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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The times have been set for Friday’s Sweet 16 games.
(2) Michigan vs (11) Tennessee 7:15 CBS
(4) Louisville vs (8) Kentucky 9:45 CBS (tip is approximately 30 minutes after the previous game ends.)
(3) Iowa State vs (7) UConn 7:27 TBS
(1) Virginia vs (4) Michigan State 9:57 TBS (tip is approximately 30 minutes after the previous game ends.)
By Justin Renck:
I said I would not make a post for every single update, and I haven’t. But when there is significant progress or news, it will get posted. As we at CSZ already knew, but were not sure it would be made public, Charlie Strong did have an offer from Tennessee that he turned down.
Now it is being reported that UofL is working on a contract extension for Coach Strong. This was first reported on twitter from Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) of the Courier-Journal. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) later confirmed the news.
Assuming all of this is true, and of course I do assume that as this point, I’d expect we will soon hear of a significant raise and extension for Coach Strong. To turn town Tennessee and stay at UofL would speak volumes, and he could see a major payday coming.
There has not been a press conference, or nothing confirmed 100%, but it looks pretty close!
By Justin Renck:
What a rollercoaster story this has been! This has blown conference news out of the water when it comes to how many times I have heard things go back and forth. As of right now (8:05 a.m.), nothing is official, but things are leaning a certain way, so here is the update…