The Louisville Cardinals will begin the 2015 college football season unranked, and that is just fine by me. Gone are the days where we would look at the schedule and maybe see one ranked opponent that we just absolutely HAD to beat to have any good wins. Now in the ACC, and with a pretty big season opener, the Cards will have plenty of chances to make their way into the top 25.
If you count the teams in the “others receiving votes” section, Louisville technically finds themselves ranked at #32. Like I said, there are chances to beat ranked teams and move up. In the preseason poll, Louisville faces three ranked teams:
Just a few quick notes before I head out the door this morning. You may already know all of these things, but maybe not…
*Football practice begins on Thursday for the University of Louisville. They will have a team meeting on Wednesday and then really begin on Thursday.
*There is supposed to be an announcement (I think today) as to if any practices are open to the public. I haven’t heard anything, but I wouldn’t be surprised if maybe the first two or three are open.
UPDATE – OPEN PRACTICE TIMES ANNOUNCED. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SCHEDULE.
I am about a day late getting to this, but it happens. Life happens. Anyways, if you missed it, Louisville football got another commitment for the 2016 class when Caleb Tillman made his pledge to the Cards. Tillman is a defensive lineman from Dothan, Alabama and is a former Mississippi State commit. Most sites list him as a defensive end, but one also has him as a defensive tackle. At his size of 6’3 and around 265 lbs, that is more likely suited for a defensive end.
The ACC bloggers for ESPN.com put together a list of players for both the offense and defense that they labeled the “all-breakout team.” This consisted of players they think can have a breakout season in 2015, but did not receive a single vote on the preseason all-conference teams.
Louisville’s Devonte Fields made this list, and here is what David Hale had to say about the former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year…
ACC Digital Network named their top 4 running backs in the ACC entering the 2015 season.
The commit train has pulled out of the station and has a full head of steam! Louisville just got another commitment for the class of 2016, their second of the day. Earlier this afternoon, it was Male High School standout Keion Wakefield. This time, it is Tabarius Peterson, a 3-star outside linebacker/defensive end from Tucker, Georgia.
Question: You open up conference play with a Clemson team that’s picked pre-season favorite in the ACC. What is your outlook on that?
PETRINO: It’s a great conference opener for us. Obviously we need to play our opening game in Atlanta versus Auburn first, then a very good Houston team comes to Louisville and plays us on Saturday, then Clemson is a Thursday night game, a short turnaround, something that is going to challenge our players to get ready for. We have to have a good plan for it. We’ve been working hard, getting ready for that game already. They’re a very good football team with an exciting quarterback. It’s a challenge for us but we’re looking forward to it. I know it’s going to be a great game to have at the University of Louisville, Papa John’s Stadium. That’s a fun thing being in the ACC, the teams we get to bring in on a year-to-year basis at Papa John’s.
This is your language warning. <——that was it, right there.
Apparently, some intern was really fed up with updating stats in the ACC media guide. Or, they are just showing their displeasure for Wake Forest football.
According to the ACC Digital Network, Louisville’s top 3 impact players for the 2015 football season will be James Quick, Sheldon Rankins, and Brandon Radcliff. There is no doubt that all three of those guys will have to play well for the Cards to have success. It is just very hard to narrow this down to three because then you leave out guys like James Burgess, Keith Kelsey, Josh Harvey-Clemons, or whoever plays quarterback.
Nevertheless, these three will still be key factors in 2015.
ACC Digital Network has compiled a list of their top 5 wide receivers in the ACC heading into the 2015 season. Louisville’s James Quick made the list. See who else did right here…
ESPN.com writers Andrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna each chose an ACC team that they feel has the toughest football schedule in 2015 (among ACC teams of course). Andrea chose the Miami Hurricanes, who I wish we played every season by the way. Matt went with Louisville, and the first part of the schedule is the main factor.
College Football News has a good preview of the 2015 Louisville Cardinals. As we start July, any football preview is a good thing because the season can not get here soon enough. But this particular preview seems to actually be accurate about the team, which you don’t always get from national publications.
Here are a fer excerpts from the preview. You can read the full post by clicking the link above.
Someone else can make a new one of these each week and it doesn’t matter. They don’t get old.
ESPN.com’s Jared Shanker posted his top 10 ACC games that they (I assume the ACC bloggers with ESPN) are most looking forward to in 2015. Of the 10 games, the Louisville Cardinals are playing in two of those: the season opener against the Auburn Tigers and the home matchup against the Clemson Tigers. Needless to say, the early season could be exciting for the Cards. Here is what he had to say about those two games.
Well we got ourselves a “nooner.” The word, although not recognized by this WordPress document due to the squiggly red line underneath, is definitely one that Louisville football fans can understand.
The first home game of the 2015 season for the Cards will be on September 12 against Houston. And yes, it will be a nooner on the ACC Regional Sports Network. I believe that usually means WAVE 3 or WHAS 11 locally.
The ACC football coaches had a teleconference on Wednesday to talk about their teams and wrap up the spring season. Bobby Petrino updated the status of Will Gardner, talked about wide receivers who have stood out, and more.
For the transcript of all of the coaches, click here.
BOBBY PETRINO: Well, I thought we had a very good spring. It was nice to have the continuity on our staff and have all of our coaches back and see the improvements that we made because our players really understand how we’re going to work and go about our business and the tempo that we’re going to practice at. So I felt like we were able to make some real strides there. We’ve had some good quarterback competition going on, which is always a lot of fun and something that I thought they all handled well, and then I like what I see from our defense. We’re going to be strong on the defensive front. We’ll have some new guys in the secondary, but they’re talented, and we have a really good linebacking crew. Overall I thought we got done a lot in spring ball, but certainly we have a lot of work ahead of us and a long way to go to get ready for a real tough early schedule.
ESPN blogger Andrea Adelson says that “this could be the year of the quarterback in the ACC” since so many teams have starters returning. She also says that some teams will have a bit of intrigue at the quarterback spot this spring. Obviously, the Louisville Cardinals are one of the teams with some intrigue.
Here is her full article to get you caught up on the rest of the ACC teams and their quarterback spots. This is what she had to say about Louisville: