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…
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:
This is news that was announced yesterday, but some people may have not heard it yet. Normally, the kickoff time for Louisville vs Kentucky football would have been announced yesterday. However, ESPN has put the game on a “six-day hold” before deciding on a time.
Louisville football will travel to South Bend on November 22 to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This game is one CardNation has had circled since it was announced a little over a year ago (which shows by the 400 dollar South Bend hotels). Why you ask? Well:
2. Touchdown Jesus
3. At approximately 4 hours, it is a fairly easy trip
4. And last but not least, we just flat out do not like them (see last 7 years of basketball)
With all that being said, November 22nd is sure to be an incredible atmosphere and there is only one thing that could make it even better……..College Gameday!
As it stands right now, outside of this game, the College Football landscape looks quite bland that weekend. The other top 25 games that week are as follows:
2015 Louisville commit Dahu Green had the #1 play on SportsCenter’s top 10 today with his incredible one handed catch. After LJ Scott’s leaping touchdown last year this will be the second year in a row a Louisville commit has had the #1 play on the top 10. Green will be a play maker for Petrino and this isn’t the last time he will leave us amazed.
In this week’s edition of The Stemmys we touch on recruiting, Louisville Football and fantasy football!
The “Who’d you say can’t recruit?!” Award: Bobby Petrino
All we have heard is how Bobby isn’t getting it done on the recruiting trail. Well he shut that door this week with an emphatic SLAM!! Just this week alone Petrino landed former 4 star All-American WR Paul Harris and went into Bama country to steal 4 star LB Amonte Caban. The Cards now have the #27 class according to Rivals.com. Still say Bobby can’t recruit……….I’ll wait.
The Next Level Moment Award: Jeff Walz landing Asia Durr
This week Louisville Womens Basketball Coach Jeff Walz took the next step to winning a National Title when he landed the Nations #1 player Asia Durr. Walz has had some very talented teams while at Louisville but always seemed to be missing that one piece. Now Walz has that piece and the #1 recruiting class in the Nation. Ah I can see the Banner now.
David Hale of ESPN.com was asked to make some fearless predictions this week. He came up with his top 10 for the ACC. To many outside of Louisville, Will Gardner will be a shock and an absolute treat to watch. His full story can be seen here. Here’s my fearless prediction for Will, 3500 yards passing. It would put him in 6th place all-time for a single season right behind my old teammate Chris Redman’s Sr campaign of 3,647. That’s about as fearless as I can get this season. It also may be due to the fact we are so close to football I can taste it and am being really generous. On that note Dom Brown will rush for 2000 yards and Lozo will have 21 sacks. OK…I have calmed down a little but I will stick with my Gardner prediction. Gardner will be magnificent this year. I Can’t wait to utter the words…The Gardner did it!
Bobby Petrino and 6 other ACC coaches will appear on ESPN today and go through what they call the “car wash.” Basically that means they will appear on nearly every show ESPN has to offer, from SportsCenter to their talk radio shows.
Petrino will be on SportsCenter at 10:20 and 11:20 a.m. ET this morning. Other coaches there today are Jimbo Fisher (FSU), Larry Fedora (UNC), Paul Johnson (Georgia Tech), Mike London (Virginia), Paul Chryst (Pittsburgh), and Scott Shafer (Syracuse).
ESPN’s Football Power Index, which you can read about here, projects the Louisville Cardinals to have an average season in 2014. They say the Cards will go 7-5. Sure, it’s a winning record, but looking at the schedule, I would think that 7-5 would be viewed as a disappointment among most Louisville fans.
Here is what they say about the Cards:
There is no doubt the Cards will be a serious threat to make it to Indianapolis this season and most of that confidence comes from their ability to play defense. ESPN’s Dana O’Neil says the Cardinals will be one of the best defensive teams in the nation this season along with Arizona and Virginia.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman interviewed “NBA Personnel” on which College coaches they believe prepare players the best for then NBA and our own Coach Pitino’s name was on that list. Now it isn’t shocking at all to see Rick’s name show up on that list but what may be surprising to our pals to the east is who he is ahead of. Pitino came in at #9 just ahead of John Calipari at #10.
1. Billy Donovan (Florida)
2. Ben Howland
3. John Beilein (Michigan)
4. Tom Izzo (Michigan State)
5. Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State)
6. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
7. Bill Self (Kansas)
8. Buzz Williams (Virginia Tech)
9. Rick Pitino (Louisville)
10. John Calipari (Kentucky)
11. Sean Miller (Arizona)
12. Tony Bennett (Virginia)
Also to no one’s surprise at #1 is the Rick Pitino disciple Billy Donovan. Look are we saying Pitino is a better coach than Cal???………Well yea that’s pretty much what I am saying. So come on with the head to head record all you want but at the end of the day Rick Pitino not only makes his guys better players but better men and I will take that any day of the week. #L1C4
Sounds like ESPN Draft Insider is finding out what we all already knew……Russ Smith is good. Last year Russ was a possible late first rounder but chose to come back and work on the things the NBA told him he needed to improve on. Not only did Russ work on those things but he got noticeably better at EVERY thing, yet somehow began slipping down the draft boards as the season went on. Now at the pre draft workouts coaches and GM’s are getting an up close look at just how quick Russ really is and apparently they like what they see. Chad Ford wrote the following in his recent “Draft Rumors”:
Louisville’s Russ Smith is riding on a high since being one of the lone standouts in a two-day league-wide workout the NBA scheduled in L.A. right after the draft lottery.
He’s since gone on to work out with the Celtics, Suns, Thunder and Heat and seems to be moving into the discussion as a possible late first-round pick.
“Everyone knows Russ is one of the quickest players in this draft and he can obviously put the ball in the basket,” one GM said. “But I think he’s been showing off that when he wants to be, he can be a guy who can really play point guard. He seems like a perfect change-of-pace guard who can score and speed
Where Russ will end up is unknown but I, like many, have no doubt Russ Smith will be a name we will hear much more about in the coming years.
The Draft is Thursday June 26th on ESPN.
Teddy Bridgewater was all over the ESPN studios on Thursday afternoon. Here is his full interview on SportsCenter.
This morning an e-mail when out that said there would be a “significant announcement” that would affect all 23 sports at UofL. The press conference is scheduled at 2:00. This got the whole twitter world talking about what it could be. The natural idea was that it was about Louisville either staying with Adidas or some people thought they may be making the switch to Nike. This seemed weird since there was an Adidas rep on campus and tweeting out pictures of how he was excited to be around the football team and the campus. But people just had their own hopes I guess.
ESPN is reporting that Louisville has signed a 5-year, $40 million shoe and apparel deal to stay with Adidas.
Teddy Bridgewater’s episode of “Gruden’s QB Camp” on ESPN will debut this Saturday morning. Here is the full schedule of when it will air across the networks. There are 18 chances to watch it. So yes, I expect you to see it all 18 times. Do it!
Enjoy this preview…
ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson was recently in Louisville to take in spring practice and talk to head coach Bobby Petrino. In her article, she talks about how different things are now with Petrino and staff back in charge. At the bottom of this post, there is a link to the original post on ESPN.com that also has the video interview with Petrino. Here is some of Adelson’s article…
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It is hard to miss the giant poster of Teddy Bridgewater hanging in the lobby of the Louisville football complex, celebrating the Cardinals’ momentous win over Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl two years ago.
Bridgewater’s rise was concurrent to the football program’s latest ascent to national prominence, but the truth is he was the most notable player on a defensive-minded football team led by a defensive-minded coach who stressed a physical, ball-control style of football that did not always showcase its talented quarterback.
ESPN’s Myron Metcalf wrote his 10 Bold Predictions for the Sweet Sixteen. Here’s what he had to say about the Cards:
1. Louisville over Kentucky by double digits. The Friday matchup between Louisville and Kentucky will be poetic, really. Two of the top three teams in The Associated Press’ preseason poll stumbled at times during the regular season. Louisville regained its mojo in the final weeks, but Kentucky fell short of lofty expectations all season. John Calipari’s fleet of NBA prospects have since risen in the NCAA tournament. The world-beaters who removed Kansas State and top seed Wichita State from the tourney have looked like they could beat anyone in the field. But the fun will end in Indianapolis. I wasn’t impressed by Louisville’s opening weekend (wins over Manhattan and Saint Louis), but I believe that the Cardinals recognize they had more to give in both games. And they’ll prove it with a double-digit win over Kentucky. More experience. More balance. Rick Pitino’s 11-0 record in the Sweet 16. (Calipari is 5-1 against Louisville since arriving at Kentucky, though.) This game won’t live up to the hype. Russ Smith & Co. will pressure the young Wildcats for 40 minutes and avenge an earlier loss against Kentucky.
9. The Vols will go down swinging against Louisville in an Elite Eight thriller. Tennessee won’t leave Indianapolis quietly. Although the Vols won’t have enough to upset Louisville and earn a slot in the Final Four, this will be a tough matchup for Pitino’s squad. The Cardinals will need a late comeback to secure their third consecutive trip to the Final Four and a chance to defend their title.
See everyone isn’t drinking the blue kool aid. I think it’s going to be a fun weekend!
This is an interesting perspective. If you get motion sickness, this may not be the best video for you. But by the looks and sounds of it, Teddy does his job here.
More behind the scenes of Teddy working on the whiteboard.