First things first, wow. What happened inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium yesterday still hasn’t fully hit me yet. The No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles came to Louisville having beaten the Cardinals two times in a row since Louisville joined the ACC. For the first time ever, College Gameday was in town and the city, fans, and players in Louisville uniforms were electric.
One play, 16 seconds, and 72 yards is all it took for the Cardinals to get on the scoreboard on the road against the Orange. A perfectly sold fake (just ask the cameraman) to Brandon Radcliff led to Lamar Jackson finding James Quick in stride en route to the end zone. The Louisville offense looked absolutely unstoppable at times last night. On the contrary, the offense was wildly infuriating at time as well.
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
Nobody seems to be giving the Cards much of a chance when Famous Jameis and the Noles come to town but there are some that believe. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit tweeted this earlier today:
Herbie seen first hand just what Louisville can do to a highly ranked FSU team in 2002.
Will the Cards take down FSU that I don’t know. What I do know is Bobby Petrino will have a game plan that will give the Cards a chance. Even though we got a couple other big games before then I feel safe in saying if the Cards pull this off I may not sleep for the rest of the season. #L1C4
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:
Every week, Jerry Palm of cbssports.com updates his bowl projections for all 35 bowl games. With the Boise State loss on Saturday, the Cards are now projected to play in the Orange Bowl. Last week the projection was for the Sugar Bowl.
|Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.
ACC vs. at-large
|Comment: Florida State will win the ACC and land in Miami. The Orange Bowl gets the final pick and is left with Big East champion Louisville.|