Andrea Adelson published her way-too-early 2016 ACC football rankings on ESPN.com. To no surprise, Clemson and Florida State still top the list, with Louisville right behind them. The Cards return a lot of talent and should be good, but we can’t act like those two teams are suddenly going to fall off. 2016 should be a fun year for sure. Here is what she had to say about the top 3 teams.
I am going to enjoy the heck out of typing this post about college football. By the way, is this the WORST time ever as a Louisville fan to have a bye week in football? Either way, there are some important games that Cards fans can keep up with tomorrow that could have a lot of say in the ACC race, which Louisville is still in by the way.
BOBBY PETRINO: Well, we’re coming off a tough loss at home against Clemson, a very good football team where our players competed extremely hard and got into position in the fourth quarter where we had an opportunity to win the game and just weren’t able to do it. We had a good practice yesterday, and our guys are working hard, and we’re anxious to get back on the field and play another game on Saturday.
Q. Kyle Bolin and Lamar Jackson you’ve used in the last couple of games on kind of that quarterback carousel, seeing which one is going to get things going. How do you look at it going forward with these two guys and what you’ve seen so far? Is it a two-quarterback system? Does one guy kind of show more than the other at this point?
There are so many story lines from Thursday night’s Clemson game. There have been big moments in all three games for the Louisville Cardinals this season. This post is not about second guessing play calls, timeouts, or anything else. This isn’t a post to say how the Cards have lost all three games by a combined 13 points, so things could easily be much different. We all know that. There are other posts designed for that information. This post is to simply pose the question:
Didn’t we sign up for football schedules like this?
Transcript of Bobby Petrino’s comments:
A new tradition has started this season. The Red Rage Tailgate and Cardinal Sports Zone are awarding a trophy at each home game to what we see as the Tailgate of the Week. When this idea started, it was assumed that it would go to a UofL tailgate every single time, no questions asked.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. tonight between the Louisville Cardinals and the Clemson Tigers. The home fans are encouraged to wear black. The team will be wearing black uniforms. The atmosphere in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium should be electric. It’s Thursday night, and Louisville fans seem to get way more jacked up for these games than any other games.
By the time the game ends around 11:00 or so, this season will look completely different than it does when the game kicks off tonight. With a win, the Cards are 1-0 in the ACC and would have just beaten the preseason conference favorite. They would now be in the driver’s seat in the division, and an ACC Championship is absolutely within grasp. A loss drops this team to 0-3, with over a week until the next game for every player, coach, and decision to be second guessed by every “coach” in social media land. So what is on the line tonight? The driver’s seat in the ACC, or 0-3. This truly is a fork in the road for the season.
I must admit that I do love Clemson’s youtube channel. So many videos of players and coaches during the week talking about the next game. A lot of great access. Maybe we will get there one day. Here are some videos to help you pass the time until 7:30 on Thursday night!
DABO SWINNEY: We’re looking forward to traveling up to Louisville here in just a little while today, and excited about having the opportunity to play on Thursday night. Louisville has got an excellent football team loaded with good personnel, and for us, this is our first road trip with a bunch of young guys, so anxious to see how they play and how they respond to that challenge. As far as our health of our team, I think we’re in pretty good shape. We did lose Ryan Norton for this game, but hopefully Jay Guillermo will step in and do a great job for us. But we’ve got a lot of respect for Louisville. This is a game last year that went down to literally the last play, and don’t expect it to be any different this week. They present a lot of challenges on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game, and obviously they’re well-coached, and then this is the first ACC game division game for us. Both of us have the same goals and that’s to win this division so we have a chance to compete for this conference. So big game tomorrow night, and looking forward to seeing our team compete and play.
Q. The relationship between quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Charone Peake, just obviously what you can say last game, they showed that, but what you’ve seen from them as they’ve grown together on the team?
BOBBY PETRINO: We’re working hard on our preparation for Clemson. It’s been a short week, so we came in and practiced Sunday night, had a good practice there. Our players have had a very good attitude and worked extremely hard, came back and practiced physical on Monday, and then yesterday was a Thursday for us. So with the short week of preparation, I’ve been happy with our attitude and our work ethic. We know we’re facing a very, very good football team, and it’s going to be a big challenge for us.
Q. Starting off 0-2 in 2015, obviously the games have been close. Now when you look back on film and you’ve had some time to kind of digest the two, what are some of the biggest takeaways you have right now on some of those key areas that you want to try and minimize those issues?
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday evening after practice to talk about Thursday’s game against Clemson. He recaps the Houston game a little bit, talks about the quarterback situation, the disappointment of the defense, and more.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney previewed the Cards in his weekly press conference. A lot of good stuff here. He talks about how the 0-2 record for Louisville doesn’t matter, how his team is excited for a big road game, the height of the receivers for the Cards, and much more.
I don’t need a video to get hyped for this Thursday’s game…but this certainly doesn’t hurt either. Still don’t know how James Quick got caught. *sigh*
It doesn’t matter how many times you hear it or tell people, there will always be some that don’t know. Hopefully this reaches a few of those people. This Thursday’s game against Clemson is, in fact, a blackout. What does that mean? The team will be wearing black, and you should be too. Just do it. It looks cool when everybody does it. If you don’t, you aren’t that rebel or funny person that doesn’t. You are the one that everybody points at as the guy (or gal) that ruined it or somehow just didn’t know. So spread the word…blackout Thursday!
This week on 55………..
We talk the downs and downs of Louisville Football so far. We talk LiveWith55 and the Cardinal Sports Zone with your host Steve Rummage (He makes me say that). We talk Black out game this week in what may be a must win? We will see. We go over all of the sports UofL has to offer in TWICA. Does Mike Rutherford make a photo appearance this week? Probably or I wouldn’t have teased it.
Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..
-I am still in love with the new logo. Got shirts made with them on it too! Shout out to Ray Calhoun for the connect!
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:
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.
The good people with the Red Rage Tailgate, who you should definitely try to find this year and tailgate with at least once, have gotten one over on some Clemson fans. When the new uniforms were released for UofL, and the crazy cardinal bird that just came out of pet cemetery was on there, the Red Rage had a little fun with photoshop.