We are officially halfway through the season, and Louisville has surpassed all expectations and become a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. However, Louisville may – or may not – need some help down the road to complete its first ever playoff bid. And with only four teams entering the playoff, the air is going to get incredibly thin at the mountaintop, so it’ll be of interest to see how the nation plays out for Louisville’s CFP campaign.
Here are some teams to watch in the coming weeks that could challenge Louisville’s run to its first ever CFP bid.
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More and more game times are being released as we get closer to the season. Today it was it was the November 17th match up with Houston.
There is always confusion on what channel the game is on if it isn’t on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. When they say “regional sports network affiliates” it just raises questions. So here is where you can catch the Cards against Houston on Saturday at noon. Along with ESPN3, the game will be shown on…
COACH PETRINO: We’re coming off a tough loss at Auburn where we kind of gave some opportunities away in the first half where we could have got points on the board offensively, then gave them seven points. I thought overall defensively, we played well with the exception of the first series of the third quarter. Offensively we got a spark in the second half with Lamar Jackson coming in as quarterback, our young receivers making some big plays for us.
I’m excited about the week. I think our players are doing a good job preparing for us. We play a very good Houston team here at home.
Question: Talk about Jamari Staples, wide receiver. What kind of player do you have with him and how is he coming along? Talk about how you landed him from UAB when UAB canceled their football program.
ESPN.com writers Andrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna each chose an ACC team that they feel has the toughest football schedule in 2015 (among ACC teams of course). Andrea chose the Miami Hurricanes, who I wish we played every season by the way. Matt went with Louisville, and the first part of the schedule is the main factor.
ESPN.com has been putting out posts recently about the toughest three-game stretch for ACC teams this upcoming football season. They could very well be doing it for other conferences as well, but I have only kept up with the ACC blog to this point. Yesterday, David Hale released his three-game stretch for Louisville that will be the toughest. Not a big surprise, but it is the first three games of the season.
The Cards open against Auburn, who could be a top 5 team to start the season, then host Houston and Clemson in the span of just 6 days. Here is what Hale says:
Well we got ourselves a “nooner.” The word, although not recognized by this WordPress document due to the squiggly red line underneath, is definitely one that Louisville football fans can understand.
The first home game of the 2015 season for the Cards will be on September 12 against Houston. And yes, it will be a nooner on the ACC Regional Sports Network. I believe that usually means WAVE 3 or WHAS 11 locally.
18/14 Louisville Cardinals (14-3, 3-1) vs Houston Cougars (10-6, 2-1)
Date: Thursday January 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center
TV: CBS Sports Network (Dave Ryan, Pete Gillen, Evan Washburn)
Radio: WHAS 840 AM (Paul Rogers and Bob Valvano)
Series Record: UofL leads 13-5
Last Meeting: Houston won 70-67 (Jan. 5, 2005 in Houston)
Officials: Karl Hess, Bryan Kersey, Michael Stephens
The time and channel have been set for Louisville’s next home football game against the Houston Cougars on Saturday November 16. The game will kickoff at 7:00 pm ET and be shown on ESPNU.
This game gets a LOT bigger if Houston can beat UCF this Saturday. If that happens, and the Cards beat Houston, and then Houston does not lose anymore, the Cards would almost certainly win the 3-way tie between themselves, Houston, and UCF and win the BCS bid. Houston plays at UCF this Saturday at 7:00 on ESPN2.
There are some exciting games this week in college football. The great thing about Louisville playing a weeknight game (to me) is getting to enjoy watching other games all day Saturday. Teams in the Top 10 have some tough match-ups, highlighted by a pair of Top 5 teams squaring off. That surely gives Louisville the chance to make a move in the polls, but will a team jump ahead of the Cards? Here are the games to keep an eye on this weekend! (Once again, this is using the USA Today/Coaches Poll)