Florida State has been tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the ACC Baseball Championship, with 10 of 14 first place votes. Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina and NC State also nabbed one first place vote each for the overall conference title.
The Tar Heels were selected as the ACC Coastal Division preseason favorites, narrowly edging out Virginia and Miami (FL). Louisville finished second behind the Seminoles as the ACC Atlantic Division favorites.
The ACC as a whole continues its baseball dominance, with the most ranked teams (eight) across the D1baseball, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls. Louisville enters the 2017 season ranked 7th in the Baseball America Top 25, 11th on Collegiate Baseball and 12th on D1baseball.com.
The Cardinals open their season on February 17th-19th in Clearwater, FL against Alabama State, Maryland and Ball State. The Cardinals open their home slate against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky on February 22nd, with a home game at Louisville Slugger Field on April 26th against another in-state foe, Northern Kentucky. U of L hopes to rebound from another crushing defeat in the Super Regionals and make their third College World Series in the last five years.
After a tough loss Saturday on the road to the now No. 6 Florida State Seminoles, the now No. 13 Louisville Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh for another ACC road test. The game starts at 7pm tonight and can be seen on ESPNU.
Louisville has seen Pittsburgh once already this season, a game that the Cardinals handled easily but a late Pitt surge made the score closer than the game actually was. Louisville won that game 85-80, but led by double digits for 75% of the game. That win gave Louisville its 9th straight over the Panthers, tonight they’ll look to extend that streak to double digits.
The No. 12 Louisville Cardinals suffered their 4th loss of the season today to No. 10 Florida State on the road by a score of 73-68.
In a game in which the Cardinals never led, Louisville squandered virtually every opportunity it had to take control of the game. Tony Hicks scored 16 points and while his last shot wasn’t a good one, fans desperately need to relax with their criticism of the grad-student’s play today. Hicks was the only consistent offense the Cards had all game, aside from Mangok Mathiang who added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The No. 12 Louisville Cardinals travel to Tallahassee to face the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles today at 2pm on ESPN. Today’s game marks the end of a 6-game stretch against top-25 ranked opponents, a stretch that the Seminoles have taken advantage of with a record of 4-1 with the lone loss coming at UNC after FSU throttled Duke 88-72.
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.
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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.|