With four more wins to enter St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a now 15-0 start, the Cardinals have finally reached number one in four of the six major polls. This is the first time the Cardinal Nine have reached the number one spot in their 100-year history.
Up next, the Cardinals look to not only retain their number one ranking, but reach their hottest start in the program’s history. U of L will open the week against Xavier, then have another ACC home stand against division foe Boston College.
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As Matt McGavic wrote on Monday, U of L has earned their first number one ranking in the program’s 100-year history. The Cards came in at the top spot on the Perfect Game, Baseball America, USA Today/Coaches Poll. D1baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper did not have Louisville as their #1 team; the Cards were one point behind Oregon State in the CBN poll on Monday, while they were ranked fourth in the D1baseball.com poll behind Florida State, Oregon State and TCU.
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Good morning folks. Before I begin I want to say if you are a sensitive reader who gets offended by EVERY SINGLE THING on the interwebs stop reading now. Matter of fact, you may want to stop reading my posts altogether. I have no time to coddle and pacify people who follow me and my CSZ crew on Twitter. A rivalry is just that. You don’t like your opponent, you make fun of their fan base, you take shots at their players (tastefully), and you move on. Apparently, a Twitter follower by the name of @RedsFanSince61 was rubbed wrong about comments made toward Patrick Towels that he, king of the internet, deemed hateful. Yes….THAT Patrick Towles, the same Patrick Towels that sets his alarm each morning to mention Louisville at some point of the day.
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Last Time: Louisville grinded out a 17-14 win over Boston College, overcoming four turnovers to start a late-season surge where the Cardinals won six of their final eight games in 2015. Louisville’s defense played an outstanding game, holding a paltry Boston College offense to 79 total yards (-14 rushing). Lamar Jackson had 245 total yards (230 passing, 15 rushing) and a rushing touchdown, while Sheldon Rankins added a 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Louisville leads the all-time series 5-3, with the Cardinals winning the last three since joining the ACC.
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Remember back in June of 2015 when (then) UK quarterback Patrick Towles put it out on Instagram that he could not wait to play Louisville again? It was pretty weird. He got outplayed big time by 3rd stringer Kyle Bolin the season before. The more awkward part is that by the time the game got here, he wasn’t even starting anymore. He did get in, and naturally threw an interception.
Towles transferred to Boston College, because clearly Kentucky was holding him back. As you know, Boston College is in the ACC and plays Louisville every year. It looks like when the schedules were announced on Tuesday afternoon, Towles took to Twitter to “Praise the Lord” for the date that Louisville and Boston College will meet.
With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.
There are 6 ACC games on the schedule today. The Cards will host Miami and try to end their two game losing streak. They are still fighting to get one of those top 4 spots in the conference and earn a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
Chris Jones and Terry Rozier combined to score 51 of the Cards’ 81 points last night against Boston College as Louisville picked up the 81-72 win on the road. They also combined to make 19-28 shots, including 5-7 from three. They had 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 turnover between the two of them.
With a massive snowstorm on its way to the Northeast part of the country, it is looking like Louisville’s next basketball game could be postponed. The Cards are supposed to play at Boston College on Wednesday evening. During today’s ACC teleconference, Coach Pitino said that the team wouldn’t be able to travel on Tuesday and that they would attempt to on Wednesday, the day of the game.
Digging deep into the world of Twitter, who better to know about this situation than the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore?
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…
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.
Pittsburgh (4-3, 2-1) def Virginia Tech (4-3, 1-2) 21-16.
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
Week 6 is full of ACC Conference games, so things will be exciting today. Duke and Boston College both have a bye, but everyone else plays and they are all conference games. Louisville got the week started with their 28-6 win over Syracuse on Friday night. Here is the schedule of games for this week, along with the standings.
Louisville (5-1, 3-1) def Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) 28-6
North Carolina (2-2, 0-1) vs Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1) 12:30 GamePlan/ESPN3
Clemson (2-2, 1-1) vs NC State (4-1, 0-1) 3:30 ESPNU
Listed below is the schedule of college football games for ACC teams in Week 4. The highlight of the day is clearly (1) Florida State vs (22) Clemson tonight. If you haven’t heard, quarterback Jameis Winston will not play at all in the game. There are some other big non-conference games that would be big wins for the ACC as Miami plays (24) Nebraska, Virginia faces (21) BYU, and Pittsburgh plays Iowa.
Right now, the only ACC teams that are ranked are Florida State and Clemson. However, there are 7 ACC teams that are on the “others receiving votes” part of the rankings. So this is a big week for the conference when it comes to national perception.
- Others receiving votes: North Carolina 82, Duke 55, Mississippi State 55, Virginia Tech 54, Penn State 51, East Carolina 44, TCU 42, Pittsburgh 40, Florida 31, Marshall 28, Boston College 22, West Virginia 14, Washington 14, Cincinnati 10, Virginia 6, Arkansas 3, Arizona 3, North Dakota State 3, Louisville 2
Virginia Tech (2-1) vs Georgia Tech (3-0) 12:00 ESPN
Pittsburgh (3-0) vs Iowa (2-1) 12:00 ESPNU
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 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