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BucketHatism: Slapd*cks (Or Kentucky)

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“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. The BHK would ask that the court ignores the fact he showed up today wearing a wife beater, some gym shorts, and reeking of alcohol.  I think I owe it to myself, matter of fact we all do after the worst weekend in Cardinal history and it was not even close.  It like all the games we had some bad juju in but still managed to win all got together and decided to nut-punch us when it mattered.  Seriously, and this may be the hangover talking, it appears that the juju from Duke, Virginia, and the Wake Forest game all got together and said “hey let Louisville feel great now and over the last 2 weeks of the season lets completely f*** them up. And while we’re at it, lets dropkick their men’s and women’s basketball teams just for good measure because if we are gonna go full-juju we are gonna do it right”.

So sorry if I am a bit bitter this glorious Monday morning but it has been a long 72 hours and I just want to get some sleep.  As always I took notes down while I was sober and I am going to read them to the court.

Anybody moves, anybody says anything, you will be removed from the court by @beerwencha2.  Don’t let the glass of wine she is holding fool you, she does yoga and has 30 books under her belt.  It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

  • Look, I have told you all the signs of bad juju earlier this season and I am not about to go back and rehash the same conversation. But as a Louisville fan, you just know when something is off. Upon waking up on Saturday morning I just knew we would play like sh*t.  I guess it is my sixth sense. Cold, dreary day.  Not a lot of excitement heading into the stadium. Appeared everyone was hungover from turkey day and Friday leftovers.  Plus the noon kickoff never helps.

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Louisville vs Kentucky: Postgame Recap

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

In the shock of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats came into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium a 26.5 point underdog, but left victors of the Battle for Governor’s Cup by a final score of 41-38. With barely over a minute to go, the Cardinal offense had the ball at the UK 9-yard line and it appeared as though the Cards would escape with a narrow victory. A Lamar Jackson fumble, followed by a 47-yard field goal from Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis with 12 seconds left sealed the fate of the home team.

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Louisville v. Kentucky Preview

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Photo Credit: Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader

Last Time: Down 21-0, Bobby Petrino replaced Kyle Bolin with Lamar Jackson, and the Cardinals completed the largest comeback victory in the rivalry’s history. Louisville scored 31 unanswered points in the second half, en route to a 38-24 win in Lexington. Jackson ran for a then-school record 186 yards as a quarterback with two rushing touchdowns, and added a passing touchdown to James Quick. Louisville held Kentucky’s passing game down, keeping starting quarterback Drew Barker at 6-for-22 for 128 yards.

The Cards and the Cats are currently tied 14-14 all-time, but Louisville has won the last five games.

About the Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats enter this week’s game at 6-5, finally bowl eligible for the first time in the Mark Stoops era. It was noted that the last two seasons, Louisville ended Kentucky’s bowl aspirations each time, but now it will be interesting to see where Stoops’ team will be mentally, after achieving bowl eligibility against Austin Peay last week.

It didn’t start out that way, though. After two crushing losses to Southern Miss and Florida, Stoops turned to JUCO transfer Stephen Johnson as the new quarterback, who has since given the Kentucky offense a new wrinkle that has kept them alive. The offense doesn’t go into a pass-first mode anymore; they now run the ball with an impressive stable of running backs, and then parlay that into deep shots down the field with guys like Jeff Badet. It’s a simple formula, but it’s given Kentucky its best offense in the Stoops era and why they’re bowl eligible.

On defense, Mark Stoops was known as a great mind at Florida State, but Kentucky’s has not been as impressive in 2016. They have a solid linebacker group and a decent duo at cornerback, but the rest leave a lot to be desired going against better, faster athletes in space. But a good running game will grind the clock and keeps opposing offenses – and respectively, Kentucky’s maligned defense – off the field; it’s why the Dallas Cowboys have been so successful in the NFL, and why Kentucky can realistically compete against Louisville tomorrow.

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BucketHatism: Houston

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

(sips bourbon)  Morning, afternoon, whatever. The BHK has stumbled into the courtroom today after one of the most frustrating losses he is ever had to sit through.  Before we begin, yes I am drinking at work and no your feelings about it are not going to be taken into consideration.  Through the last 11 games we have seen the highs and lows of a season. We have tackled Death Valley, while covering what does and does not constitute as bad juju.  We have mocked commentators and got blocked by Tom Davis. We have made friends and enemies with Slim Tully.  We have even instituted the chicken prance into our daily routine.  Despite what happened in Houston last night, this season was one of the best ones I have ever been a part of and we still have 2 games and a Heisman ceremony left.

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Louisville at Houston Preview

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Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

Where to Watch: 8:00 ET Tonight, ESPN

Betting Line: LOU -14.5, O/U 68.5

Last Time: In a tight contest throughout, Houston forced four turnovers in the game and got a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to upset Louisville 34-31. Greg Ward had 334 total yards (236 passing, 98 rushing) and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars, while Lamar Jackson was benched in the fourth quarter for Kyle Bolin. Bolin led two fourth quarter touchdown drives but fell short in the end, as a game-tying 53-yard field goal was tipped and fell short.

The all-time series between the Cougars and Cardinals is tied at 8-8.

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Petrino Is Building Momentum In Recruiting

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Photo Cred Bleacherreport

When Bobby Petrino was brought back to coach the University of Louisville we all knew it was a matter of time before he got a roster full of “his guys.” Recruiting has really started to pick up and people are noticing. ESPN’s Tom Vanhaaren wrote a great piece about it. Enjoy … Read the rest of this entry

Can Louisville Beat Alabama? Ranking The Six Teams That Could

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ESPN has picked the top six candidates that could face Alabama in a playoff and ranked them in order of their ability to challenge the Tide. It’s no surprise that Louisville is on this list. You might be surprised where they ranked Louisville. This is what ESPN’s Alex Scarborough wrote about Louisville … Read the rest of this entry

David Hale: Is Louisville “Unequivocally” One Of The Best Four Teams??

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Chaos. It’s what Louisville needs in order to keep its playoff chances alive. The fate of the Cardinals has not been in its hands since early October when Louisville came up one yard short of a first down at Clemson.
Heading into week 11, playoff chances were beginning to look a bit dim. Is Michigan going to lose?? Clemson has been playing with fire all season; will the Tigers finally get burned?? And what about Washington?? Could the Huskies be the real deal??

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Louisville Can Still Make The Playoffs

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We’ve all heard what needs to happen to make the playoffs and everyone has a different opinion. In this link below there is a short video where Andy Staples of campusrush.com talks about Louisville’s chances to make the playoffs. I know it’s an outside chance but I still have faith that Louisville will make it even though my preseason prediction was that Louisville would go 11-1, just miss the playoffs and play in a New Years six bowl game. My opinion is that if Washington loses a game, Michigan beats Ohio State, Clemson wins ACC title game and Louisville doesn’t lose and drops 80 points on UK, then Louisville gets rewarded with a playoff game against Alabama. I also believe that if the playoff committee wants the best 4 teams in the playoff then it should be Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Louisville.

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Louisville v. Wake Forest Preview

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Photo Credit: Chuck Barton/AP

Where to Watch: 7:00 p.m, ESPN2

Betting Line: LOU -35, O/U 55 (ESPN)

Last Time: Forcing five turnovers and holding Wake Forest to a completion under 33%, Louisville escaped Winston-Salem with a 20-19 win over the Demon Deacons. Lamar Jackson had a stellar night passing, going 19-for-26 for 207 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jamari Staples (10 rec., 133 yards). However, Jackson would leave the game early due to injury.

Louisville is undefeated in the series, holding a 3-0 record against Wake Forest (including the 2006 Orange Bowl).

About the Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Entering tomorrow night’s game at Louisville, the Demon Deacons are 6-3, making them bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. Wake Forest accomplished that by winning five of their first six games, including solid road wins against Duke and Indiana. Other than a 33-16 loss against NC State, WF has hung in there against every team, including a 17-6 loss at Florida State.

The fact that Wake Forest was able to hold FSU down to only 17 points on the road is a huge testament to their head coach, Dave Clawson. But they’ve also had a lot of close games, mostly due to a Wake offense that is 119th in the nation. Their defense, however, has kept the Deacons alive in almost every game up to this point, including a +8 in turnover margin (tied for 13th in the nation). You will always stay alive if you can put the ball back in your team’s hands, and that’s where Clawson’s defense has excelled up to this point.

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BucketHatism: Boston College

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“ALL RISE!!! Court is now in session. The honorable Bucket Hat King LJ tha Fiasco presiding. Please be seated and come to order”

*****Editors Note*****

The BHK does not necessarily reflect the ideas, thoughts or mission statement of CSZ.com. I mean he probably does but we are like Bennett and we aren’t in it. So stop telling on him to me.-Jeremy

Good morning folks. Before I begin I want to say if you are a sensitive reader who gets offended by EVERY SINGLE THING on the interwebs stop reading now.  Matter of fact, you may want to stop reading my posts altogether.   I have no time to coddle and pacify  people who follow me and my CSZ crew on Twitter.  A rivalry is just that. You don’t like your opponent, you make fun of their fan base, you take shots at their players (tastefully), and you move on.   Apparently,  a Twitter follower by the name of @RedsFanSince61 was rubbed wrong about comments made toward Patrick Towels that he, king of the internet, deemed hateful.   Yes….THAT Patrick Towles, the same Patrick Towels that sets his alarm each morning to mention Louisville at some point of the day.

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Louisville at Boston College: Postgame Recap

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Photo Credit to Fansided

After the first College Football Playoff Rankings were released on Tuesday, the Louisville Cardinals found themselves on the outside looking in, as expected. What wasn’t expected was how far outside they were. After spending the majority of the season in the top 5 of the polls (#5 in the AP Poll for last few weeks), Louisville was jumped by Ohio State and Texas A&M in the first installation of this year’s College Football Playoff Rankings. Ranked 7th, the Cards still have a shot to get in, but they have to be impressive (I don’t buy the committee saying “margin of victory doesn’t factor in”, Bobby put the committee on the spot with his sportsmanship comment). Anyways, the Louisville Cardinals were exactly that yesterday, impressive. The Cards made a statement with a 52-7 victory over Boston College on the road.

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Louisville at Boston College Preview

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Credit: USA Today Sports via Courier-Journal

Where to Watch: Noon on ESPN2

Odds: LOU -25, O/U 55

Last Time: Louisville grinded out a 17-14 win over Boston College, overcoming four turnovers to start a late-season surge where the Cardinals won six of their final eight games in 2015. Louisville’s defense played an outstanding game, holding a paltry Boston College offense to 79 total yards (-14 rushing). Lamar Jackson had 245 total yards (230 passing, 15 rushing) and a rushing touchdown, while Sheldon Rankins added a 46-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Louisville leads the all-time series 5-3, with the Cardinals winning the last three since joining the ACC.

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Is Louisville Better Than Clemson?

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If you read any college football or ACC social media sites you still see Clemson fans lashing out and belittling Louisville. For the life of me I couldn’t figure it out. I keep thinking, ” Dude, you won. It’s over. Take care of your business and you are in the playoffs. Stop worrying about Louisville.” I truly believe Louisville is the better team but it’s hard to argue that fact when they lost the head to head game. Maybe Clemson fans are starting to see that Louisville is better and that’s why they are being so bitter or maybe because that idea is starting to become the national perception. Here is an ESPN article by Jared Shanker discussing if Louisville is better despite the loss.

Tecmo Bowl Recreates Win Over Virginia

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Everyone loves to remember good times in your life. Spending time with loved ones, playing outside or even just playing games. One of the things I loved growing up was playing Tecmo Bowl. Stayed up all night on the weekends playing entire seasons with my brother Joey and my best friend Roman. Great times. So imagine the thrill when I seen the fine people at Tecmo Bowl recreated “The Drive” from Saturday that kept Lamar firmly atop the Heisman leaderboard and may have solidified it. I had to share it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

(Click more below for both versions: With or without Paul Rogers)

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BucketHatism: Virginia

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“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 folks, the BHK would like to start off the court proceedings by giving a shoutout to the people who make Lisinopril and other blood pressure meds that keep the BHK from having a heart attack while watching the Cards.  We are used to having heart palpitations during basketball season but I don’t need to have them during football season too.  Also, shout out to Tim Sullivan aka Slim Tully who took the time to engage me in Twitter interaction after I lambasted and destroyed him last week. Most guys would block me, like Tom Davis. Most guys would run and hide, like Tom Davis. Most guys would throw rocks from their one bedroom Scott County Indiana apartment and then block me…..like Tom Davis. But not Slim Tully, he indicated he is a “big boy” and I must admit he earned some of my respect.  He lost it again after he posted a Louisville B-ball scandal story smack dab in the middle of a nail-biter Louisville football game.

Anyway, let’s get into the notes I took over the weekend while yelling at my TV and pacing a hole in the floor.   Any outbursts and you will be removed from the court by @VilleSportslaw. He doesn’t take kindly to outbursts and Indiana residents.

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Louisville at Virginia: Postgame Recap

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It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t the way we pictured it, but the number 5 team in the nation got an important road win against Virginia. The Cavaliers always seem to give the Cards a hard time, even and especially when they are over-matched. Two years ago, the Cavaliers pulled off the stunning upset over the then top-25 ranked Cardinals, last year it was battle the whole game with a late score to put the game away, this year’s game followed the same script. The Cardinals found themselves down 10-7 at halftime, the lowest point total in a half this season. And with 1:57 left to play, Louisville found themselves in dangerous territory down 25-24, then Lamar pulled off maybe his most memorable Heisman moment yet.

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CB Russ Yeast Commits to Louisville

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Credit: Indianapolis Star

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.

Louisville vs N.C. State: Postgame Recap

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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.

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Odds & Picks For Louisville vs. NC State

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Photo: bleacherreport.com

Bleacher Report posted this article that is targeted mainly for the college football fan that likes to place a wager on the game. Although I gave up gambling on college athletics long ago, I still find these types of articles very interesting. I love the numbers, statistics, and trends. This article ( link below) will give you the odds, computer generated final score, why NC State can cover the spread, why Louisville can cover the spread, the smart pick and betting trends. This is an interesting  article even though I strongly disagree with the score prediction. My prediction is that Louisville wins 38-17, and you can take that to the bank!  Read the rest of this entry