Today on the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville the guys had a ton of football to talk. Your host Steve Rummage & social media dude Jeremy Wahman was in studio today. The guys talked Marshall, Marshall, Marshall while Steve kept looking ahead to Clemson. We all have been. The Red Ragers called in to give us the skinny on the tailgate today PLUS dropped a bombshell regarding next weeks tailgate. The guys also put out a contest for social media with the opportunity to win a Lamar Jackson issue of Sports Illustrated. Steve left about 11:30 and handed the reigns over to Jeremy as Cardinal forever Ibn Green came on to talk about his premonition from the CSZ Kickoff party. CSZ’ers LJ & Justin called in to make predictions as well. If you missed it earlier then you MUST check it out now! The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to you by JB’S Pub on Central alongside of Doug Budd at Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net.
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The FIRST AP College Football Poll of the season was released this morning. Where did the Cards and the rest of the ACC show up? Check it out below….
Here is my game by game predictions for the 2016 football season. Las Vegas has set the regular season win total at 9.5 games. I believe it’s a wise bet to take the over. Usually when I say to take the over it’s my heart talking but after looking at each game I believe the Cards can very realistically win eleven games but my head says that there might be one game that we slip up that we shouldn’t so ten wins is a safer bet. It’s still over the Vegas total. I pride myself in not getting caught up in the hype and I always keep it real with you even though you might not always like me for it. So here is the ugly truth. Since Petrino returned to Louisville they are 0-4 vs Clemson and Florida State. They are 0-6 vs ranked teams (No, Notre Dame was not ranked and we were ranked 24th). I believe this is the year that all changes. As of now we have 3 chances to beat a ranked team. I think we win 2 of them. I truly believe Louisville wins 11 regular season games this year. That look that Petrino has in his eye, that grin he carries with him at every media appearance and that slightly elevated happy tone in his voice reminds me of Rick Pitino just before the start of the 2013 year and we all know how that turned out (No I don’t think Louisville will win a championship but it could be one of the best years ever). Just like Pitino, Petrino knows he has something special with this team.
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I know you all are itching intensely for some Louisville Football. I intend to scratch that itch today. Well not me per say but I bring you something to scratch that itch. Does that make me a back scratcher? WHERE AM I GOING WITH THIS??? Sorry, Let’s get back on track. Today Athlon Sports released a list of Louisville’s toughest games and ranks them in such order. Who is the toughest on the schedule? What does Athlons think about UofL Football? Here is an excerpt from the story.
For the last five seasons, the ACC champion has either been the Clemson Tigers or the Florida State Seminoles. If there’s one team that could change that, it is the Louisville Cardinals. After beginning the 2015 season just 2-4, head coach Bobby Petrino‘s Cardinals won six out of their last seven games to finish 8-5. With 16 returning starters, Louisville is a dark horse pick to win the ACC championship this fall. The road through the ACC won’t be an easy one as the Cardinals will have to play both Florida State and Clemson since all three are in the Atlantic Division. Louisville also has a tough non-conference slate with road games to Houston and Marshall on tap.
The ACC Network has been a hot button topic as of late. With the member institutions wanting to make as much money as possible, things are been discussed on just how to attain this goal. One thing that has been discussed in depth is the nine game conference schedule which would be a one game increase. How would that help you may ask? It would be one more game against a school in your conference. More money for your conference schools and if the quality of the league is high, it is another way to build conference prestige. This isn’t the first time that increasing the number of conference games has come up:
The conference last addressed the eight/nine football question at its 2014 spring meetings, and it was a most lively debate, with the status-quo eight prevailing 8-6. Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock, mere months onto the job, voted with the majority, his Virginia counterpart, Craig Littlepage, the minority.
Our good friends at Campus Insiders have done something pretty great. I am not saying others do not do this. I am just saying I haven’t seen this done before. They took on the task of ranking every single division 1 team. I am going to list for you the opponents on Louisville’s schedule so that you can see what we are up against this season. It is a schedule with 3 top 25 teams on it, 2 within the first 5 games. I am also going to show you Louisville’s rank as well the entire list will be at your fingertips at the end. Let’s start off with:
The closer we get to football season a few things start to happen. More new polls come out. (Don’t worry, we won’t show you the ken’s back yard pre-season top 25). The excitement starts to pick up. This year, more people beginning to talk about Louisville Football has been added into the mix. Which has also added to the excitement. We are currently planning a Clemson trip and I am looking forward to that immensely. Watson vs Jackson. Almost sounds like a presidential debate but trust me these two will not bore your pants off. Light them on fire maybe but not a bit boring. The entire ACC Atlantic for that fact has focused on Offense this Spring. Let’s take a look at a few teams and what they are focusing on according to Joedy McCrary from the Associated Press.
The Cards will play Clemson tonight at approximately 5:45. Stay tuned to @CardSportsZone on Twitter for exact time once announced.
Although the Louisville Cardinals are currently not ranked in the Top 25, there are still some intriguing games this weekend, highlighted by an ACC clash between (1) Florida State and (22) Clemson. Quarterback Jameis Winston will not play in the first half, so this one could get interesting. Personally, I would still love to see the Seminoles undefeated when they visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on October 30.
If you aren’t going to make the playoff, I know that rankings don’t matter too much, but of course you still want your team to be ranked. Louisville has some ground to make up, as they are the last team on “others receiving votes” in the AP poll. That essentially has them ranked 44th. Speaking of that, the ACC has three teams knocking on the door of being ranked: North Carolina (26), Duke (27), and Virginia Tech (29).
The action starts tonight as (5) Auburn hits the road to face (20) Kansas State in what is sure to be a rowdy environment.
(20) Kansas State vs (5) Auburn 7:30 ESPN
(11) Michigan State vs Eastern Michigan 12:00 Big Ten Network
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.
As most of you all know by now, Senior Wide Reciever Devante Parker was injured Friday night. A lot of people are out there wondering and asking what could be wrong? Well I attempt to give you the 3 most likely scenarios.
Today at ACC Media Days the ACC released their preseason voting lists and they are as follows:
The Cards coming in at 3rd in the Atlantic Division is about spot on if you ask me. Don’t see many scenarios where the Cards should be ahead of FSU or Clemson in this preseason. With that being said I (even if in the minority) expect the Cards to walk out of Clemson with a W. So lets not forget this is just preseason😉
247Sports released an article by JC Shurburtt in which he called Louisville a “Darkhorse” to make the College Football Playoff. This is something none of us really expect this year but also understand Bobby has enough pieces that it very well could happen. For that to happen the Cards would have to beat (at least win 3 of 4) FSU, Clemson, ND, and Miami. Apparently the assumption of that happening is laughable to our ACC counterparts: