“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”
Happy Monday folks, the BHK is happy to be back on the throne after what seemed to be the longest bye week in Cardinal football history. The BHK is also happy that the Cards are back in the win column despite how it looked and felt on this past Friday night. I wrote a piece last week detailing Friday games in Papa John’s and how the crowd is normally on another level which is always good. What isn’t good, or welcome for that matter, is something called “bad juju” (pronounced joo-joo).
I am filling in for Mitch on the postgame recap, so let’s talk about the weird Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Duke and head coach David Cutcliffe had an outstanding gameplan. It may have been more conservative and less flashy than what Louisville fans are accustomed to, but it nevertheless worked. Louisville did an excellent job of bottling Duke’s basic gameplan for most of the game, though. Most will point to the lack of turnovers or sacks that Louisville has been able to produce as of late, but Duke’s gameplan of runs and screens — and trying to milk the clock and keep Lamar Jackson off the field — was to limit that.
Here’s where the Cards are ranked in the AP poll just released reflecting the victory over Duke:
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Here’s Louisville’s ranking after defeating Duke:
For the full poll, click here: http://sportspolls.usatoday.com/ncaa/football/polls/coaches-poll/
If you don’t follow or read Andre Adelson then you are really missing out. In my opinion she is the best. I have not met her but I will one day. This story is one that makes you remember that there is more to life than just sports and that sports can be used as a tool for the betterment of the world. I’m proud of Lamar and all my Cardinal family. I pray for this young lady, her friends and her family. If you only read one story today, please read this story… Read the rest of this entry
Someone had just told him we were going live too. Crazy. Thanks to whomever spread the word. Moving forward. The Sophomore sensation that is sweeping the nation was on SportsCenter this morning. I had a ton of you ask me to find the video. Ask and you shall receive. Here is Action Jackson’s appearance on SC.
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Louisville Basketball had some fun tonight before the Football game.
Last Time: The Duke Blue Devils marched to a 13-point lead in the second half, but behind Damion Lee’s 24 points, the Cardinals were able to rally back and take a 71-64 win over the Blue Devils, avenging their loss two weeks earlier at Cameron Indoor Arena.
Wait a minute, this is football we’re talking about here. Duke and Louisville have only played each other once, a 40-3 blowout victory for the Cardinals in 2002. Dave Ragone went 23/34 for 258 yards and two touchdowns, while Henry Miller accounted for 92 yards and a touchdown in the blowout victory. Louisville overcame four turnovers while holding Duke to 175 total yards.
For those if you thirsting for basketball, last night’s Red-White Scrimmage was sure to wet your whistle. I did not get to attend but got the run down after from Steve. Here’s what I learned. Hicks has no fear. McMahon can hit with/without defenders. Matz was Matz. Here are the videos from the press conference afterwards.
Louisville can lay claim to being the first to do a few things. We all know Louisville Basketball in the 80’s were the first invent and execute the “High Five”. We know that the first pizza John Schnatter ever baked was in a broom closet here in Louisville. The first coach to lead 3 schools to the Final Four and also the first coach to win championships at two different schools is currently calling plays on Main St. here in Louisville. The first person to say he was the G.O.A.T and actually back it up was born and raised here.
There’s never a bad reason to throw up a picture of my guy THE Redbird. Go to his Twitter and vote for him for best Louisville fan mascot. @the_redbird7. Now on to business. Here is the list of games for us to watch for this weekend. I compiled them & Justin Krueger aka JK (patent pending) (hot dogs are not sandwiches) broke them down. We hope you enjoy.
Games to Watch:
Alabama at Tennessee, 3:30 ET, CBS: With Louisville hosting its blackout game tomorrow night, this should be the game that is on everyone’s radar for Saturday. Tennessee has pulled off some impressive feats on the road already, including downing Florida and Georgia and nearly pulling off another comeback win at Texas A&M. If Josh Dobbs can get the offense going, Alabama could be in for a tough night, and an Alabama loss could ignite some chaos in the SEC’s playoff race.
Ohio State at Wisconsin, 8:00 ET, ABC:
The matchup everyone will be watching will be Ohio State’s vaunted offense against Wisconsin’s impressive defense. Wisconsin has been the big surprise of the Big Ten this season, with solid defensive performances against an LSU team with Leonard Fournette and held Michigan to 14 points. An Ohio State loss at any point would create a ton of chaos in the Big Ten’s CFP picture, but Wisconsin may arguably have the best shot at taking them down.
Nebraska at Indiana, 3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2:
Wisconsin has been the surprise of the Big Ten, but Nebraska has also quietly entered the top ten of the polls after an early-season victory against Oregon. Nebraska could be in for a tough road test against an Indiana team that just beat Michigan State at home, and has also challenged the likes of Michigan and Ohio State last year under head coach Kevin Wilson.
West Virginia at Texas Tech, noon, FS1: The Big XII may not have any legitimate threats to the CFP at this time, but they still have two undefeated teams and WVU happens to be one of them. The Mountaineers might have their toughest test to date against a Texas Tech team that has one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Patrick Mahomes, and a loss would leave Baylor as the lone undefeated team in the Big XII.
North Carolina at Miami, 3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2: We all thought the Coastal was going to be substantially weaker than the Atlantic, but it turns out that the Coastal has produced some good teams this season. The Tar Heels and Hurricanes stand out as the two favorites for the division title, and may be of interest if one of them meets Clemson – or possibly Louisville – in the conference championship. The focus will be on the quarterback duel between Mitch Trubisky (UNC) and Brad Kaaya (Miami), the latter of whom could be a potential top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Ryan Switzer and Stacy Coley are two exciting playmakers that will likely contribute in a potential shootout between these two teams.
We are officially halfway through the season, and Louisville has surpassed all expectations and become a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. However, Louisville may – or may not – need some help down the road to complete its first ever playoff bid. And with only four teams entering the playoff, the air is going to get incredibly thin at the mountaintop, so it’ll be of interest to see how the nation plays out for Louisville’s CFP campaign.
Here are some teams to watch in the coming weeks that could challenge Louisville’s run to its first ever CFP bid.
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Before this football season started we as Louisville fans had high expectations. We heard Robert Patrick Petrino say the goal was to win a national championship and he wanted to get back to lighting up the scoreboard. Petrino’s words did nothing to temper expectations. Most realistic Louisville fans knew that winning a national championship was a long shot. Making the college football playoffs seemed like a long shot also but most believed that we had a better shot to make the playoffs than Kentucky had to make a bowl game. So you’re saying there’s a chance. Read the rest of this entry