Another day, another big time commitment for the University of Louisville.
Defensive back Russ Yeast, who was the #4 rated player in the state of Indiana on 24/7 Sports, commits to Louisville almost a week after the Cards grabbed another top recruit in four-star running back Colin Wilson. Yeast chose the Cardinals over Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky, whom Yeast had committed to prior to his announcement today.
Yeast joins his father, Craig, as a potential second-generation college football player. Craig Yeast played as a wide receiver for Kentucky from 1995-1998, and played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.
With Yeast’s commitment to the Cardinals, Louisville now has 23 commitments in the 2017 class, while ranked in the top 30 on both ESPN and Scout’s rankings. Louisville’s class is ranked as high as 23rd on Scout.com, and could be trending up with this commitment.
After what many considered to be a sub par performance against Duke last week, the Louisville football team bounced back in impressive fashion. The Cardinals thumped the Wolfpack from the opening snap and never looked back. The final score read Louisville 54-N.C. State 13, and it could’ve been worse had it not been for a scoreless 3rd quarter from the Cards.
Last Time: The Duke Blue Devils marched to a 13-point lead in the second half, but behind Damion Lee’s 24 points, the Cardinals were able to rally back and take a 71-64 win over the Blue Devils, avenging their loss two weeks earlier at Cameron Indoor Arena.
Wait a minute, this is football we’re talking about here. Duke and Louisville have only played each other once, a 40-3 blowout victory for the Cardinals in 2002. Dave Ragone went 23/34 for 258 yards and two touchdowns, while Henry Miller accounted for 92 yards and a touchdown in the blowout victory. Louisville overcame four turnovers while holding Duke to 175 total yards.
Before this football season started we as Louisville fans had high expectations. We heard Robert Patrick Petrino say the goal was to win a national championship and he wanted to get back to lighting up the scoreboard. Petrino’s words did nothing to temper expectations. Most realistic Louisville fans knew that winning a national championship was a long shot. Making the college football playoffs seemed like a long shot also but most believed that we had a better shot to make the playoffs than Kentucky had to make a bowl game. So you’re saying there’s a chance. Read the rest of this entry
USA Today has an updated list of projections for every bowl game. There are only two schools from the state of Kentucky projected to play in a bowl game this year. Check out the list to see who they are and the bowl game they are projected to play. Read the rest of this entry
After Louisville made its inaugural trip to Death Valley in 2014, all I heard about was what a great experience it was and how nice everyone was. The epic stories made it seem like it was some sort of college football heaven. I just had to see what it was all about. I planned on making the return trip long before we knew it was going to be a top 5 matchup.
As we pulled into Clemson the first thing we heard was someone yelling ” go back to Kentucky.” I was so pleased to hear that because I needed the Clemson fans to not be as hospitable as advertised. Well, that was the last negative remark I heard for 2 days.
After hours of tailgating, where every Clemson fan felt the need to welcome us and tell us good luck, we decided to hop on the shuttle to the stadium. Turns out the shuttle we boarded drops you off at the library. We must have looked lost after departing the shuttle because this beautiful young co-ed walked up to our group of six decked out in Cardinal gear and asked in the sweetest souther draw, ” Ya”ll need some help?” She pointed us in the right direction and wished us luck.
We stopped at the student union to get a bite to eat before entering the stadium. The counter worked greeted us with ” welcome to Clemson, what can I get for you today?” I was thinking you could get me a barf bag because I am getting sick of all this fake friendliness. Nobody can be this nice. Especially a whole community other than Chick-Fil-A workers.
Clemson fans, I hate you! I needed you to be hostile. I needed you to be offensive towards me and my Cardinal gear to prove that we were a threat. To prove that you took us seriously. I needed your southern hospitality and friendliness to be a facade. I needed it to be a front for the true evil and hatred for us. I so wanted you to be Darth Vader dressed in an Easter Bunny costume. I though bringing the third ranked team to your house would bring out your true colors. Apparently, those are your true colors and I respect you. Thank you for a great time. We look forward to hosting you in our house next year.
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.
Last Time: In a primetime Thursday night thriller, Louisville fell short against the Tigers 20-17. Louisville cut the lead in the fourth quarter on a 100-yard return from Traveon Samuel, and had one final possession to tie the game after missing a field goal. However, a botched snap in field goal range and an intercepted Hail Mary ended Louisville’s hope of an upset bid, sending them to 0-3 for the first time since 1984.
Clemson currently leads the series 2-0, with both games decided by three points.
About the Clemson Tigers
Clemson has, quite literally, everything you want in college football; top five head coach (Dabo Swinney), an elite quarterback (Deshaun Watson), incredible skill players (Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams, etc.) and a good defense. There’s a reason this team was a kickoff return touchdown away from their first national championship since 1981.
The Louisville Cardinals have just started their third season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The first two football seasons were successful but both contained close losses to perennial conference and national power Clemson. The unanimous takeaway from both fan bases is just how friendly and hospitable the other fans were during their visits to the opposing schools. A mutual respect between Clemson and Louisville was earned and expected to continue. But will it continue after about 8:22 of Saturday night?
“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”
Good morning to all of you. The BHK is upset he let Marshall cause him to have heart palpitations all of last week despite being reassured by 90% of CardNation there was nothing to worry about. My apologies to the court for my pessimism, I will do better. Nonetheless, I will now read my observations of the Marshall game.
- The BHK is aware that Marshall University is not the same as West Virginia University. From what i have heard and read it appears that Marshall fans were very welcoming and friendly. Still, this was a trip I refused to take (see opening statement for my reason)
For the first time all season, the Louisville offense appeared out of sorts in the first quarter. Lamar started the game missing receivers, forcing passes, and the running game was never really there for the speedy quarterback. Once the offense settled down, we saw the nation’s top ranked offense do what we’ve become accustomed to, put a lot of points on the scoreboard.
Louisville’s offense recorded a season low 7 points in the first quarter. Then the second quarter began. Lamar found his tight end, Cole Hikutini in the end zone twice, ran for a score, and then found Reggie Bonnafon in the end zone to close out a 28 point second quarter to go into halftime up 35-7. The announcers were not shy in their disappointment in the Louisville offense early on. It seemed as though no matter what the offense did right, there was always something they could’ve been doing better. As a fan, I’ve never experienced a team being so critiqued while building an insurmountable lead but that’s where we are now in the program which is a great thing.
Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium set an attendance record with 55,632 people watching Louisville defeat 2nd ranked Florida State on Saturday September 17th. Even though it was the largest crowd ever, there was one person not in attendance. 7-year old Bryson Betts is a huge Cardinal fan but wasn’t able to witness history because he was resting in his hospital bed after approximately 8 hours of brain surgery. Read the rest of this entry
“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”
May the court excuse the fact that I have showed up this morning wearing a wife beater and luau shorts. I am still celebrating the weekend that was, and if you have an issue with that please see yourself out. I will be reading my notes from the book of Louisville, Chapter L1 verse C4. (Clears throat):
- First and foremost the BHK would like to thank the good folks over at 93.9 The Ville for showcasing the 35th and KY Sports Show during their 24 hour pregame show. It was a tremendous opportunity and we were honored to be a part of it.
- The BHK threw his back out last week trying to pump iron at the gym. But I was determined to get to GameDay and PJCS, even if I had to crawl.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach make their bowl projections after the week 3 games. Can Louisville make it to the college football playoffs or will they make a New Years Day bowl game? I am usually not a fan of bowl projections this early in the season but man is it fun to think about playing for a national championship and if nothing else, it’s fun to see that the rest of the world is finally taking us seriously. Here is the bowl projections… Read the rest of this entry
Las Vegas has released the updated odds to win the national championship and Louisville it trending in the right direction. If you truly believed that Louisville was going to win in May you could have received 100-1 odds. Prior to the FSU win you could have bet Louisville at 25-1. Now you are not going to win as much money if they win. Here are the newly updated odds…. Read the rest of this entry
Andrea Adelson is the best staff writer at ESPN. If you read her work you would agree. Thankfully she covers the ACC and we as Louisville fans get to enjoy her work. You are really going to love this piece….
You can follow Andrea on Twitter.
Last Time: After Louisville held a 7-6 halftime lead, Florida State responded with 35 second-half points to overpower Louisville in a 41-21 win in Tallahassee. Everett Golson led the way with 372 yards and three touchdowns, while Dalvin Cook ended up with 163 yards and two touchdowns. Lamar Jackson led the way for Louisville with a season-high 307 yards and three touchdowns, all to James Quick.
Florida State leads the overall series 14-2, with Louisville’s last win in 2002.
About the Florida State Seminoles
One of the top programs in college football, Florida State has been at or near the top of the ACC for what seems like forever.
Now 2-0 and ranked #2 in the country behind Alabama, Florida State was tabbed as one of the preseason favorites to win the ACC, and potentially adding another national championship. As usual with Florida State, this team has a lot of impressive talent and great speed on both sides of the ball. Deondre Francois inherits the starting quarterback position after Everett Golson graduated last season. Francois’s main criticism was that he was not accurate enough in high school, but he showed a lot of poise and accuracy after throwing for 419 yards and two touchdowns against a strong Ole Miss pass rush. But while it is one thing to start your first two games on a neutral field and at home, it’s another to go on your first true road game in a situation like tomorrow’s. Luckily for Francois, he will have a bevy of talented skill players around him, including Heisman candidate Dalvin Cook and a trio of superb receivers.
Unless you live under a rock or maybe in Lexington, you have heard that ESPN College GameDay will be broadcasting from Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on Saturday September 17th for the noon kickoff of Louisville vs. Florida State. This will be the first time that Louisville has hosted GameDay but hopefully not the last. This is Louisville’s second appearance on GameDay. The first was January 2nd 2013 vs Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Louisville won the game played in New Orleans, La. 33-23. Read the rest of this entry
I have been completely immersed in college football this week. I have read almost every article and heard every radio host break down the Louisville vs. Florida State game. I have heard and read everything there is to know about ESPN college GAMEDAY. Armed with all that information, I still find myself searching and reading more articles. That’s when I stumbled upon this magnificent piece by Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat.
This is a must read for Cardinal fans……. Read the rest of this entry