--By Mike Gilpatrick
--File photo by Jared Anderson
Week one is finally behind the College Football World. While the Louisville Cardinals lost big to Alabama, there were a few key games that impact the current face of the schedule.
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech
One of the most highly-anticipated games on Louisville’s schedule is the Florida State game, Week Five. After last night’s 24-3 blowout in Tallahassee, FSU proved that Deondre Francois had a little bit of rust. He went 22 for 35 for 233 yards and three picks against a Hokies secondary that replaced three starters.
24 points isn’t bad for a defense replacing three starting linebackers, but it may take time for the Seminoles to find their stride.
This Week four matchup in Louisville just got a lot more interesting, and seemingly more winnable for Louisville.
Boston College vs UMass
Anthony Brown proved capable vs. the Minutemen, as Boston College routed UMass 55-21. The Eagles QB went 15/21 for 279 yards and four TDs. AJ Dillon ran the ground game well, having 20 carries for 98 yards.
The Minutemen are 12-36 under head coach Mark Whipple. Week one’s matchup was a warm-up game for the Eagles. The status quo remains the same.
Syracuse vs. Western Michigan
The Orange *almost* gave up the game to the Broncos. After leading 34-7 at the half, WMU came within seven two times in the third quarter. The Broncos scored three back-to-back, and looked like they could be a tough opponent.
WMU also had 621 total yards of offense. Two turnovers helped make the game easier for the Orange.
Dino Babers also had his team rush 334 yards. More than likely, he will do the same against Louisville when the Cards travel to the Carrier Dome.
Clemson vs. Furman
The Tigers once again proved to be just as tough as advertised. While they played an FCS school, they did exactly as expected: hold the opposing offense to less than 200 yards, and win by more than 30.
Clemson surprisingly did not convert as many third-downs as anticipated. The Tigers were 4 for 12 in that regard.
But a balanced offensive attack and good performance from both Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence helped prove why November’s matchup in Death Valley will be a rough one.
Louisville vs. Alabama
This will hopefully be the final time the game would be recapped. Louisville’s offense was highly one-sided and the Cards lost their best defensive player, Jon Greenard, for an indefinite period of time due to an injured ligament.
Greenard’s injury makes Louisville’s defensive front appear a lot less scary.