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College Football’s Week 2 games for the Top 10


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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.

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College Football’s Week 1 games for the top 10


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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.

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Sugar Bowl Champions shirt for…Florida?


By Justin Renck:

I am aware that these shirts are made up for both teams going into a big game, and that the shirts of the losing team usually get sent overseas to underprivileged people. But of course this had to be shared!

By the way, Louisville beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl! Just thought you may want to read that sentence. :-)

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Sugar Bowl highlights from @CrumsRevenge!


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This is the highlight video from the game from the great @CrumsRevenge from CardsandCats.com. There is another video coming soon, but this one is flat out awesome! Make sure you are following him and @UofLSheriff50 on twitter! Go Cards!

 

ESPN’s Sugar Bowl highlights


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The Sugar Bowl coverage just can not be done yet. Here are the ESPN highlights, followed by post-game comments from Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater!

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Sugar Bowl Preview: Comparing the Running Backs


By Justin Renck and Steven Rummage:

In this Sugar Bowl position preview, we compare the Running Backs for the Louisville Cardinals and Florida Gators.

If you missed it, here is our previous position breakdown:

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Gator fans still talking smack!


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By Justin Renck:

I posted something like this about a week ago with Florida fans running their mouth (or keyboards) about the Cards and the Sugar Bowl. So I had to check back and see what they were saying now. Yep, still disrespecting!

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UofL Alumni events in New Orleans!


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Here is a list of all of the UofL Alumni events taking place in New Orleans. All of this info came from the UofL Alumni website.

Sugar Bowl Preview: Comparing the QBs


By Justin Renck:

In this Sugar Bowl position preview, we compare the Quarterbacks for the Louisville Cardinals and Florida Gators. Our focus will be on the starters, Teddy Bridgewater and Jeff Driskel. Be sure to check out the videos at the bottom of the post too!  Read the rest of this entry

Mark Schlabach (ESPN) gives his Sugar Bowl prediction


From ESPN.com:

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No. 21 Louisville vs. No. 3 Florida, Jan. 2 (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Why to watch: The Gators came within one victory of playing for an SEC championship and potentially a BCS national title. The Cardinals are coached by former Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, who helped UF win two BCS national championships.

Who to watch: Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed his toughness by playing with a broken left wrist on his nonthrowing hand in the Cardinals’ 20-17 victory at Rutgers on Nov. 29, which punched their ticket to the Sugar Bowl. Bridgewater completed 69 percent of his passes this season for 3,452 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Motivation for Louisville: The Cardinals can earn a lot of respect for the beleaguered Big East by upsetting a top team from the SEC.

Motivation for Florida: The Gators won 11 games in coach Will Muschamp’s second season and might be able to finish No. 2 in the final polls with another victory.

Pick: Florida 42, Louisville 17

Florida fans disrespecting the Cards


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By Justin Renck:

I was doing some browsing on Florida’s message boards and came across these comments from their fans. They really have no respect for the Cards! These came from their Scout.com website. They mention that Teddy will take a beating, and that this will be a boring game!

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Chandler Parsons and Blake Griffin take jabs at Louisville


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When the Sugar Bowl matchup was announced between Louisville and Florida, of course people were going to take to twitter with how they felt about it. It appears that Blake Griffin and former Florida Gator basketball player Chandler Parsons just flat out disrespect the Cards.

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Sugar Bowl- Bowl Central


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Here is the link on UofL’s website with all of the information you need about the Sugar Bowl. Tickets, fan events, Superdome info, and travel packages to New Orleans.

http://www.gocards.com/bowlcentral/12-lou-bowl-index.html

Cards to Sugar Bowl???


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By Justin Renck:

Sports Illustrated senior writer Pete Thamel tweeted this “BREAKING: Northern Illinois vs Florida State is official in the Orange Bowl, according to a source.”

If true, that likely means what a lot of people have been wanting to hear. The Cards should be in the Sugar Bowl, and probably against the Florida Gators! There are plenty of story lines here!

The official BCS Selection Show is at 8:30 pm tonight on ESPN. That is when it will be 100% official, but it certainly looks that way!

USA Today’s final BCS projections


USA Today released their final BCS projections. Of course the official announcements happen tonight, but it is always fun to speculate. Here is what they had to say about the Cards…

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Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville

Since the Sugar Bowl can’t get Alabama, the SEC champs, it’ll opt for the next-best thing in 11-1 Florida. The Gators will face Louisville, so we’ll get to see former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong go up against his former team.

You can see the rest of their projections on their website.

Louisville’s BCS scenarios


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By Justin Renck:

This is a great “problem” to have. Orange Bowl or Sugar Bowl? Those are the 2 most likely destinations for the Louisville Cardinals after last night’s incredible win at Rutgers. And of all teams to decide where we probably end up, it will be Kent State. The same Kent State team that lost to Kentucky 47-14! That was their only loss of the season, and now their game tonight against Northern Illinois will determine where the Cards end up. Let me explain…

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Layup Lines: UofL vs Florida


  

We are just a few hours away from tip-off, and the excitement is evident amongst Cards fans. A win over Florida, and UofL advances to the Final Four! We are so close that we can feel it. However, it will not be easy.

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