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CSZ’s Clemson Experience


I have yet to make the trip to Death Valley. 2 years ago it was a death in the family that prevented me & this year me & my wife decided to buy a new home. I know what you are saying, that one is on you. Actually we were not supposed to be buying until November. I had my money for Clemson saved up for Clemson and was pumped. That is until the perfect house and situation popped up 4 months early and my down payment ended up being more. Yes I made the sacrifice but one day I will make it to Death Valley and end this streak. Just so you know I put this loss on me because of it. When it comes to sports I am superstitious even though I know it can get silly. For example, I had mowed my yard every Friday since the season started and we had won and won big. Guess what happened midway through this Fridays mow? It started raining so I only got the front mowed. Is that my fault? Do I take the blame for that or did the man above want us to lose this one to get us focused on a bigger goal? Who knows? I told you superstitions can get silly.


What wasn’t silly is the mass volume of CardNation that did make the trip. As long as we get treated nicely this will become the norm. That stands out. I cannot imagine any place that was more friendly, welcoming or nicer than South Bend. I have however been told by people who went to both that Clemson is. I trust them. Several members of CardinalSportsZone did make it down to Clemson and I wanted to share their stories collectively since they all got great traffic earlier in the week. The reviews were almost unanimously great. As you find everywhere there were a few bad apples and one of our writers found them! Check out they all had to say below. Enjoy!


LJ The Fiasco- Buckethatism: Clemson

Jeff Nunn’s- The Clemson Experience

Paige Sherrard- The Front Paige: Grading Clemson

Louisville vs. Clemson Part 2?


Heather Dinich and Ryan McGee of ESPN talk about a rematch of Louisville vs. Clemson as part of the college football playoffs in this short animated video feature. It’s worth a minute of your time.

Louisville Slugger Field To Host 2017 ACC Baseball Championship



Garett Wall
UofL Baseball SID

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be played at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville as announced by the conference on Tuesday. Originally slated for Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, the 2017 baseball championship was among eight neutral site championships relocated by the ACC.

Louisville Slugger Field, which opened in 2000, boasts a seating capacity of 13,131. Home the Louisville Bats’ minor league team, the stadium played host to the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game and features 32 private suites in addition to second-level club seating.

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Louisville vs Clemson: Postgame Recap


For the first time this season, the Cardinals found themselves on the losing end of the scoreboard when the final whistle blew. It started the way the past two match-ups between these two teams had gone. Louisville’s offense was held without a point in the first quarter for the first time all season, but the defense held the Clemson offense scoreless through the first 15 minutes as well. The 2nd quarter began with the Cardinals deep in Tiger territory. It didn’t take long for the offense to punch in the first touchdown of the game on a Jeremy Smith 1 yard burst. The rest of the 2nd quarter, did not follow the same script.

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CSZ On 93.9 The Ville 10-1-16 With Marques Maybin THE John Ramsey

93.9 The Ville

We had a great time on this mornings episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville! But you already knew that because you tuned into the sunrise to sun down coverage of THE biggest road game in Louisville history as the #3 Louisville Cardinals face off in Death Valley vs the #5 Clemson Tigers! Your host Steve Rummage, Social media guy Jeremy Wahman and the greatest co-hosts in the history of the show, Marques Maybin & THE MAN John Ramsey joined us and it was every bit as glorious as you would have assumed. We talked UL/Clemson, John gave us multiple Ali impersonations (My Favorite) plus talked big play scenarios and re-played a segment from John Ramsey’s show where he talked with Men’s Head Basketball Coach Rick Pitino! Predictions, Lamar talk and much much more! It was the most fun time we have had yet.

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5 Reasons Why Louisville Destroys Clemson


Aaron Torres of Fox sports crunched some numbers and decided that Louisville will destroy Clemson on Saturday night. He gives you 5 reasons why. I hope he is right. Enjoy this read Card fans…… Read the rest of this entry

Uniform Report: Clemson

American Football Close up on Field with yard lines in the distance

Here’s the uniform combo for our matchup vs Clemson.


ESPN Experts Pick The Game


So I thought I would pass this along. After letting Andrea Adelson know that she was my soul friend at gameday, she has broken my heart. I thought about making a snarky comment about how I should have put experts in parentheses but because of Double A, I didn’t. I stumbled upon this list of experts who picked the game between the University of Louisville Cardinals & the Clemson Tigers. David Hale picked us to beat Marshall 1 million to 6 (or something like that) so I’m not sure how to take him. But the rest agreed, the favorite is going down. If it makes you feel better I have the Cards winning 34-17. Here’s the “experts” picks. I almost made it all of the way through.



ACC Powerhouse Clash



This latest video from the ACC Digital Network highlights the epic match up on Saturday night between the #3 Cards & the #5 Tigers.

Next Up In 60: Clemson

Cardinal Sports Zone Show On 93.9 FM The Ville (9-24-16)

93.9 The Ville

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

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Clemson Game Time Announced



We were almost certain that it would be a prime time game and now it has been confirmed.



1st NCAA AP Football Poll Of The Season Released


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….

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Nunnsense: 2016 Louisville Football Game By Game Predictions


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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Pre-Season ACC Football Poll Released


Here are the 2016 ACC Football Media Standings released this morning.


Athlon Ranks The Toughest Games On The Louisville Football Schedule


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.

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Is The ACC Moving Towards A Nine Game Conference Schedule?

Louisville ACC


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.

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Campus Insiders Pre-Season College Football Top 1(25)

Campus Insiders


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:

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ACC Atlantic: Offense Is Good

Louisville ACC


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.

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Baseball Highlights Vs UNC From ACC Tournament


The Cards will play Clemson tonight at approximately 5:45. Stay tuned to @CardSportsZone on Twitter for exact time once announced.

Go Cards!