If Saturday’s homecoming matchup against NC State isn’t enough for you, we’ve got another slate of games for you to watch with the playoff bid still alive. Here’s what we have suggested.
Miami at Virginia Tech (Tonight, 7:00 pm, ESPN)
In all likelihood, the winner of this will settle the ACC Coastal Division. If Virginia Tech wins, it will likely narrow the race down to the Hokies and Pittsburgh, who will have their turn with the Panthers next Thursday. If Miami wins, it’ll be down to the Tar Heels and Panthers. Plus, Thursday nights in Blacksburg are always fun to watch. Isaiah Ford (VT) and Stacy Coley (Miami) are two explosive playmakers that can make this game fun to watch.
BYU at #14 Boise State (Tonight, 10:15 pm, ESPN)
In a rare doubleheader of college football, Boise State has a rare spotlight game against a competitive BYU football team. With the Broncos eyeing another New Year’s Six bowl bid, this is a key game in their schedule to help their chances of beating out the likes of Houston and Western Michigan. QB Mark Rypien and WR Thomas Sperbeck are a solid QB/WR duo for the Mountain West. Taysom Hill, who has seemingly been at BYU for 1,000 years, returns to his home state in what has become one of the better rivalries out west.
#1 Alabama v. #6 Texas A&M (Saturday, 3:30 pm, CBS)
For those going to the homecoming game (or watching on ESPN Saturday), this is the game to watch Saturday afterwards. This will either solidify Alabama as an overwhelmingly dominant, all-but-given, SEC West champion (unless Auburn or LSU pull off a wild upset), or have the SEC West wide open with a shocking A&M win. Trevor Knight already beat Alabama once in the Sugar Bowl in 2014, will he join Chad Kelly as the only QB to topple Saban’s Tide twice in the last five seasons?
Kentucky v. Mississippi State (Saturday, 7:30 pm, SEC Network)
You might say you’re better off watching other games as rival fans, and what I’ll say may surprise a lot of you. But, if Kentucky can get bowl eligibility by winning three games against Mississippi State, at Missouri and Austin Peay, that can help Louisville’s strength of schedule. And if Louisville wins out, that will certainly help their argument for the CFP as an at-large bid. On top of Syracuse upsetting the Hokies last week, Louisville’s overall strength of schedule is trending up as of late. This is also a must-win for head coach Mark Stoops, who suddenly has three very winnable games to finally get Kentucky bowl eligible.
#2 Ohio State at Penn State (Saturday, 8:00 pm, ABC)
Another week, another demanding road test for the Buckeyes as they go from Wisconsin to Happy Valley in back-to-back weeks. The Buckeyes have been tested many times at Penn State the last couple of years, and Saquan Barkley (Penn State) is one of the best running backs in the conference. James Franklin is still lacking a marquee win as the Nittany Lions’ head coach, and is likely under pressure to either get a huge win or at least make it competitive.
#10 Wisconsin at Iowa: Noon ESPN (Wisconsin by 3)
TCU at #12 WVU: 3:30 ABC (WVU by 6)
Illinois at #3 Michigan: 3:30 Big10 Network (Michigan by 36)
Purdue at #8 Nebraska: 3:30 ABC (Nebraska by 24)
Oregon State at #4 Washington: 6:30 Pac12 Network (Washington by 37)
There’s never a bad reason to throw up a picture of my guy THE Redbird. Go to his Twitter and vote for him for best Louisville fan mascot. @the_redbird7. Now on to business. Here is the list of games for us to watch for this weekend. I compiled them & Justin Krueger aka JK (patent pending) (hot dogs are not sandwiches) broke them down. We hope you enjoy.
Games to Watch:
Alabama at Tennessee, 3:30 ET, CBS: With Louisville hosting its blackout game tomorrow night, this should be the game that is on everyone’s radar for Saturday. Tennessee has pulled off some impressive feats on the road already, including downing Florida and Georgia and nearly pulling off another comeback win at Texas A&M. If Josh Dobbs can get the offense going, Alabama could be in for a tough night, and an Alabama loss could ignite some chaos in the SEC’s playoff race.
Ohio State at Wisconsin, 8:00 ET, ABC:
The matchup everyone will be watching will be Ohio State’s vaunted offense against Wisconsin’s impressive defense. Wisconsin has been the big surprise of the Big Ten this season, with solid defensive performances against an LSU team with Leonard Fournette and held Michigan to 14 points. An Ohio State loss at any point would create a ton of chaos in the Big Ten’s CFP picture, but Wisconsin may arguably have the best shot at taking them down.
Nebraska at Indiana, 3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2:
Wisconsin has been the surprise of the Big Ten, but Nebraska has also quietly entered the top ten of the polls after an early-season victory against Oregon. Nebraska could be in for a tough road test against an Indiana team that just beat Michigan State at home, and has also challenged the likes of Michigan and Ohio State last year under head coach Kevin Wilson.
West Virginia at Texas Tech, noon, FS1: The Big XII may not have any legitimate threats to the CFP at this time, but they still have two undefeated teams and WVU happens to be one of them. The Mountaineers might have their toughest test to date against a Texas Tech team that has one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Patrick Mahomes, and a loss would leave Baylor as the lone undefeated team in the Big XII.
North Carolina at Miami, 3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN2: We all thought the Coastal was going to be substantially weaker than the Atlantic, but it turns out that the Coastal has produced some good teams this season. The Tar Heels and Hurricanes stand out as the two favorites for the division title, and may be of interest if one of them meets Clemson – or possibly Louisville – in the conference championship. The focus will be on the quarterback duel between Mitch Trubisky (UNC) and Brad Kaaya (Miami), the latter of whom could be a potential top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Ryan Switzer and Stacy Coley are two exciting playmakers that will likely contribute in a potential shootout between these two teams.
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 FIRST AP College Football Poll of the season was released this morning. Where did the Cards and the rest of the ACC show up? Check it out below….
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The ACC Network has been a hot button topic as of late. With the member institutions wanting to make as much money as possible, things are been discussed on just how to attain this goal. One thing that has been discussed in depth is the nine game conference schedule which would be a one game increase. How would that help you may ask? It would be one more game against a school in your conference. More money for your conference schools and if the quality of the league is high, it is another way to build conference prestige. This isn’t the first time that increasing the number of conference games has come up:
The conference last addressed the eight/nine football question at its 2014 spring meetings, and it was a most lively debate, with the status-quo eight prevailing 8-6. Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock, mere months onto the job, voted with the majority, his Virginia counterpart, Craig Littlepage, the minority.
Here are the to win the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball championship via espn.com and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
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On our latest show on 93.9 The Ville, we started off weird. We opened with uk and had Cal accurately predict a loss to Kansas. Good ole J.R. (Justin Renck, no relation to Jim Ross) had to leave but business picked up when we welcomed Howie Lindsey, host of the Howie Lindsey show, M-F from 10-12 on 93.9 FM, on to the show. Howie came on to give you all the insight on the huge recruiting weekend for Louisville Football. We talked about just how important we thought this Virginia game was and how could it help the Cards’ Monday night showdown with #2 UNC? Steve & Jeremy’s predictions were not even close! We had several first time callers and it was awesome, keep tuning in and calling in! Check us out every Saturday morning from 10-11 on 93.9 The Ville, and click below to listen to this episode. The Cardinal Sports Zone show is brought to by Doug Budd and Red Edge Realty and homesforsaleinlouisville.net. Special Thanks go out to Michael Puckett and Western-Southern Life.
The Cards will play Clemson tonight at approximately 5:45. Stay tuned to @CardSportsZone on Twitter for exact time once announced.
Tomorrow the ACC will announce the Men’s College Basketball pairings for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. The Cards will begin their first season of play in the ACC this season and it is one that will set up some blockbuster match ups for Pitino and company. A lot of questions will be answered tomorrow:
Who will the Cards play twice?
Will the Cards go to the Dean Dome or Cameron?
Will the ACC take the Big East approach and have the Cards play Duke, UNC, and Cuse all twice?
All these questions and more will be answered tomorrow at 11 AM so have your calenders out and ready!
The ACC pairings will be released on their website TheACC.com