This week on 55……….
We talk commitments……HUGE commitments. How the Cards are doing under Bobby P. Red-White scrimmage tickets go on sale. Hot dogs, Nelson, Intrastate rivals and more. Is there one more big commitment in the CARDS for UofL this week? I say L yeah! So strap in, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is……55.
1) ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC………..I’m really not sure if I said it enough times but ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC ACC. My bad, I know that was the same #1 as it was last week but so much more respect nationally just due to the conference switch. Much more fun league to be a part of as well. Got the following tweet right after the game….
3) Last year we would have “slipped by” or “escaped” This year we shut down a top ACC team. So proud of this team…..
4) Read my experience from my first ACC game here
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.
The Louisville-Miami game ended about 2 days ago at the time I am typing this. So too much time has passed to write about that game, right? Time to move on to the next game? Nah, not just yet. A game of this magnitude can be celebrated and talked about just a little bit longer than normal games. I started going to UofL football games as early in my life that I can remember, and the games were played on astroturf on a baseball field, not too far from horse manure. Big names like Texas and Penn State came in to play, but still, Louisville was far from a big-time program.
The Cards moved into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium beginning in the 1998 season. It was definitely a new era of Cardinal football. At the time, we were a program that was nothing more than decent, and in Conference USA. Fast forward to Monday night, and you have seen the Cards in the Big East and the American Athletic Conference. But Monday night, you saw the Cards take on the Miami Hurricanes as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Not just members, but a program that is ready to compete right away.
I remember when you could go to a gas station and get free tickets for UofL football games. I remember the smell of the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center as you are walking into old Cardinal Stadium. I remember watching Ron Cooper lead us to a 1-10 season. I think it is quite alright to let Monday’s huge game/moment last just a little bit longer than usual.
So after watching the game from my new seats in section 224, and finally watching it on DVR to catch anything I may have missed, there are some things that surprised me and some things that didn’t surprise me. I will attempt to outline them now…
Louisville assistant coach and former Miami Hurricane receiver Lamar Thomas has always had his fair share of swag. This week however after the Cards beat the Canes (again) he showed that swag is still in full effect. Thomas took to twitter this week to talk to the haters.
Special to CardinalSportsZone.com from Jerry Steinberg at stateoftheu.com
State of the U Team Capsule:
2014 will be the first time in the Al Golden era that the Hurricanes start the season without the specter of NCAA Sanctions. Clearly the absence of its’ dark shadow has paid immediate dividends in recruiting. But could it help contribute to success on the field as well? The coaching staff under Al Golden has never appeared to lack confidence, even when things aren’t going well. But the decision of Golden and Offensive Coordinator James Coley to name true freshman Brad Kaaya the starting QB, emanates in self assurance.
Will it pay off?
All the confidence in the world, and a successful season from Kaaya, will not mean a thing if the defense does not improve. UM will have to do better than 2013 when this highly scrutinized unit surrendered 27 ppg and over 426 yards a contest.
The good news is, they finally have some of the pieces to make it happen.
This is the first installment of The Stemmys. Every Wednesday I will put out my list of weekly awards given to those that have earned them. The amount and names of awards may differ each week but they are sure to be entertaining!
Mr. Truthful Award: Josh Shaw (USC CB)
Shaw is an on the field leader for the Trojans but his actions this week went even further. Shaw sprained both ankles while jumping in a pool to save his drowning nephew…..Wait what is that..
….Well this is awkward.
The “You have got to be kidding me?!” Award: The Miami Hurricanes
The Cards open up with the Miami Hurricanes this week and both teams are ready to play! The Cards look to start off in the ACC the right way and the Canes want revenge because they feel……………Disrespected? Miami claims that the Cards talked to much trash and tried to “run the score up”. Cry me a flipping river!!
So lets get this straight THE U, the team that has a 30 for 30 about how much they run their mouth is upset about big bad Louisville talking too much? This should tell you all you need to know haha. Looking forward to that blowout Monday.
Brace yourself for this. A Charlie Strong-coached team has been accused of running the score up. Apparently, that is what the Cards were doing to Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, according to cornerback Corn Elder. The following comes from the rest of the article on CanesWatch.com.
“Honestly, I remember them trying to run the score up,” he said. “Just disrespecting us, pretty much.”
After Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater for a safety on the opening drive, it was all Cardinals. They went up 22-2 at halftime and were still carving up UM’s defense in the final minutes.
“I feel like they were out there talking a lot of trash,” Elder said. “They have a lot of players from here. It was a confidence thing.”
Al Golden, head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, announced that true freshman Brad Kaaya will be the starting quarterback for the ‘Canes when they take the field on September 1 against the Louisville Cardinals. Kaaya beat out senior Jake Heaps, who has also played for BYU and Kansas in his career.
Kaaya is 6’4 and around 206 pounds from West Hills, California. Both Rivals and 247 Sports listed him as a 4-star prospect coming out of high school, so the kid can play. The following excerpt comes from USAToday.com:
PJCS is sure to be one of the most electric atmospheres we have ever witnessed on Sept 1st when the Canes come to town. CardNation will be out in full force for the “BlaccOut”, but one thing may be missing……..Miami Fans. According to the Palm Beach Post the Cards home field advantage could be enormous.
From Article (Matt Porter):
Louisville is asking its fans to wear black for the Sept. 1 season-opener. Miami fans will likely counter by wearing white. But don’t expect too many to be there.
If you went to one of the open football practices last week at UofL, one thing you probably noticed was the intensity and the attention to detail from the coaches. Right now, the Cards are focusing on themselves, on getting better and improving their own team. In about a week or so, they will start to prepare for Miami, their first opponent.
Speaking of the Hurricanes, how are they practicing and making themselves better right now?
The Miami Hurricanes will visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in less than 4 weeks. Yes, it is getting close! When they do, they will likely be down to their third quarterback. Ryan Williams, a senior who was expected to start, tore his ACL in the spring and he won’t be ready in time. Next up was thought to be freshman Kevin Olsen, who is 6’3 and comes from New Jersey. He has now been suspended for the season opener because of a failed drug test.
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…
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…
1) Florida State
5) North Carolina State
6) Boston College
7) Wake Forest
When the Miami Hurricanes visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on September 1, they will do so without two linebackers who were expected to contribute in the 2014 season. Alex Figueroa and JaWand Blue were dismissed from the team on Tuesday after being arrested on sexual battery charges involving a 17-year-old girl.
Bobby Petrino just announced at the ACC Celebration at Fourth Street Live! that the opening football game this season against the Miami Hurricanes will be a Blackout! We are just two short months away from that game on September 1! Here are some photos of the black uniforms.
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.
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.
So apparently, this is how the Miami Hurricanes are preparing for the 2014 season, which opens up with a trip to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. If a football game is played, I am taking the Cards. However, if a competition of “who can lift more weights while clubbin’ in strobe lights” breaks out, then the ‘Canes may have a shot on September 1.
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.