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Video: Bobby Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin Preview FIU

On Monday afternoon, Coach Petrino, Sheldon Rankins, and Lorenzo Mauldin spoke to the media. They recapped the Virginia game and looked ahead to FIU. Special thanks to TheCrunchZone.com for the great video.

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ESPN ACC Power Rankings Have the Cards 8th

ESPN.com released their updated ACC Power Rankings on Sunday, and the Cards dropped down to 8th. With games still remaining against Florida State and Clemson, Louisville definitely will have their chance to show where they belong on this list.

 

Louisville Football Bowl Projections (9/15)

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Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

After taking a 23-21 loss to Virginia the Cards have dropped in a few of this weeks bowl projections. With that said the Cards still have many goals still in tact. One thing is for sure, being in the ACC should provide #CardNation with some intriguing possibilities come bowl season regardless of record.

CBS:

Music City Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Missouri

ESPN:

Sun Bowl (Dec. 27) vs Washington

Belk Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Tennessee

Sporting News:

TaxSlayer Bowl (Jan. 2) vs Florida

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Gametime and channel set for Wake Forest game

Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

Tim Hagg/ CardinalSportsZone

The ACC announced today that the Cards September 27th game against Wake Forest will kickoff at 3:30 pm ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. We all called for no noon home kickoffs so get those tailgates ready!!

The Cards Lost a Game, Not the Season, in Charlottesville

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Photo: CardinalSportsZone.com

Well Saturday was just an ugly game, there is no other way to put it. Turnovers left and right by both teams, no real rhythm, just a weird game. After the first drive by UofL, you thought that things were good and we were going to roll to an easy victory. And then the rest of the 1st quarter happened, along with the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

I was at the game, and I haven’t watched it on DVR yet, which always shows some things that you miss while at the game. So I can only go off of things that I saw from the upper level and gathered by talking to other people about the game.

First off, man it’s rough being at a road game and losing. I packed 5 shirts for the trip, all Louisville. So after the game, and on Sunday while still there for a little bit, and the trip home that takes you through West Virginia, I would be in a Louisville shirt. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Honestly the Virginia fans didn’t really say too much. They were more excited for their own team than worrying about disrespecting Louisville fans. At least that is what I saw. Their excitement doubled when they learned that Virginia Tech lost to East Carolina. So overall, they had a pretty good day.

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Justin Time for the Weekend: 9/12/04

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This week’s edition of Justin Time for the Weekend may be a little shorter than usual. Of course I did not get this done ahead of time, so it is about 6:45 a.m. on Friday as I type this. But the first topic I cover will explain why this post will likely be a little less content than normal. I hope everyone has a great weekend and it is highlighted by a Louisville victory on Saturday in our second ACC football game.

Heading to Virginia

That’s right. In about an hour or so, I will be hitting the road and heading towards Charlottesville, Virginia to see the Cards in their first ACC road game. I am hoping I am able to make one road trip a year to check out all of the ACC schools. Not sure I will make it to Syracuse for a football game in the Carrier Dome, because blah. I have a lot of friends going to South Bend for the Notre Dame game, which will be amazing I’m sure. But I can’t make it up there this year, so that one would be a while before I could get back. But it will be nice to be able to check Virginia off the list. I hear it is a beautiful campus and town.

Virginia was picked to finish last or at least close to last in nearly every ACC projection that I saw. Now whether they will or not remains to be seen. But that was at least the perception of them heading into the season. In saying that, I am way more excited to see us play Virginia than someone like Temple, SMU, Houston, Memphis, and other teams in our former conference. The middle of the pack and lower tier teams of the ACC are just way more exciting to me than what we are used to. Not to mention, this is just a big game in general as the Cards will try to start out 2-0 in the conference, with the next conference game being against Wake Forest at home.

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Michael Dyer Still Questionable for Saturday

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino told the media on Thursday that running back Michael Dyer is still questionable for the Virginia game on Saturday. He has practiced the last two days, but is still sore. According to Howie Lindsey, Petrino said that Dyer wants to be back, but there is atrophy in the thigh. Livestrong.com describes atrophy in the leg: The most common reason for atrophy to occur in the legs is disuse. Lack of activity for any reason — illness, injury, seated desk job, sedentary lifestyle — can lead to loss of leg muscle.

When the depth chart was released, it showed Dyer as the backup running back. If he is unable to go for the third straight game this season, L.J. Scott will likely move into the backup role behind Dominique Brown. I think we are all comfortable with Scott as the backup, but it sure would be nice to have Michael Dyer back soon.

Opponent Breakdown: Virginia Cavaliers

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Special to CardinalSportsZone.com from Andrew Ramspacher.

The following breakdown of the Virginia Cavaliers was sent to me by Andrew Ramspacher, who is the beat writer for the team for the Daily Progress in Charlottesville. Who better to get information from than the guy who covers the team daily? Here you go!

UVa Offense

As of three weeks ago, this was clearly going to be Greyson Lambert’s team. The redshirt sophomore quarterback had been with the first team since day one of spring ball, was named co-captian in April and appeared on the cover of the media guide. He would take over from the brutal David Watford experiment (eight touchdowns, 15 interceptions as the starter in 2013) and was destined to break the on-going QB carousel that defined the Mike London era.

But then came the 2014 season opener in which Lambert was intercepted twice for touchdowns in the second quarter and the UVa staff threw in little-known Matt Johns. All Johns did was immediately lead a touchdown drive and nearly rally the Cavaliers to an upset of the then-No. 7 Bruins.

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Depth Charts for Louisville and Virginia

The depth charts for both the Louisville Cardinals and Virginia Cavaliers are listed below. The first thing that sticks out about Louisville’s, and it isn’t a surprise, is Michael Dyer listed as the backup running back. Hopefully this means he is finally healthy. He showed flashes of what he could do in the first game last season and then this spring, but that’s it. Other than that, he has been hampered by injuries. A healthy Michael Dyer gives the Cards a huge weapon for ACC play.

There aren’t really any other surprises on the rest of the depth chart, which is good. Let’s keep continuity and stay healthy. And when you see someone listed as a backup and not a starter, it really isn’t a big deal. We know the main guys who will get to play, whether they start or not.

With Virginia, they will go with two quarterbacks during the game, as they have in the first two games this season.

Louisville Cardinals

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

OFFENSE

QB

11 Will Gardner 6-5 226 So.
7 Reggie Bonnafon 6-3 206 Fr.
12 Brett Nelson 6-4 220 Sr.

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Video from ACC Digital Network: Lorenzo Mauldin Thrives Despite Humble Beginnings

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The ACC Digital Network released this video just a few hours ago. Lorenzo Mauldin has been a fan-favorite for quite some time. He certainly wears his heart and emotions on his sleeve. Most people know his story about his background, and whether you do or don’t already know, this is worth a watch. I believe this originally aired before the season started on an ACC preview show, but I only caught the last part of it then. Check it out.

The Stemmys (My Midweek Awards)

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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.

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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.

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Virginia Head Coach Previews Louisville

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

On Monday, Virginia head coach Mike London met with the media for his weekly press conference. He talked about the upcoming game against the Cards as well as the state of his own team, and VirginiaSports.com has the full transcript, which you can read below.

COACH LONDON:  We’ll start with a brief comment about Louisville, our ACC opponent this week.  I’ve had a chance to meet Coach Petrino over the last couple of head coaches meetings.  I’ve known him over the years and his coaching accolades and things that he brings to his team.  Their team is playing very well.  This will be a great challenge for us.  We’re excited about the challenge as these guys come into Charlottesville.  So I’ll take any questions.

Q. You guys are second in the country in turnovers forced through two weeks. What does it say about the players?  What’s it say about the schemes that you guys have been able to bring in two years ago, basically, alter everything sort of two years ago. Was there a missing piece of this defense, and now two years later you’re tops in the country two weeks into the season? 
COACH LONDON:  It’s been a mindset, a concentrated mindset on turnovers and how it changes the game.  Obviously we had success last week with the seven turnovers and if you look back – has led to about 31 points.  I don’t think we had that all of last season.  The guys defensively are doing a pretty good job with Eli, and Max Valles coming off the edge and some of the other things that are happening, they’re causing havoc.  And the strip sack, cause fumble, the interceptions, all those things that have been geared towards playing better defense.  The players have bought into that.  We have to continue that.  We have to continue.  It’s great that we had it in two games, but we need to do it particularly this game because this team we’re playing is a very good team.  But the mindset defensively has been to create turnovers and give yourself a chance to win.

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Louisville lands 4 star LB out of Alabama

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Bobby Petrino and the Cards came out of nowhere today to land 4 star LB Amonte Caban.

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L.J. Scott named ACC Rookie of the Week

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Louisville freshman running back L.J. Scott had a heck of a game on Saturday against Murray State. He rushed for 126 yards on 11 carries (11.5 yards per rush) and had 1 touchdown. His longest rush was for 68 yards. He also had 1 catch for 8 yards.

Because of that performance, Scott was named the ACC Rookie of the Week. The freshman came into this season with a lot of hype because of how well he has performed since the spring when he got to campus early. He definitely showed what he can do and gave Cards fans a glimpse of what the future will look like at the running back position.

Time/TV set for Louisville-FIU game

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

UofL has announced that the Louisville-FIU football game on September 20 will kickoff at 3:30 pm ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1. The Cards beat FIU 72-0 last season.

A reminder that this week’s game at Virginia will kickoff at 12:30 pm ET and be shown on the ACC Network, or WAVE 3 locally.

Louisville vs Murray State Photo Gallery

Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)

Louisville Football moves up 4 spots to #21 in new AP poll

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Tim Hagg/CardinalSportsZone

The Cards are still unranked in the Coaches Poll (sure to change with a win over UVA) but move up 4 spots in the lastest AP poll. The ACC has 4 teams in this weeks poll.

1
Record: 2-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,463

2
Oregon (16)
Record: 2-0
3
1,415
3
Record: 2-0
2
1,334
4
Record: 2-0
4
1,303
5
Record: 2-0
5
1,236
6
Record: 1-0
6
1,201
7
Record: 2-0
9
1,101
8
Record: 2-0
10
1,043
9
Record: 2-0
14
1,039
10
Record: 2-0
12
1,029
11
16
815
12
Record: 2-0
11
779
13
Record: 1-1
7
751
14
Record: 2-0
15
703
15
Record: 1-1
13
592
16
Record: 2-0
17
570
17
Record: 2-0
38
532
18
Record: 1-1
18
391
19
Record: 2-0
20
285
20
Record: 2-0
24
237
21
Record: 2-0
25
234
22
Record: 1-1
8
222
23
Record: 1-1
23
206
24
Record: 1-1
21
199
25
35
179

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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Justin Time For The Weekend: 9/5/14

Justin Time

I started this new weekly blog last week, and I must say that I think I am going to enjoy doing it. If not, you will know because it will just stop. But the point of it is just to give my thoughts and opinions on whatever comes to mind, obviously focusing on UofL sports. But rather than just posting facts and passing along information, this is more of an open forum for me. Like with most of these types of posts that I do, I go into it with a little plan, and just start typing and see what happens. It seems to work better that way for me. Maybe there should be more of a plan, I don’t know. I haven’t taken 1 journalism class in my life so I am not 100% sure how that whole process works. I will just type what comes to mind, and hopefully you enjoy reading it. If not, here is my apology: sorry. Now, onto this week’s topics for you to read about Justin time for the weekend!

The 6-0 start is there for the taking

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

When the football schedule came out, we were all excited to see the big names like Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, and Miami. We realized we finally had a good schedule and we are not in the AAC or Big East anymore. The more you looked at the schedule, the more you may have noticed that the second half of the schedule is much tougher than the first half. I couldn’t help but think that if we just got by Miami, a 6-0 start was very possible. Well, we got by Miami for sure. Now just take a look at the next 5 games.

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Cardinal Catch Up: Friday Morning

(@UofLVolleyball Twitter)

(@UofLVolleyball Twitter)

As always around this time of year, it is a very busy weekend in UofL athletics. The highlight of the weekend will be Saturday evening when the Louisville football team takes on the Murray State Racers. That game is at 7:00 pm ET at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Here in the Cardinal Catch Up, we focus on the “other” sports not named football or men’s basketball. It is a great one-stop shop to keep you informed on how the other teams at UofL are doing, and what they have coming up.

*The #24 ranked volleyball team (1-1) has a very busy weekend as they are hosting the Active Ankle Challenge in Cardinal Arena. They will host Tennessee State at 10:00 a.m. ET on Friday morning, and also face Cincinnati at 7:30 pm ET Friday evening. On Saturday, they will face Appalachian State at 11:00 a.m. ET, also in Cardinal Arena.

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