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.
It is no secret that when Louisville takes the field on September 5th against the Auburn Tigers, the personnel on defense will be much different than last year. No Mauldin, Sample, Gaines, Holliman…you get the point. But a reason for UofL fans to be optimistic is the addition of two transfers from Georgia that can play this season, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins.
Wiggins missed most of spring ball after a bad elbow injury. According to his tweet, it looks like that elbow is finally healed.
ESPN.com has been putting out posts recently about the toughest three-game stretch for ACC teams this upcoming football season. They could very well be doing it for other conferences as well, but I have only kept up with the ACC blog to this point. Yesterday, David Hale released his three-game stretch for Louisville that will be the toughest. Not a big surprise, but it is the first three games of the season.
The Cards open against Auburn, who could be a top 5 team to start the season, then host Houston and Clemson in the span of just 6 days. Here is what Hale says:
The staff at ESPN.com came up with a pretty unique post. They took every jersey number from 1-99 and put together a list of the best player at each number for this coming season. For example, #9 probably would have been DeVante Parker in the 2014 version of this kind of post, meaning that DeVante was the best #9 in the entire country.
*A panel of reporters covering every Power 5 conference nominated players for each number then voted on the best.*
For this year, the Cards got two players on the list, both of the defensive side of the ball.
Per Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the time and TV for what may be the most anticipated Louisville game ever has been set.
This will be the first time the Cards have kicked off on CBS since 1997 and outside of the rivalry weekends, the first SEC non-conference game on CBS since Alabama vs FSU in 2007 per @MattSmithCFB.
Tickets for the game on September 5th are still available at GoCards.com.
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.
Is it ever too early to have a college football poll? Probably, but that’s OK. It gives us something to talk about with 4 months to go before Louisville and Auburn kickoff in the Georgia Dome on September 5.
In ESPN’s too-early top 25, Mark Schlabach has the Cards ranked 25th. He has this to say…
One of the top quarterbacks in the country for the class of 2016 is Jawon Pass. He just announced his top 5 and it is Louisville, Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
If anyone has been tired of all of the back and forth with G.G. Robinson and his recruitment, it has been me. It got to the point where I was just ready for him to sign with Florida or Auburn. I didn’t even have a post ready for him yesterday to say that he had signed; I just didn’t think it would happen.
But now that he is officially a Louisville Cardinal, none of that matters now and we (or I) can move on. He is one of us now. In this article on GwinnettPrepSports.com, it is pretty clear that the Auburn Tigers did just about everything they could to get Robinson to flip his commitment and play his football on the Plains.
I have been saying all along that two guys I have just not been sold on are Sheldrick Redwine and GG Robinson. Read my earlier post about Redwine to see why. For Robinson, yes he did commit last night to Louisville for a second time. But until his National Letter of Intent is signed, I won’t buy it.
When former Georgia safety Tray Matthews was dismissed from the team a couple weeks ago, he tweeted that his next home would either be Louisville or Auburn. It looked really good that he would end up with the Cards with his former Bulldog teammates Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins. A few days passed, and then there were reports that Alabama and Florida were even in the mix for Matthews. There hasn’t been too much more on those two, so we will bring it back around to Louisville and Auburn…
I lived in Auburn for 4 years, from 2008-2012. I still keep in touch with friends down there. 99% of our conversations are about sports. If you have ever lived down that way, you know that Auburn football (or big-time SEC football) is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Everyone keeps up with football information, whether that be recruiting or just anything else with the team.
All week I debated on writing a post about how I expected Kevin Ware to leave UofL after this season. I decided not to because it was such a big week with the UofL-UK game. I didn’t want to put out something negative and take the focus off of the game. Now I don’t have to say what I think will happen, because ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Ware will in fact transfer.
Some people may think Ware will follow his friend Chane Behanan and go to Colorado State. I think the obvious school he goes to is Auburn. Bruce Pearl is the new coach for the Tigers and Ware was committed to Tennessee when Pearl was there. So that would be my guess.
There are some exciting games this week in college football. The great thing about Louisville playing a weeknight game (to me) is getting to enjoy watching other games all day Saturday. Teams in the Top 10 have some tough match-ups, highlighted by a pair of Top 5 teams squaring off. That surely gives Louisville the chance to make a move in the polls, but will a team jump ahead of the Cards? Here are the games to keep an eye on this weekend! (Once again, this is using the USA Today/Coaches Poll)
It was officially announced today that Louisville will face Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game for the 2015 season. The game will be on Saturday September 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets for the game will be split evenly between the two schools.
As some of you may know, I lived in Auburn, Alabama from August 2008-April 2012. So I was down there for the 2010 National Championship and got to see Michael Dyer live and in person. So I have been very excited about the possibility of Dyer joining the Cards. Others may have just seen his numbers and knew he was a good player, but being somewhere where football talk happens 24/7, 365 days a year, you get to know a lot about the players.
By Daryl Foust:
I wouldn’t say it was a ‘dire situation’ (pun intended) to add Michael Dyer to the Louisville roster this upcoming season. Louisville has just been voted the conference favorite to win the AAC for what I like to call a buffer year until we pack our bags in 2014. Don’t get me wrong, like Teddy said on ESPN First Take with Stephen A Smith, teams aren’t going to lay down for the Cards. But I think it is unanimous that the Sugar Bowl champs have a very weak schedule ahead of them until they head to the ACC, where we will call home for what I hope is a good while.
There has been a lot of chatter recently, but now it is finally official: Michael Dyer has joined the Louisville Cardinals! Dyer was the MVP of the 2011 BCS National Championship game for the Auburn Tigers when they defeated the Oregon Ducks 22-19. He rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries and had the most memorable play of the game when this happened to set up the game winning field goal.