Jaire Alexander just finished his sophomore season and is already a shut down corner. He was graded as PFF’s best corner in college football for the 2016 season and is my favorite player on the team. His interception vs. Clemson in the endzone and against Virginia are two of the best I have ever seen. Enjoy this highlight video from @TTTWILL Read the rest of this entry
The 2016 All ACC football teams were announced today. The teams were voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Louisville had one player voted to the first team offense ans one to the first team defense. “ Florida State junior Dalvin Cook, the ACC’s rushing leader with 1,620 yards, leads the overall voting with 139 points. He is joined on the first team by Louisville sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson, who leads the conference in total offense with 410.7 yards per game and set a conference record for touchdown responsibility with 51 (30 passing, 21 rushing).” Check out the lists and see how much you agree or disagree with their selections.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR, Mike Williams, R-Jr., Clemson, 131 pts
WR, Amba Etta-Tawo, R-Sr., Syracuse, 125
WR, Ryan Switzer, Sr., North Carolina, 107
TE, Jordan Leggett, Sr., Clemson, 95
T, Roderick Johnson, Jr., Florida State, 118
T, Mitch Hyatt, So., Clemson, 104
G, Tyrone Crowder, R-Jr., Clemson, 104
G, Dorian Johnson, Sr., Pittsburgh, 88
C, Jay Guillermo, R-Sr., Clemson, 86
QB, Lamar Jackson, So., Louisville, 125
RB, Dalvin Cook, Jr., Florida State, 139
RB, James Conner, R-Jr., Pittsburgh, 119
PK, Mike Weaver, R-Jr., Wake Forest, 47
Sp., Quadree Henderson, So., Pittsburgh, 103
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DE, DeMarcus Walker, Sr., Florida State, 125
DE, Ejuan Price, R-Sr., Pittsburgh, 107
DT, Carlos Watkins, R-Sr., Clemson, 113
DT, Woody Baron, Sr., Virginia Tech, 79
LB, Ben Boulware, Sr., Clemson, 131
LB, Micah Kiser, Jr., Virginia, 99
LB, Devonte Fields, Sr., Louisville, 70
CB, Tarvarus McFadden, So., Florida State, 113
CB, Cordrea Tankersley, Sr., Clemson, 97
S, Quin Blanding, Jr., Virginia, 100
S, Jadar Johnson, Sr., Clemson, 94
P, Nicholas Conte, Sr., Virginia, 118
Louisville Football SID
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Finishing the 2016 regular season with a 9-3 mark, three members of the University of Louisville football team have accepted invitations to 68th Annual Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan 28, 2017.
Wide receiver Jamari Staples, tight end Cole Hikutini safety Josh Harvey-Clemson will represent the Cardinals, which is the most in school history and the fourth-straight year the Cardinals have been represented in the prestigious all-star game.
A transfer from UAB, Staples was third on the team with 35 receptions for 593 yards and a pair of scores on the nation’s top scoring offenses. A Lineville, Ala., native posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games, catching five passes for 136 yards versus Syracuse and had a season-best seven receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown against Virginia.
Hikutini, who was a second-team all-ACC selection, finished the regular season with 49 receptions for 656 yards from his tight end spot, with a team-best eight touchdowns. The Sacramento, Calif., native recorded two 100-yard receiving games, including a career-best 118 yards versus NC State on Oct. 22.
Despite missing two games with an injury, Harvey-Clemons tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 61 and added a pair of sacks. He posted a season-high 11 tackles in consecutive games versus Marshall and Clemson.
We all know the results were disastrous Sunday after Louisville’s loss to the team down the road. We all thought well there goes the Orange Bowl! (I thought so) Maybe Not. There goes Lamar’s Heisman! (I did not think so myself) That also does not seem to be a foregone conclusion either. Multiple talking heads have stated he still has a firm grip on it as well. Then we got this from our guy Jeff Greer:
So there you go. The only certainty after Sunday is that we were embarrassed about the team we lost to.
Thanks to all of our loyal readers for helping out our guy Gary “The Redbird” THE best fan in the nation in the contest with Gannett. The 2ns most legendary Budd has been in the stands for years and has been an inspiration to us all. (Sorry Gary, Doug pays the bills) He is a football staple and a great person too. The long time CSZ supporter asked for your help and you delivered! It was great to find this interview on Cn2 where Gary explains his entire process and is questioned on if 2016 is the end of the Redbird….NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Lamar Jackson has been named a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award. The Maxwell Award is presented to the nation’s best player, and the Davey O’Brien Award goes to the nation’s top quarterback. Lamar is also considered to be the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. The Heisman is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. Read the rest of this entry
We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to find out what time Louisville & kentucky will play Football this season. We found out about 1 a.m.
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
The Louisville Twitter-verse exploded after the CFP Poll was released. We just want a rhyme or reason. We still don’t have it. The CFPP Chairman said Michigan having three top 10 wins was the reason they didn’t move after losing to 5-4 Iowa at the time. They have three top 10 wins because the committee put Penn State, Wisconsin & Colorado a lot higher than they deserve to be solely to validate this ranking. Michigan lost their starting QB, that should be a factor. It was not. There are other problems too. It’s not just Michigan. Penalizing us for close wins & vindicating other teams positions for the same reasons. Get out of here. That awful Duke loss looks better by the week too. Don’t get me started. Whew. These guys are warriors & deserve the committee’s respect. Joey Galloway gets paid to talk about college football also. Let that sink in. Nevertheless I wanted to put up a quick post showing you the teams reactions. Think the disrespect caught their eyes?
I think they noticed. Houston….YOU have a problem….
The new poll was released tonight. Unless you’ve been under a rock or have been sleeping getting ready to work third shift, you know Louisville Football moved up in the rankings:
The Cards moved up one spot to #5. It could’ve been worse with Washington & Wisconsin looming near by. There are multiple teams in this top 10 that aren’t top 10 teams. They are only there as “stocking stuffers” for Michigan & Ohio State. No crying. We just need to win big and win out.
They had my guy Brandon Radcliff on ESPN College Football Live today. He talks about believing the Cards are a top 4 team, Lamar & Houston. Here is the link to the video.
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??
The odds that Lamar Jackson have gotten the past few weeks have been silly. There’s no way they get any more ridiculous. Is there?
The John Mackey award list was trimmed down again today as the Semi-finalists were named:
New York, N.Y. (November 14, 2016) – The Friends of John Mackey have announced eight semi-finalists for the 2016 John Mackey Award. Listed alphabetically, they are: Adam Breneman (JR, Massachusetts), Jake Butt (SR, Michigan), Evan Engram (SR, Ole Miss), Gerald Everett (SR, South Alabama), Cole Hikutini (SR, Louisville), Bucky Hodges (JR, Virginia Tech), O.J. Howard (SR, Alabama) and Jordan Leggett (SR, Clemson). The eight semi-finalists were determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the 2016 John Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 7, 2016 and presented live on December 8, 2016 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2016 Mackey Finalists on November 22, 2016. All future announcements can be found at http://www.johnmackeyaward.com and
on our official twitter account: @JohnMackeyAward
Alabama remains the heavy favorite and Louisville is third choice. I see a lot of value betting against Alabama, if you are into that type of thing. I believe Alabam is the best team but their kryptonite is a dual-threat quarterback. Ohio State, Louisville and Clemson (who I believe should all be in the playoffs) all have quarterbacks who posses the dual-threat ability. D. Watson accounted for 478 yards and 4 touchdowns last year in the national championship game vs Alabama. I know Clemson didn’t end up winning but they were close. This year, if the top 4 betting choices make the playoffs, Bama would have to face its kryptonite in the semifinal and final game in order to win the championship. From a betting value standpoint I say no thank you. I’ll put my money with my heart and lay it all on my Cards!
- Here are the updated odds to win the college football playoffs from sportsbook.ag