The football season is over for the Louisville Cardinals. While the 9-4 record is very good and I would call the season a success, that will be for another post. This one is just quick knee-jerk reactions to the Belk Bowl. The Louisville Cardinals fell to the Georgia Bulldogs 37-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cards got Chubbed – We knew who the main threat on offense was for the Georgia Bulldogs, true freshman running back Nick Chubb. That didn’t seem to matter as Chubb ran all over the Cards for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. He set records as well. I believe they said it was the most rushing yards by a Georgia player in a bowl game, as well as a Belk Bowl record. He was just incredible. Even with Georgia not having a great quarterback in any part of the game, Chubb was a beast. I think they will be just fine without Todd Gurley next season. Louisville just had trouble all game bringing him down.
Video from ACC Digital Network. Looks like the Cards have made the most of their time in Charlotte so far.
Just a quick little interview here.
Bobby Petrino did a short interview with the ACC Digital Network while at the Belk Bowl Press Conference on Wednesday. One thing that he was asked about was who would be lining up under center for the Cards. He says that Will Gardner will not be available, which we already knew. He then says that Reggie Bonnafon should be ready to go.
We now know where the Louisville Cardinals will go bowling this season. The Cards are headed to Charlotte, North Carolina to face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Belk Bowl.
When former Georgia safety Tray Matthews was dismissed from the team a couple weeks ago, he tweeted that his next home would either be Louisville or Auburn. It looked really good that he would end up with the Cards with his former Bulldog teammates Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins. A few days passed, and then there were reports that Alabama and Florida were even in the mix for Matthews. There hasn’t been too much more on those two, so we will bring it back around to Louisville and Auburn…
I lived in Auburn for 4 years, from 2008-2012. I still keep in touch with friends down there. 99% of our conversations are about sports. If you have ever lived down that way, you know that Auburn football (or big-time SEC football) is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Everyone keeps up with football information, whether that be recruiting or just anything else with the team.
It is starting to seem like the University of Louisville football program may have found another pipeline to recruit from: transfers from the Georgia Bulldogs. With Josh Harvey-Clemons (safety) and Shaq Wiggins (cornerback) already on board, a third member could be on the way.
Tray Matthews, a safety who started 6 games as a freshman last season, tweeted that he will be leaving UGA and that Louisville or Auburn will be his next destination.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a story saying that he was kicked off the team by head coach Mark Richt. In the article, Richt says “We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right.” Also from the article:
Neither Richt nor Matthews disclosed Tuesday what precipitated Matthews’ dismissal from the team.
However, Matthews was arrested by UGA Police in March, along with three other Georgia football players, and charged with misdemeanor theft by deception for allegedly double-dipping school-issued financial-aid checks by cashing them twice.
6’4 300 lbs
Eastern Arizona Junior College
247 Sports: 3-star player. 9th best offensive tackle in the country.
Rivals: 3-star player.
Scout: 3-star player.
Offensive tackle Khalil Hunter is currently playing his football at Eastern Arizona Junior College in Thatcher, Arizona. The big man, listed at 6’4 and 300 lbs, recently updated CSZ on his recruitment status. “To be honest with you, Louisville and Georgia are my top two,” Hunter said. “I love talking to Coach K (offensive line coach Chris Klenakis).” The Cards offered a scholarship to Hunter back in early April.
If the below tweet is true it would confirm what most of us have believed would happen and UGA CB transfer Shaq Wiggins may be a Card. Wiggins would sit out a year but would be a monster addition to the Louisville roster. Now we wait on official word and word on Wiggins close friend Texas A&M WR transfer JaQuay Williams.
If you didn’t already know, Louisville has been hosting a couple of SEC transfers in the last couple of days. Shaq Wiggins from the University of Georgia and JaQuay Williams from Texas A&M were teammates in high school, and both could end up at UofL. On Wednesday night, Williams tweeted this picture out.
Looks good to me!
News broke last week that UGA Sophomore CB Shaq Wiggins would transfer. Today UGASPORTSBLOG.ajc.com released a story that says the likely landing spot for Wiggins may just be the University of Louisville:
1. It appears quite likely that Shaq Wiggins will end up at Louisville.
That’s according to his father. Al Wiggins told me Monday night that the Cardinals are the leader among about 20 schools that have shown interest in having the 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback transfer in from Georgia. The Bulldogs announced they were effectively releasing Wiggins by mutual agreement this past Friday.
Louisville is, of course, coached by former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. And Louisville, of course, has already claimed another UGA defensive back. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons transferred there after the coach Mark Richt dismissed him in February for multiple rules violations.
“You have to consider them,” Al Wiggins, speaking by phone from their home in Tyrone, said of the Cardinals. “Coach Grantham is there and that’s where Josh Harvey-Clemons is at. You know, they played on the same side (of the secondary). So that’s definitely something Shaquille and I feel comfortable with. But we haven’t really made a firm decision yet. We’ve still got to put everything on the table.”
Mr. Wiggins declined to mention the other schools they are considering, though he did offer that he wanted his son to go to South Carolina out of high school. But he was out-voted by Shaq and his mother, who both preferred Georgia.
“I think he knows where he wants to go,” Al Wiggins said. “It just has to happen.”
Wiggins was a 4* player out of HS and led the UGA defense in interceptions (2) last season. Wiggins would be a monster addition to the Louisville defense when eligible.
According to Mike Hughes, former Georgia Bulldog safety Josh Harvey-Clemons plans to attend the University of Louisville. Woodrow Clemons, the grandfather of Josh Harvey-Clemons, told InsideTheVille.com on Wednesday night that his grandson plans to transfer to Louisville. Clemons was dismissed from Georgia in February of this year for a violation of team rules. This cbssports.com article says:
Harvey-Clemons already missed the Bulldogs’ Gator Bowl loss to Nebraska and faced a three-game suspension entering the 2014 season after reportedly violating the university’s marijuana-use policy for a second time. Harvey-Clemons was also suspended for the Bulldogs’ season-opening loss against Clemson after telling police that he had smoked marijuana in a dorm room.
In the 2013 season, Clemons recorded 66 tackles and 1 interception and recovered 3 fumbles (georgiadogs.com). He is listed at 6’5 and 212 pounds and was a 5-star prospect out of high school.
I will start this one out by saying this does not worry me AT ALL, but just relaying the information. It looks as if recent UofL commit Shaq Jones will be flipping to Georgia. This does not come as a surprise or as bad news really. Jones is a former South Alabama commit. When he got the Louisville offer, he committed. Then Georgia took notice of him. When they offered, he (looks like it) took it. So yes, if Alabama comes knocking on his door, he will likely commit there. If the Seahawks say they want to pick him up? Sure, let’s commit there too.
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.
|USA Today Poll|
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.