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NCAA Football Preview - Louisville Cardinals

By Anonymous (not verified), 2 days 18 hours ago
Solid play on was headlined by star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on offense, and AAC Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smith on defense.Louisville barely broke a sweat in the first half of the season, winning six straight games by double digits, before falling to the Knights in shootout fashion at home on Oct. 10.To the team's credit, it got back to its winning ways with five consecutive...

Ranking the ACC's Toughest College Football Schedules in 2014

By Braden Gall, 6 days 9 hours ago
The ACC preseason talking points were pretty clear. “We are the champions and we broke a record by sending 11 teams to a bowl game.” Unfortunately, conferences don’t win championships, teams do. So while Florida State is the defending champ, it means very little for the rest of the ACC. The rest of the league needs to win marquee non-conference games against both the...

The ACC's Top Freshmen to Watch in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 week 1 day ago
The beauty of college football lies in its unpredictability and volatility. Roster turnover is largely responsible for the tremendous amount of variability from year to year within the sport. Key graduations, early entries into the NFL Draft, dismissals and a massive influx of tomorrow's stars in the form of bright-eyed freshmen create more personnel turnover in college football than...

The Top 10 Most Underrated College Football QBs in 2014

By Braden Gall, 1 week 1 day ago
Do most SEC fans know who Taylor Kelly is? That he is the only other player in the nation other than the great Johnny Manziel to throw for at least 3,000 yards and rush for at least 500 in each of the last two seasons? Because if not, they should. Which is why Kelly is ranked by Athlon Sports as the No. 8 quarterback in college football heading into the 2014 campaign. So using that...

ACC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes for 2014

By Athlon Sports, 2 weeks 1 day ago
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches used during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2014, Athlon asked coaches in the ACC to talk anonymously about their...

10 Dark Horse Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2014

By Braden Gall, 2 weeks 2 days ago
Defining the term “dark horse” was actually the toughest part of this exercise. Finding really talented players who could breakout into prominent roles is actually the easiest part of trying to pick Heisman Trophy sleepers. Part of what makes college football the greatest sport in the world is its volatility and unpredictability. After debates with many trusted advisors...

Setting First-Year Expectations for Louisville's Bobby Petrino

By Steven Lassan, 2 weeks 2 days ago
After a successful four-year stint under Charlie Strong, Louisville reached into its past to find its next coach. Strong left for Texas after a 12-1 record in 2013, and athletic director Tom Jurich hired Bobby Petrino from Western Kentucky to guide the Cardinals into the ACC. Returning to Louisville was a strange journey for Petrino. After leaving to be the head coach with the Falcons in...

The ACC's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

By Braden Gall, 4 weeks 11 hours ago
Using the past to project the future has major flaws but in the case of the Heisman Trophy, the past can be extremely useful. There are a few numbers college football fans need to know when it comes to the Heisman Trophy and how to handicap the race for the 2014 stiff-armed trophy. First, quarterbacks have won the award four straight years and 12 of the last 14. Mark Ingram (2009) and...

The Complete History of ACC Realignment

By Braden Gall, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Conference realignment reached a fever pitch a few years ago and it caused great headaches for fans and coaches across the nation. The dollars and “sense” of conference realignment blazed a path through college football for a few years following the turn of the century, however, teams shifting leagues for greener pastures isn’t a new phenomenon. Did you know that...

College Football Realignment Winners and Losers for 2014

By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
A rocky period in college football has recently passed. Conference realignment seemingly dominated the headlines since 2011, forcing changes in membership for every league.The Big East and WAC are no more in football, and the SEC, ACC and Big Ten have all expanded to 14 teams.BYU decided to go Independent in football, while Notre Dame joined the ACC as a partial member.Those are just a few of...