The first USA Today Amway Coaches Poll was released on Thursday afternoon. Not much surprise near the top as Florida State is the top ranked team. The Louisville Cardinals are 11th under “Others Receiving Votes,” essentially meaning they are ranked 36th in this poll. The Miami Hurricanes are two spots ahead of the Cards.
Three of UofL’s opponents are ranked: Florida State (1), Clemson (16), and Notre Dame (17). In previous seasons, it has been good to just find one ranked opponent on the schedule. That won’t be a problem this season!
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
In preparation for today’s ACC Celebration event at Fourth Street Live!, the mascots from around the ACC got into town yesterday. Needless to say, they were busy and looked like they had a lot of fun. I think this should happen more often.
It is finally here! July 1, 2014. The University of Louisville is an official member of the Atlantic Coast Conference! Not the Big East. Not the American Athletic Conference. This is the ACC! Back in November of 2012, it was announced that this move would happen. The date seemed so far away. We would have to endure a season in the American Athletic Conference, but we did it. The schedules were less than stellar, but we made it. Now we enter a whole new ballpark.
In basketball, Louisville joins what could possibly be the best basketball conference ever assembled. The Big East had some awesome years and was consistently the best basketball conference. This version of the ACC could be even better. With Louisville, you will also have Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Virginia, and more.
Athlon released their predictions for the conference finishes earlier in June, and here is what they predicted for the ACC in 2014. They have the Cards finishing 3rd in the Atlantic Division with a record of 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the ACC. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a solid first year in the ACC to me.
2014 ACC Predictions
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)
Here is the latest Coaches poll released by USA Today:
(3) Ohio State
(5) Florida State
(7) Texas A&M
(9) South Carolina
(11) Miami (Fla.)
(15) Texas Tech
(17) Oklahoma State
(19) Fresno State
(20) Va. Tech
(23) Northern Illinois
Here are the latest rankings from the Associated Press:
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Nothing official from the AP or USA Today guys but here’s where I see the top 10 rounding out today. First I do see some positive movement for the Cards this week as Stanford and Georgia fell yesterday. I also don’t see A&M jumping us after struggling with 3-3 Ole Miss last night. As I told you guys a few weeks ago, all we need is for one team to fall every week to have a shot at the title game. Yesterday we got 3 with OU falling who had the potential to jump us if they kept winning. LSU & A&M are the lone teams remaining who can jump us with wins in my opinion. Here’s how I think the polls will shake out:
This is the kind of chaos that the Louisville Cardinals need if there is going to be any improvement in their ranking from here on out. Without much competition on the schedule, and with what some would call a “missed opportunity” on Thursday against Rutgers (I agree to an extent), other top teams have to lose for the Cards to move up in the polls. We have been hoping for it every week but it hasn’t seemed to happen. Finally on this Saturday in October, in week 7 of the college football season, 3 teams in the Top 10 of the USA Today/Coaches Poll went down in defeat. The Cards entered this week ranked 8th.
After starting the season ranked 9th in the country and climbing up to 6th, the Cards have kind of hit a stand-still around the 7th spot in the polls. With the lack of quality opponents combined with some of the top teams playing good competition, it has become increasingly difficult for the Louisville Cardinals to continue to climb up the rankings. But just as I have done every week so far, I will give you the schedule for the Top 10 teams so you know who to cheer for and so you can see what teams have legit chances of falling so the Cards can move up. As always, I will use the USA Today/Coaches poll since that factors into the BCS rankings. Here you go…
Here we are approaching week six of the NCAA Football season and the Cards have moved just two spots despite 4 teams ahead of us falling (LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas A&M). As a fan, it is discerning to feel like no matter what we do that it seems like we are just running in place. Got me thinking though, what exactly needs to happen for us to make the BCS Title game in Pasadena? I started looking at the schedules of the teams above and the ones who may jump us. Here is the blueprint to our title hopes.
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The Cards began the season ranked 9th in the country and had been gaining 1 spot each week so far, climbing up to 6th place last week in the USA Today/Coaches poll, which figures into the BCS rankings. After the 72-0 blowout against FIU, Louisville actually dropped a spot to #7 as LSU took the 6th spot after they beat Auburn. There is not much of a gap between LSU and Louisville in the rankings when it comes to points, but there also is not much between Louisville and 8th ranked Florida State. Let’s take a look at who the top 10 teams play this week so you can see who you need to be cheering for.
Three weeks down, three spots gained for the Louisville Cardinals. Starting the season ranked 9th in the country, the Cards now find themselves ranked 6th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, which is the poll that figures into the BCS formula. As I have been doing each week so far, I am going to show you the schedule for the teams in the top 10, just so you know what the chances are of a top team falling and the Cards moving up once again. Let’s take a look.
Two weeks down, two spots gained in the polls for the Cards so far. Starting the season ranked 9th, Louisville has climbed up to 7th after losses by Georgia and then South Carolina (thanks to Georgia). So what are the chances that the Cards move up another spot with a win in Lexington? Pretty good if you ask me. Let’s take a look. (Using the USA Today poll since that counts in the BCS formula)
With Georgia’s loss to Clemson in Week 1, the Cards jumped up 1 spot in both polls to #8. I must say I expected Georgia to be dropped to 8th and for Louisville to be stuck at 9. But I think since we not only won, but looked good doing it, that helped us get over the schedule hump for this week. Georgia actually dropped all the way to 12th in the USA Today poll after impressive performances by LSU and Florida State.
So if the Cards win this week against Eastern Kentucky, will they climb another spot? Let’s take a look at who the rest of the Top 10 have this week.
As we all know, if the Louisville Cardinals have any shot at the prestigious National Championship game, they will obviously have to go 12-0 and have teams in front of them lose a game or two. So with the Cards starting the season ranked 9th, I am going to take a look at the schedule for week 1 for teams in the top 10, just so you know what games to keep an eye on this weekend. I am using the USA Today Poll since that is the one that matters in the BCS formula.
By looking at the title, you may be saying “Come on Justin, 1 game at a time. We can’t worry about a possible National Title game right now.” For the players and coaches? Absolutely, they should take that approach. As fans? We can look ahead as much as we want to. A lot of us may think we are out there playing and we shouldn’t look past anyone, but does it matter at all how far down the road WE look? Nah. So let’s examine this possible path together, shall we?
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.