It has been made official and #CardNation has got their wish! On December 28th the Cards will play the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletics Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl for 6:45pm and will follow the annual Battle for the Bluegrass that will tip at 4:00pm.
The Canes will come in with a 9-3 record looking for their 10th win on the season. The Cards will bring in a 11-1 record for the 2nd time in school history and arguably one of the best Defenses to ever put on the Red and White.
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After the Cards win Thursday we found out they would be accepting a bid to the Russell Athletics Bowl in Orlando Florida. This is where the real question comes in: When the Cards line up in Orlando who will be on the other side of the ball? There are 3 realistic expectations here so lets take a look:
It is finally official: the Louisville Cardinals will play in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, FL on December 28. For the last few weeks, it had been the likely destination unless UCF were to slip up. The more they escaped their close games, the more likely that Orlando looked like the spot for the Cards to land.
This game will pit the Cards against an opponent from the ACC, but we do not know who just yet. The reps for the Russell Athletic Bowl have loved the Cards all season. They were at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium when UCF upset Louisville, and they left the stadium happy that night because they knew that they would have a shot at getting Teddy Bridgewater and the Florida-heavy roster (and alumni) of Louisville down to it’s bowl game.
Kickoff for this game is at 6:45 p.m. ET. December 28 is also the day of the Louisville-Kentucky men’s basketball game in Lexington. That game will tip at 4:00 p.m. ET. So that means it should end sometime around 6-6:15. Then you have just a little bit of time to digest that game and get ready for a bowl game. Regardless of the outcomes, December 28th will be an entertaining day for sure!
(19/16) Louisville (10-1, 6-1) @ (NR/23) Cincinnati (9-2, 6-1)
Date: Thursday December 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung)
Location: Cincinnati, OH (Nippert Stadium)
Capacity: 35,000 (Field-turf)
All-time Series: Cincinnati leads 29-22-1
A source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that if the Cards beat Cincinnati tonight, they will receive an invite from the Russell Athletic Bowl. That game will be played in Orlando, FL on December 28 against an ACC team. If you don’t already know, that is the same date that UofL and UK will square off in men’s basketball in Lexington.
The basketball game will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. ET and the Russell Athletic Bowl is schedule to kickoff around 6:30-6:45 p.m. ET. So it would likely end up being back-to-back action for Cards fans.
The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place bowl games for the AAC are all on December 28, so we will have some sort of conflict regardless. The Russell Athletic Bowl is going to be the best option because of opponent, location, and time of day. Even if Cincinnati does beat Louisville, I am confident that the Cards still end up in Orlando on December 28. The combination of Teddy Bridgewater, a team that has been top 10-20 all season long, and the strong UofL alumni-base in Florida will likely make the Cards too hard to pass up for the Russell Athletic Bowl.
I began to type this post, and had to delete the first paragraph and start over. I was opening the post with negativity and talking about what I expect the stadium to be like on Saturday afternoon. But that will do no good and make no difference. No need to be negative. I will just talk about why Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium should be FULL on Saturday afternoon.
And let me go ahead and get these excuses out on the table for everyone (all of these are in a whiny voice):
It may be Boom time in Basketball but in Football season it’s TrainHorn time. Today the Cards recruiting train kept rolling as the cards picked up a commitment from 6’7 272 pound OT Lukayus McNeil. The pick up is crucial for the Cards Offensive line. Lukayus picked the Cards over Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Michigan State among a host of others. Lukayus is another multi-sport phenom as he plays basketball and even won the Indiana State Championship in shot put his Senior year. The crystal Ball Forecasts were way off on this one having Mich St at 72%, IU at 20% and UL at 8%.
Since ESPN Classic decided to air the 2007 game between Louisville and UConn today, people have taken to social media to bring up UConn’s infamous “fair catch” from that game that was returned for a touchdown. That turned a 7-0 game into 7-7 and gave the Huskies all of the momentum, and they would go on to win the game 21-17.
Tonight at 8:30 pm ET, the 20th ranked Louisville Cardinals (7-1, 3-1) will take on the UConn Huskies (0-7, 0-3). At last check, Louisville is a 28 point favorite in this game, and does not figure to be tested by the offensive-challenged Huskies. Both teams are coming off bye weeks, with Louisville’s last game being a 34-3 win over South Florida, and UConn’s last game being a 62-17 loss to UCF.
UConn made some significant changes after starting this season 0-4. They fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni and offensive coordinator T.J. Weist was named interim coach for the rest of the season. Weist is in his first full season at UConn. He played wide receiver at Alabama from 1985-87 and has been in the coaching profession ever since, most recently as wide receivers coach at Cincinnati.
On Monday night, running back Justin Crawford became the 2nd commit for Charlie Strong’s 2015 class at Louisville. Crawford is from Columbus, Georgia and also has offers from Georgia and Boston College. Auburn was also showing interest in Crawford. Columbus, Georgia is about 30 minutes or so from Auburn, so to get a commit from there, and also take someone away from the Georgia Bulldogs, is a pretty big deal.
Crawford joins QB Ross Trail from Olive Branch, Mississippi as the commits to start the 2015 class for the Cards.