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Louisville Opens As 21-Point Favorites Over Wake Forest

Photo: Getty Images Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for just the second time in program history on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. According to Vegas Insider, Louisville has opened as 21 point favorites for Saturday’s game. The only other meeting between the two programs came in the 2007 Orange Bowl when Louisville...
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Petrino Unsure Of Gardner’s Status: “Could Be A Day-to-Day Deal”

Photo: JD Coffey I think it’s safe to say that Louisville starting quarterback Will Gardner didn’t have a great weekend. The redshirt sophomore had a lackluster performance against Florida International on Saturday and to make matters worse, he left the game early with a knee injury. Bobby Petrino didn’t provide much of an update on his starting quarterback’s status during...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gerod Holliman Named ACC Defensive Back Of The Week

Photo: JD Coffey To say that Louisville sophomore safety Gerod Holliman was having a breakout season would be an extreme understatement. The Miami native had a very minimal role early on during his career and is off to a huge start in 2014. Through Louisville’s first four games, Holliman has five interceptions, which leads the country. Holliman had picked off one pass in the season...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Louisville Will Wear Special Edition “Showtime TECHFIT” Uniforms Against Florida State

Photo: UofL Athletics When Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals storm on to the field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Oct. 30 to face the defending National Champions they’ll be sporting some new swag. The folks at UofL announced on Monday morning that the football team will wear new adidas TECHFIT uniforms when they take on Florida State on Oct. 30. Photo: UofL Athletics...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Louisville 34 – FIU 31: Notable Numbers

Joel Auerbach – Getty Images Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals moved to 3-1 on the season with a 34-3 win over Florida International on Saturday. Despite a blowout win, we didn’t see a whole lot of improvement on the offensive side of the ball from week three to week four. Here are some notable numbers from the FIU win. -265 all purpose yards for James Quick. -45 seconds...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cardinal Connect TV: Quick Thoughts On The Florida International Win

To go along with the weekly Cardinal Connect TV webcasts, we’ll now also be doing brief post game videos following every UofL basketball and football game. First up is Louisville’s 34-3 win over Florida International.
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The Weekend That Was: #TeddyTime Edition

Another weekend in the books means its time for “The Weekend That Was,” your one stop shop for everything that happened from Friday evening to Monday morning. But before we get started…let’s look on lovingly at our own Teddy Bridgewater. Photo: Getty Images Watching Teddy take the field is probably the closest I’ve ever come to being a parent so far in my life. After Vikings...
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Week Five College Football Polls: Louisville On The Outside Looking In

Photo: Pete Cautilli AP Poll Ranking Team (First-Place Votes) Points Previous 1 Florida State (34) 1439 1 2 Oregon (12) 1400 2 3 Alabama (6) 1377 3 4 Oklahoma (4) 1343 4 5 Auburn 1268 5 6 Texas A&M (4) 1232 6 7 Baylor 1143 7 8 Notre Dame 967 9 9 Michigan State 905 11 10 Ole Miss 889 10 11 UCLA 806 12 12 Georgia 789 13 13 South Carolina 764 14 14...
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Highlights: James Quick Torches FIU

Photo: J Pat Carter – AP Louisville’s 34-3 victory over Florida International wasn’t exactly a fun game to watch. That said, the biggest bright spot from the game was the play of sophomore receiver James Quick. The Louisville native finished 235 total yards. Here are some highlights.
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Louisville – FIU : Cards Cruise, But It Wasn’t Pretty

Joel Auerbach – Getty Images The Louisville football Cardinals had to delay their game against the FIU Golden Panthers on account of lighting in the area. Nature attempted to spare both sides a good deal of heartache, as this could be considered a game with no winners. The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead in the first, but looked relatively flat against a much inferior opponent...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville vs. Florida International: Three Predictions

Photo: JD Coffey: Jermaine Reve, Charles Gaines & Andrew Johnson. All three Miami natives will return home this weekend to take on FIU. “Revenge” is probably be posted somewhere in the Panthers’ locker room. Almost exactly one year ago to the day, September 21st, 2013, an FIU football team strolled into Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium with the intention of spoiling the Teddy...
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Reggie Bonnafon Says He’ll Be Playing For His Late Father When He Returns

Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon will not travel with the team to Miami this weekend as they take on Florida International. Bonnafon’s father, Wallace, passed away unexpectedly earlier this week. Bobby Petrino shared the unfortunate news at Monday’s press conference. “Reggie is a real family guy. He had a close relationship with Wallace...
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Petrino Says There Is “Definitely A Chance” Michael Dyer Plays Against FIU

Photo: Pete Cautilli I think we can all agree that Louisville’s offense throughout the first three games of the season hasn’t been quite what we expected. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they’re missing two guys who were supposed to be two of the top play makers on the team. Wide receiver DeVante Parker suffered a fracture to the small toe on his left foot, which...
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The Louisville Staff Will Have An In-Home Visit With Perry Dozier Next Week

Photo: Kelly Kline – adidas Very shorty after five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney decided to reopen his recruiting, Rick Pitino and the Louisville staff decided to shift their attention to someone else. That someone else happens to be four star combo guard Perry Dozier. The 6-foot-6 Columbia, S.C., native had been on Louisville’s radar throughout the spring and summer,...
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Tom Jurich Named To NCAA’s Search Committee For New Executive VP Position

Photo: Pete Cautilli The NCAA has recently launched their search to hire a new executive vice president to oversee the Association’s regulatory functions. University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is one of nine people selected by NCAA President Mark Emmert has named to his search committee to help identify candidates for the new gig. –David Berst, vice president...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

College Basketball Moves Beyond the Love of the Game

Photo: Associated Press “College basketball is the most wholesome major sport in America.” That’s the statement a friend submitted for my consideration early this week. He and I, as many others recently have, were trying to piece together what it means to be a sports fan in today’s world. After making the declaration it’s easy to see why he’s right. The NFL’s problems...
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Louisville Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham Surpassing Expectations

Pete Cautilli – The Cardinal Connect When the news broke that Todd Grantham would be joining Louisville’s coaching staff and Georgia fans did everything short of helping coach Grantham pack his belongings into trucks. Georgia was finished with Todd Grantham’s act merely two years after four of his defensive starters were taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. ...
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Four Star Miami Commit Will Take An Official Visit To Louisville

Photo: 247Sports.com Bobby Petrino and his staff have been riding some serious momentum on the recruiting trail in recent weeks and it doesn’t appear that they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. The staff currently has commitments from 18 players in the 2015 class and are still targeting others. Dexter Williams, a 6-foot, 195-pound, running back from Winter Garden, FL., has been...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville vs. FIU: Predicted MVP’s

Photo: Pete Cautilli Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season on Saturday as they travel to Miami to take on Florida International. Here are the predicted MVP’s for the game. Offense At this point I think we can all agree that we need to see some vast improvement from Will Gardner. The Bobby Petrino style foot-to-throat...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

FIU Head Coach Ron Turner Concerned About Louisville’s Speed & Athleticism

Photo: Josh Ritchie Although they’re considered to be one of the worst teams in America and are coming off of a 17-points loss to Pittsburgh, Ron Turner and the Florida International Panthers are actually riding some momentum. Yes, really. The Panthers defeated FCS opponent Wagner in week two, which was just their second win in the last 14 games. FIU actually had the lead against...
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Bobby Petrino Says DeVante Parker Is “Slightly Ahead Of The Schedule”

Photo: JD Coffey I think we can all agree that the Louisville offense hasn’t exactly performed the way we expected throughout the first three weeks of the season. Outside of a dominant performance against FCS opponent Murray State, the Cardinal offense has been average at best. The offensive performance against Virginia on Saturday was as poor as I’ve seen from a Petrino coached...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Louisville Will No Longer Recruit Antonio Blakeney

Photo | Kelly Kline Shortly after announcing that he had decided to reopen his recruiting, five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney made it clear that despite his de-commitment from Louisville, he was still very high on the Cardinal program. Unfortunately for Blakeney, it doesn’t appear that the feeling is mutual. Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority was the first to report that...
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Better Late Than Never For Louisville Safety Gerod Holliman

Photo: JD Coffey Heading into this 2014 season safety Gerod Holliman hadn’t quite lived up to the high expectations from his prominent high school career. Three games into the 2014 season, Holliman has taken a huge step in the right direction and is one of just five players in the country to have three INT’s in the first three weeks. Name Team Yr. Games INT’s Senquez Golson...
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Louisville’s Total Defense Ranks 12th Nationally

Photo: Pete Cautilli It’s hard to believe it, but 1/4 of the 2014 regular season is now over. I think it’s safe to say that three games in there have been a handful of surprises. I seriously doubt very many fans expected Louisville to have one loss three games in. I also doubt that fans expected the defense to be outperforming the offense. All we heard throughout the summer months...
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The Cards Bounce Back On The Practice Field

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect During Monday’s press conference, Bobby Petrino made it clear that he wanted to see more out of his team during practice. He even admitted that the team didn’t have great practices leading up to Virginia. “We need to go out and compete in practice and really do a good job of making sure our players understand that they need to practice the...
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