just extra giddy about the fact that Louisville is in the ACC, but I am loving all the coverage from ACC Kickoff (media day). In the past, I have usually just said that I am a Louisville fan and that I really don’t care about the rest of our conference. Even in years when we needed the other teams to win games to get respect for the league, which is nearly every year. But now that isn’t the case. We are finally in a great league. And for the time being, and this will probably last a long time, I am a fan of the conference.
In saying that, yes this is a Louisville blog, and yes we start the season with Miami. So why would I post some random stuff about Jameis Winston? Because honestly, if there was a face of an entire conference, it’s him. Heisman Trophy winner, National Champion, and great with the media. Like him or not, this guy is the face of the ACC heading into this season.
Here is another interview that DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin did at the ACC Kickoff on Sunday. This is with the ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel.
It has been a very busy day for seniors DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin as they are at the ACC Kickoff (media days) in Greensboro, North Carolina. They have been doing different interviews and photo ops all day long. They just met with the media for a little Q & A, and here it is.
Q. What’s it like being a receiver in Bobby Petrino’s offense?
DEVANTE PARKER: It’s a good experience. We know that Coach Petrino, he likes to put up points on the board, so that’s the best thing about being a receiver in coach Petrino’s offense.
Q. What’s the reception been like from the ACC and what do you expect in the opening game against Miami?
DEVANTE PARKER: We just expect to come out and play hard like we did in the bowl game, even though we’ve got new players and coaches and stuff, but we’re just going to come out and play hard and try to get a W.
The official media predictions will be released on Monday, but I figured I would go ahead and give my predictions for how I think the standings will be in the ACC this season. This prediction will mean about as much as the media one that comes out tomorrow, which is not much at all. The games have to be played on the field, so whatever we predict is just good for conversation and debate. Pretty soon I will post my game-by-game prediction for the Cards, but for now, here are my predicted standings…
1) Florida State
5) North Carolina State
6) Boston College
7) Wake Forest
ESPN’s Football Power Index, which you can read about here, projects the Louisville Cardinals to have an average season in 2014. They say the Cards will go 7-5. Sure, it’s a winning record, but looking at the schedule, I would think that 7-5 would be viewed as a disappointment among most Louisville fans.
Here is what they say about the Cards:
ESPN.com blogger Andrea Adelson recently was able to interview Louisville tight end Gerald Christian, and she posted that on the ACC blog on Monday. Christian looks to have a big season under Bobby Petrino, and I couldn’t agree more. While I think every player on offense will have their best season so far, Christian will be a mismatch for nearly anyone that tries to cover him. He should thrive this season.
Here is the interview posted on ESPN.com…
How much more will you be used in the Louisville pass game this year?
A: Coach Petrino, he’s known for using his tight ends and he’s a great coach. I like how he takes his personnel and utilizes their strengths. He’s going to take me and put me in position to be one-on-one against a linebacker and one-on-one against a safety, where he targets me to have mismatches to exploit the defense. Last year, the offense was just learning plays, whereas Coach Petrino takes his playmakers and targets them more to make plays.
There will be plenty of predictions made from now up until the 2014 football season finally starts. As I always say with these, they don’t mean much, but they’re fun to discuss. And also it is interesting to see how national writers view the Cardinals heading into the ACC. I am waiting until kickoff gets closer to make a game-by-game prediction for the Cards this season. But Greg Wallace from bleacherreport.com has predicted the win-loss record for every new college football head coach in 2014.
In this article, Wallace predicts that Bobby Petrino will guide the Louisville Cardinals to an 8-4 record in their inaugural season in the ACC. Here is what he says about Petrino and the Cards:
It’s only July, but with the Cards officially in the ACC now, that opening football game against Miami on September 1 feels like it’s right around the corner. Because of that, it seemed like a good time to update you on the wide receiver record books at UofL. Senior DeVante Parker has a chance to put his name at or near the top of a lot of lists for the Cards this season. These are only the career lists, but of course he can make his way onto season-leading lists as the season goes on. Let’s see where he stands right now entering the 2014 season.
Kevin Ryan of 247 Sports released a Top 10 for new coaching hires from this off-season. The rankings are based on “past performance, fit at the new school, possibility of future success, and other criteria.”
Bobby Petrino was ranked as the 4th best hire. What sticks out if you look at the list is who is ranked as the 3rd best hire: Charlie Strong at Texas. What does this mean? Well, absolutely nothing really. But it’s July and these lists are fun to talk about sometimes.
Bobby Petrino just announced at the ACC Celebration at Fourth Street Live! that the opening football game this season against the Miami Hurricanes will be a Blackout! We are just two short months away from that game on September 1! Here are some photos of the black uniforms.
This past Monday, the ACC announced that they would stay at an 8-game conference schedule. Then starting in 2017, teams must play one non-conference game against either Notre Dame or an opponent from one of the other major 5 conferences: SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12. Well what could make things interesting, is that some ACC schools are considering making their non-conference game against another ACC school. The game would not count as a conference game.
The main reason behind this is because teams in the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions could possibly only play each other every 11 years or so. This doesn’t include the permanent crossover rival from the other division that teams play every year. For example, Louisville’s crossover rival from the Coastal Division will be Virginia, so they will face each other every season. Miami is also in the Coastal Division. So after the opening game of the 2014 season, Louisville may not play Miami again until 2025. And we all know that Louisville vs Miami has the potential to be a great new rivalry.
The ACC announced home and away schedules for the 2014 football season, and if you are a Cards fan, you had to love what you saw. If you are not a Cards fan, why are you reading this? Thanks though! I realize we still have a 2013 season to play, but I thought I would go ahead and get this out there, because road trips and traveling can take some planning. I will also do one of these for this season. But with the excitement of the ACC on the way, this seemed like a good time to do this. Go ahead and make your plans to travel with the Cards on the road to an ACC game!
The dates are obviously not set yet, and these are in no particular order. But these are the conference teams that the Cards will play on the road in 2014. And yes, Notre Dame counts as ACC when it comes to this. For the distance, I just used mapquest and typed in the city of where the team plays, so of course it can be a few minutes off from where you would be coming from and where the stadium is, but you get a general idea.