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The Breakdown – Florida State Edition   Getting to know the Seminoles: Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher Offensive Coordinator: Randy Sanders Defensive Coordinator: Charles Kelly Record: 2-0 National Rank: #2 (AP/Coaches Poll)   The Seminoles have been a bit of a mystery in these first two games of the season. In the opener against Ole Miss, Florida State looked confused and inept for a half. Then as we’ve seen them do before, the Noles roared back to win the game. Then, against an under matched Charleston Southern, they dominated. We’ve...Continue reading »

  Few sophomore playmakers entered the college football season with higher expectations than Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, and through two games, no one has exceeded them more. For the second straight week, Jackson was named Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, making him just the second player to receiver the honor in back-to-back weeks (former Michigan QB Denard Robinson is the other). He has sat out nearly three full quarters and is still ranked top ten nationally in passing yardage and top three in rushing. He is the...Continue reading »

Lamar Jackson’s stats after two games are eye-popping.  13 TDs (7 passing, 6 rushing), 697 yards passing on 60% completions, and 318 yards on ground on just 32 carries.  With those video game-type numbers, the nation is taking notice.  Here is a sampling of what some are saying about No. 8. Lamar Jackson's 13 #TDs? Impressive 😎Time it took? TWO. GAMES. 😮 WATCH all 13: — ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 11, 2016 UL QB Lamar Jackson is Walter Camp National Offensive Player of Week....Continue reading »

After hours of speculation, the rumors that ESPN’s College GameDay would be coming to Louisville were true.  A top 15 ACC match-up will still be televised at noon on ABC, but all eyes will be on the ‘Ville beginning at 9 in the morning.  The official location of the set is still yet to be determined, but the buzz is that it will be at Jim Patterson Stadium. Get ready, Louisville. See you for Week 3. — College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 11, 2016 Here’s the release from UofL. The...Continue reading »

  Bobby Petrino’s Louisville football team looked anything but perfect in their first road game of the season at Syracuse, committing too many penalties, dropping passes, and missing coverages. And yet, they still walked off the field with a 62-28 victory. Syracuse promised a fast-paced, uptempo offense far superior to that of the Cards’ previous opponent, Charlotte, and for the most part, they delivered on that promise. QB Eric Dungey for the Orange efficiently operated the no-huddle offense in a gruesome, humid dome environment,...Continue reading »

The guys discussed a number of topics, including: the chances of ‘College GameDay’ coming to town for the FSU game, a preview of Syracuse, and thoughts on Charlie Strong after Texas’ huge win over Notre Dame. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

  If Louisville QB Lamar Jackson’s record-setting 200-yard passing, 200-yard rushing performance against Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl wasn’t impressive enough, his eight total touchdowns (six passing, two touchdowns) and 405 total yards in the 2016 season opener vs. Charlotte probably converted any remaining skeptics. The magnitude of hype surrounding Jackson that has been growing since the last two games of his freshman season does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon, especially when considering his season...Continue reading »

  When a halftime score reads 56-0 in your team’s favor, it’s bound to turn some heads. That was certainly the case for Louisville this past weekend, for after dismantling visiting Charlotte 70-14 last Thursday night, they shot up six spots in the new Associated Press Top 25 poll released Tuesday afternoon. The Cards are now the #13 team in the country according to the new poll and are one of four ACC teams in the top 24. Clemson held steady at the #2 spot after surviving Auburn Saturday night, Florida State moved up a spot...Continue reading »

Louisville moved up 4 spots and 1.46 rating points in this week’s Sagarin Predictor Ratings.  The Cards are now ranked 22nd with a rating of 82.77.  The most likely final regular season record for the Cards is 9-3 with an 8-4 record almost as likely. 2016 Projections — 9-3 Regular Season Record Opponent — Rank / Rating — Projected Result — Probability of UofL Victory Sept. 9 at Syracuse — 75 / 68.69 — Win by 11 — 79% Sept. 17 vs. Florida State — 5 / 90.53 — Lose by 5 — 36% Sept. 24 at Marshall — 87...Continue reading »

  In the days following the bludgeoning Louisville laid upon the visiting Charlotte 49ers, the rest of the college football world commenced their 2016 seasons, and Cards fans were able to get a glimpse of what lies ahead in the coming weeks. Some future opponents look better than advertised, some looked overrated, and some looked like they could be sneaky trap games. Let’s take a look at those in the way of the Cards’ ACC championship quest this season, ranked from least problematic to most dangerous. 12) Charlotte 56-0...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Syracuse Edition   Getting to Know the Orange: Head Coach: Dino Babers Offensive Coordinator(s): Sean Lewis and Mike Lynch Defensive Coordinator: Brian Ward Record: 1-0   Looking to be the fastest show on turf, first year man Dino Babers brings his high powered, up tempo offense into the Carrier Dome. The former Bowling Green Head Coach is looking to replicate the success he had with the Eagles. Last season Bowling Green averaged 42.2 points per game 180 yards rushing and 366 yards passing.   The Offense This...Continue reading »

  It’s a difficult task to be critical of a team who had a 56-0 lead at halftime Thursday night, but any time a ranked team shows any sign of struggle against a far inferior opponent, someone is going to point it out. This was no different for Louisville on Thursday night when fans and media alike addressed the way Charlotte defenders were consistently getting into the Louisville backfield and pressuring Lamar Jackson early on in the game. ESPN ACC writer (and friend of LSL) David Hale shared a particularly alarming statistic...Continue reading »

  Fans and members of the media across the nation oohed and ahhed Thursday night at Louisville QB Lamar Jackson’s video game-like eight touchdown performance, as they should be expected to, but fewer people have commented on his noticeable transformation from last season’s erratic athlete to what appeared to be a much more under control and poised quarterback. During the postgame press conference, coach Bobby Petrino was quick to point out Jackson’s progress in that department that he noticed hours before the game...Continue reading »