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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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Video: Best of DeVante Parker vs NC State

It sure was good to have DeVante back. To keep it simple: he changes everything!

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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Corvin Lamb’s Surgery was for Torn ACL

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

I posted this morning that Corvin Lamb was having some kind of surgery, but wasn’t sure what. UofL has confirmed that it was, in fact, for a torn ACL. Lamb will miss the rest of the season. It is not the same knee that he injured last season.

Corvin Lamb Having Surgery?

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Former Louisville running back Senorise Perry, who is now with the Chicago Bears, had an interesting tweet on Tuesday night. He wished Corvin Lamb luck with his surgery. We know that Lamb left the Clemson game with a lower body injury, but that was all that was really said. At least to my knowledge (at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning), it hasn’t been said what exactly happened to Lamb.

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College Football Top 25 Polls: Week 8

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Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Louisville finds themselves 35th in the latest AP poll. They are not receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Florida State (2) and Clemson (24) are the only ACC teams ranked in the AP poll. Another UofL opponent, Notre Dame, checks in at #5.

The ACC is represented in the “others receiving votes” category, so a few teams are just outside being ranked. Those teams are Duke (28), Georgia Tech (33), Louisville (35), and Virginia (41).

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ACC Digital Network’s Midseason Power Poll

Bobby Petrino and Will Gardner Preview NC State

Bobby Petrino and Will Gardner met with the media on Monday afternoon to recap the loss at Clemson and preview the upcoming game against NC State. The videos are from thecrunchzone.com.

Gerod Holliman named Mid-Season All American by ESPN

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN released their College Football Mid Season All American Teams today and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman was on it. The former Army All-American came out of nowhere this season to lead the nation in interceptions with 7. At this pace I don’t see a way Holliman isn’t on this same list when the season ends as well as many post season awards list. Holliman, only a (RS) Sophmore, can return to Louisville for the next two seasons so it’s possible he is only getting started!!

From ESPN.com:

S Gerod Holliman, Louisville: Holliman has been the breakout star on one of the nation’s top defenses through seven weeks. The Louisville sophomore has already racked up seven interceptions, which leads the nation. A year ago, only Virginia’s Anthony Harris had more for the entire season. More importantly, Holliman’s contributions have helped the Cardinals overcome a lackluster offense early with a defense that has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to FBS foes all year. — David M. Hale

NC State Suspends 7 Players for Louisville Game

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When NC State takes the field on Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals, they will do so without 7 players who were just suspended because of a BB gun incident. Two of the seven are starters on defense (Fernandez and Jones). Here are the rest of the players and their stats this season…

LB Jerod Fernandez – 58 tackles (24 solo) and 2 INT. Team’s leading tackler

S Josh Jones – 38 tackles (28 solo) with 1 sack and 1 INT

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Louisville vs Clemson: Looking at the Glass as Half Empty and Half Full

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Now that a few hours have passed since the game ended, I feel like sitting down to write about it. I have gotten much better over the years as to how I take losses. I do realize that I have no impact on the game whatsoever, and it is just that, a game. It is entertainment and a distraction from everyday life and real problems. So realizing that helps move on from losses. However, getting back to being the huge fan that I am, this one hurt!

In every game, there are good things and bad things that happen. This game seemed to be full of both. I would normally get on here and write about how things are just fine and this team will be ok, and no worries. That is just how I am now, Mr. Optimistic. The proof of that is that a few minutes after the game ended, a text came in that started with “I know you are the positive fan but…”

But I won’t be 100% positive talk here. I will address the problems that stuck out to me, no need to hide from them. So I will look at things from both sides. And since I am the positive one, I would prefer to end my post on the good things, so let’s go ahead and get the bad stuff out of the way. Before my negativity starts, just know that I still 100% support this team, including coaches and players. I love my Cards and one halfway critical post does not change that.

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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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Top 25 College Football Schedule: Week 7

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Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

In both the AP poll and USA Today Coaches poll, the Louisville Cardinals are ranked 29th. This schedule of games is always based on the AP poll, so I will stay consistent with that. In that poll, Clemson is 26th. They are 25th in the Coaches poll. Interesting that both of the Mississippi schools are tied for 3rd. There are some good games today with ranked teams. If the Cards can pull off the upset in Death Valley, they will most certainly be ranked again.

Here is the schedule of games for the full top 25 today.

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

(2) Auburn (5-0, 2-0) @ (3) Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0)   3:30   CBS

(3) Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0) @ (14) Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1)   9:00   ESPN

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WR Cameron Polk Dismissed From Team

Cameron Polk

It was confirmed late Friday night that freshman wide receiver Cameron Polk has been dismissed from the University of Louisville football team. Polk received a drug citation from university police on Wednesday.

“Cameron Polk has been dismissed from the team,” U of L coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement to The Courier-Journal. “I do feel, however, that it is important that we provide him with the help and support needed to help him with his problems.”

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Louisville vs Clemson: Links From the Week

Photo: John Powell/Sideline Carolina

Photo: John Powell/Sideline Carolina

Unless you are subscribed to our e-mail list, which sends you an e-mail every time a new post is made on CardinalSportsZone.com, there may be some things you miss during the week. By the way, getting on that e-mail list is a GREAT idea, not to mention easy. On that column there on the right (on the full site), there is a section called “Follow CSZ via email.” Just click “follow” and get signed up. It is a great way to keep up if you can’t always check out the site to see if there are new articles.

Now back to this. If you missed things during the week, or even if you didn’t but want a page with all of the links about Louisville-Clemson from the week that we posted, here it is for you. This way you don’t have to go search if you want to see things like the depth chart or Bobby Petrino’s press conference previewing Clemson. It is all listed below. If anything else gets posted today about the game, I will add it on here too. Hope this makes things easier for you. Go Cards!

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5 Questions for ACC Blogger Jeff Fann Leading up to Louisville-Clemson

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If you were able to catch the podcast that I was on the other night, you also got to hear a lot of ACC knowledge from Mr. Jeff Fann. Jeff runs the site AllSportsDiscussion.com, which focuses on the ACC but just as the name says, will also talk about anything in sports.

You can subscribe to the podcast by clicking here. It is run by Jeff, who is better known on twitter as @TalkinACCSports and Matthew, better known as @hokiesmash.

Besides knowing about all of the teams in the ACC, there was another reason I wanted to do a quick Q&A with Jeff about the game on Saturday. That reason? He is a Clemson graduate. So if there is any team he can talk about more and have a real passion for them, it has to be the Tigers. So here we go!

1) What is the biggest advantage that each team has over the other in this game?

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A Clemson Team Breakdown from a Clemson Fan; and Tailgate Information

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The following write up comes from Chris Hall, who is a big-time fan of the Clemson Tigers. In fact, his twitter profile says “my blood runs Clemson Orange.” So you have to appreciate that passion. Chris also has his own blog, sportstalkwithchrishall.blogspot.com, and he was nice enough to send us a personal game preview for this Saturday’s matchup between Louisville and Clemson.

Chris tells you all about Clemson’s team, which is great if you want to learn about the opposition before Saturday. For anyone traveling to the game, he also provides some tips on parking, eating, tailgating, and more.

Give him a follow on twitter @CHallSportsTalk and check out his preview!

Offense

What a difference two weeks makes. After letting one slip away in Tallahassee in overtime and dropping to 1-2 on the season, Tiger fans were understandably upset. Some of these “fans” were even calling for Swinney and Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris to be fired. Enter true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. The 6-2 205 dual-threat gunslinger from Gainesville, GA has lived up to the hype and truly is a special player. In his first start against North Carolina, he threw for a school record and tied an ACC record with 6 touchdowns in a 50-35 victory. He makes it look easy and has the poise of a 5th year senior in the pocket. Watson has provided a spark to not only this Clemson offense but the entire team and fan base. The Tigers have posted back to back wins and are averaging 45.5 points per game with the freshmen running the show. Optimism in flying high again around Tigertown and everyone is excited to watch this special player develop and continue what looks to be a very promising career. More importantly, Morris and Swinney’s job security, according to fans, is safe again.

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Clemson fans already camping out for the Cards

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ClemsonTigers.com

According to this tweet it looks like the Cards are going to walk into one of the wildest atmospheres they have seen in awhile. Clemson fans took offense to Bobby’s comments (or lack thereof) earlier this week and look to make sure it is rocking. Hey it’s no Syracuse but it’ll be cute I suppose. #BeatClemson

Garrick McGee and Todd Grantham Preview Clemson

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Louisville’s offensive and defensive coordinators, Garrick McGee an Todd Grantham (respectively), met with the media over the last couple of days to discuss the upcoming game against Clemson. They also talked about their own team a little bit. The links to the videos are provided, as well as summaries of key notes they talked about.

Garrick McGee

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-Practice was good. The kids were spirited. Not everything was perfect but it’s like that on Tuesdays because you are installing a new game plan, playing against a new defensive structure, but the spirit was there.

-Clemson has a really good defensive scheme. They have powerful guys in the middle. They have one of the top pash rushers in the country (Vic Beasley). They have three really good linebackers. They have length at safety. “I think #20 is 6’4.” So they present plenty of challenges for us.

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Bobby Petrino and Dabo Swinney ACC Teleconference Transcripts

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Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Here are the transcripts from Wednesday’s ACC teleconference for Bobby Petrino and Dabo Swinney.

Bobby Petrino – Louisville

BOBBY PETRINO: We’re coming off a good road win at Syracuse where we had to fight hard to win the game in the fourth quarter, which I thought was really good for our football team. Defensively we’re playing at a very high level. Offensively we continue to get better, so I’m excited about the improvements we made. We know we have a great challenge ahead of us going in to play at Clemson, which is a very loud atmosphere and a great crowd. But we look forward to the challenge.

Q. Is DeVante fully cleared for this Saturday or are you waiting on a few for things?

BOBBY PETRINO: Yeah, we’re kind of waiting on that. He came out for practice yesterday. He didn’t go the entire practice but did run routes and took part in parts of our practice. He looked good out there, but we just have to see how the week progresses.

Q. When you look on film, what is it about Clemson’s receivers you think that allows them to shine so fast so soon, a lot of young guys there?

BOBBY PETRINO: Yeah, I think they do a great job on their teaching of their get-off and their route running. They’re big guys that can get down the field and catch the ball well in their hands, so it’s a great challenge for us.

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