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ACC Football Schedule and Standings: Week 8

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The Cards are off this Saturday because of their game next Thursday against Florida State. There are still some other good games this weekend to pay attention to in the ACC division races. The Coastal is obviously all jumbled up as 1 game separates all 7 teams. Boston College needs to get back to their winning ways, so hosting Wake Forest should help that. Can Virginia get back on track against UNC and show that the first half of the season wasn’t a fluke?

And it will be good to see if Clemson can go on the road and play in a loud environment…

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ACC Football Schedule and Standings: Week 8

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Week 8 for the ACC got started on Thursday night as Pittsburgh beat Virginia Tech 21-16 in a Coastal matchup. Obviously, the biggest game involving an ACC team is not a conference game, and that is Florida State vs Notre Dame. Other than that, there are still some good games that should put some separation between teams in the conference. Here is the schedule, followed by the standings.

Thursday

Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-1) def Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) 21-16.

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ACC Football Schedule and Standings: Week 7

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Here is the schedule of games today in the ACC. Obviously, Louisville at Clemson is the game of the week, but there are some other good games as well.

Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) vs (1) Florida State (5-0, 3-0)   12:00   ESPN

Miami (3-3, 1-2) vs Cincinnati (2-2, 0-1)   12:00   GamePlan/ESPN3

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ACC Football Schedule: Week 6

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Week 6 is full of ACC Conference games, so things will be exciting today. Duke and Boston College both have a bye, but everyone else plays and they are all conference games. Louisville got the week started with their 28-6 win over Syracuse on Friday night. Here is the schedule of games for this week, along with the standings.

Friday

Louisville (5-1, 3-1) def Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) 28-6

Saturday

North Carolina (2-2, 0-1) vs Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1)   12:30   GamePlan/ESPN3

Clemson (2-2, 1-1) vs NC State (4-1, 0-1)   3:30   ESPNU

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ACC Football Schedule: Week 4

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Listed below is the schedule of college football games for ACC teams in Week 4. The highlight of the day is clearly (1) Florida State vs (22) Clemson tonight. If you haven’t heard, quarterback Jameis Winston will not play at all in the game. There are some other big non-conference games that would be big wins for the ACC as Miami plays (24) Nebraska, Virginia faces (21) BYU, and Pittsburgh plays Iowa.

Right now, the only ACC teams that are ranked are Florida State and Clemson. However, there are 7 ACC teams that are on the “others receiving votes” part of the rankings. So this is a big week for the conference when it comes to national perception.

  • Others receiving votes: North Carolina 82, Duke 55, Mississippi State 55, Virginia Tech 54, Penn State 51, East Carolina 44, TCU 42, Pittsburgh 40, Florida 31, Marshall 28, Boston College 22, West Virginia 14, Washington 14, Cincinnati 10, Virginia 6, Arkansas 3, Arizona 3, North Dakota State 3, Louisville 2

Virginia Tech (2-1) vs Georgia Tech (3-0)   12:00   ESPN

Pittsburgh (3-0) vs Iowa (2-1)   12:00   ESPNU

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ACC Football Schedule: Week 2

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There aren’t too many exciting games (on paper) in the ACC today, or in college football for that matter. There are a couple of ranked games around the country, but honestly, it’s college football. So of course it’s still exciting! The ACC should have a pretty good day today, and carrying the flag for the conference will be Virginia Tech as they try to take down Ohio State.

There are some other games of interest to me. I’d like to see Virginia have a win since we play them next week. After the performance last week, Wake Forest needs a win anytime they can get one, so hopefully today is it for them. Troy usually has a good team, so Duke could be challenged. I would like to see Miami have a dominant game, anything to make our win look even better! San Diego State is usually a solid program, so North Carolina could have a decent game on their hands. Then obviously the big one with Virginia Tech and Ohio State. I guess you could say I am very wrapped up in this whole ACC thing. College football is fun. Oh, and Go Cards!

Here is the full schedule of games for the ACC. It looks like it is ESPN3 day for the conference.

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ESPN.com Names Their Top 25 ACC Football Players

Photo: Melina Vastola, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Melina Vastola, USA TODAY Sports

This whole ACC thing is just awesome. Checking out the blog for where Louisville plays now and seeing other teams like Florida State, Clemson, and Miami, it’s just great! Now a moment of silence for our former friends/foes Cincinnati and UConn who are still stuck in a conference with East Carolina, Temple, Tulane, and SMU…..Whew!

Over the last few days, the ACC bloggers for ESPN.com have been counting down their top 25 football players in the ACC for the upcoming season. DeVante Parker made the list as the only representative of the Louisville Cardinals. Think Florida State is expected to be good this season? They have 10 of the 25 spots taken. Here is how they ranked their top 25 players…

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First USA Today Coaches Poll Released; Cards Unranked

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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!

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Video: Jameis Winston at ACC Kickoff

AP Photo/Chuck Burton

AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Maybe I am just extra giddy about the fact that Louisville is in the ACC, but I am loving all the coverage from ACC Kickoff (media day). In the past, I have usually just said that I am a Louisville fan and that I really don’t care about the rest of our conference. Even in years when we needed the other teams to win games to get respect for the league, which is nearly every year. But now that isn’t the case. We are finally in a great league. And for the time being, and this will probably last a long time, I am a fan of the conference.

In saying that, yes this is a Louisville blog, and yes we start the season with Miami. So why would I post some random stuff about Jameis Winston? Because honestly, if there was a face of an entire conference, it’s him. Heisman Trophy winner, National Champion, and great with the media. Like him or not, this guy is the face of the ACC heading into this season.

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Predicted 2014 ACC Football Standings

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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…

Atlantic

1) Florida State

2) Louisville

3) Clemson

4) Syracuse

5) North Carolina State

6) Boston College

7) Wake Forest

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ACC Mascots invade Louisville

Photo: courierjournal.com

Photo: courierjournal.com

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.

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It’s July 1: The Louisville Cardinals are in the ACC!

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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.

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Athlon Predicts Louisville to go 8-4 in 2014

Photo: AP/Alex Menendez

Photo: AP/Alex Menendez

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

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Half of 2014 football schedule is set

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Photo: cardinalsportszone.com

Some of the most exciting announcements made during the summer are the kickoff times for Louisville football games. Anything involving football has added excitement this season because of the ACC. Things get started right away with the season opener against Miami. I don’t remember Louisville ever playing a team with such history and prestige in the season opener, especially during the even years.

So far, three of the Cards’ six home games have been set. Good news is, none are at noon. Even better news, one of those games is Murray State. So even that game is in the evening. Enough with the chit chat. Here is one half of the 2014 Louisville Cardinals football schedule!

Monday September 1 (Labor Day) vs Miami   8:00 p.m.   ESPN

Saturday September 6 vs Murray State   7:00 p.m.   ESPN3.com

Saturday September 13 @ Virginia   12:30 p.m.   ACC Network

Friday October 3 @ Syracuse   7:00 p.m.   ESPN

Thursday October 30 vs Florida State   7:30 p.m.   ESPN

Saturday November 22 @ Notre Dame   3:30 p.m.   NBC

College Football’s Top 10 games (week 8)

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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)

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USA Today Coaches Poll 10-13-13

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Here is the latest Coaches poll released by USA Today:

(1) Alabama
(2) Oregon
(3) Ohio State
(4) Clemson
(5) Florida State
(6) Louisville
(7) Texas A&M
(8) LSU
(9) South Carolina
(10) UCLA
(11) Miami (Fla.)
(12) Baylor
(13) Stanford
(14) Missouri
(15) Texas Tech
(16) Georgia
(17) Oklahoma State
(18) Oklahoma
(19) Fresno State
(20) Va. Tech
(21) Nebraska
(22) Florida
(23) Northern Illinois
(24) Michigan
(25) Washington

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AP Top 25 10-13-13

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Here are the latest rankings from the Associated Press:

1 Alabama
Alabama (55)
Record: 6-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,495

2 Oregon
Oregon (5)
Record: 6-0
2
1,438
3 Clemson
Record: 6-0
3
1,352
4 Ohio State
Record: 6-0
4
1,330
5 Florida State
Record: 5-0
6
1,242
6 LSU
Record: 6-1
10
1,137
7 Texas A&M
Record: 5-1
9
1,105
8 Louisville
Record: 6-0
8
1,077
9 UCLA
Record: 5-0
11
1,017
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Poll Predictions 10-13-13

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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:

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3 top 10 teams fall on Saturday!

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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.

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College Football’s Week 6 games for the Top 10

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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…

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