--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
While we learned a little about the Louisville Cardinals, there were a few games that impacted the Cardinals schedule. Some were surprises, others were to almost to be expected. Here were the key games of week three:
Ohio 31 vs. Virginia 45
The Cavaliers moved to 2-1 behind Bryce Perkin’s 25 for 30 night passing. The QB threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns in the win. He also had 10 carries for 8 yards.
Two of the touchdowns were to wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus. The other was to Hasise Dubois.
But the big hero of the night was running back Jordan Ellis. Ellis had 19 carries for 171 yards and three touchdowns. His longest run was 75-yards.
The game also led to Louisville’s betting line disadvantage- the Cards are five point underdogs to the Cavaliers. But the game may be more of a shootout than people think- Ohio has just the 87th overall offense in the FBS. While the Cardinals may not be lighting it up now, the offense may have a spark with Malik Cunningham starting.
Syracuse 30 vs. Florida State 7
Syracuse were narrow favorites in this game. The projections were nowhere near a 23-point shelling.
The Orange dominated FSU in the trenches, holding the Seminoles to just 62-yards rushing. Willie Taggart and Co. also only managed 240 all-purpose yards in the loss.
FSU starter Deondre Francois also completed just 50 percent, and had an interception.
Meanwhile, the Orange had a balanced attack- 222 rushing yards and two touchdowns; as well as 219 through the air, with one touchdown.
Louisville has both teams on the schedule. After week three, Florida State is looking more like a surefire win. Syracuse, on the other hand, looks a lot scarier.
Alabama 62 vs. Ole Miss 7
This position would have originally went to West Virginia- NC State. Due to Hurricane Florence, the game was cancelled.
Ole Miss entered the game Saturday at home after beating Texas Tech 47-27 and obliterating Southern Illinois 76-41.
Nick Saban and Co. shelled the Rebels 62-7. Both Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts had two passing touchdowns. Saban and Co. also limited Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu to just 7 of 22 for 133 yards and just one touchdown.
Alabama had a grand total of 516 yards in the game. They held Ole Miss to just 248.
Again, this was in Oxford, Mississippi. If you’re a Louisville fan, 51-14 on neutral territory doesn’t sound too bad.