--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
With all fall sports in the full swing of things every weekend is jam-packed full of events to choose from. Some teams are at home for conference play while others hit the road. Here are a few highlighted games to keep an eye out for:
Football @ Virginia (Saturday, Sept. 22, 12:30 p.m.)
The subpar start to the season has fans worried on the outcome of this year, but two of the three games have resulted in victories thus far. Louisville will face its first true road game of the year and kicks off its conference schedule with a visit to Charlottesville.
Virginia is 2-1, winning both home games by a combined 43 points, and lost at Indiana 20-16. The Cavaliers offense is boom or bust, which could play in favor of the Cards. Virginia's defense has been poor in recent years and that appears to be the case in 2018.
Malik Cunningham is getting his first start under center and Dae Williams has become the frontrunner for the running backs corps. Now it's time for the receivers to stop the trash talk and make an impact.
Field Hockey @ Wake Forest (Friday, Sept 21, 7:00 p.m.)
The ACC is known for being a dominant conference. Despite having just seven teams at least five have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years including six last year. #7 Louisville is coming off wins against the #9 and #11 teams in the country last weekend and Justine Sowry's squad is eager to get their first road win in the ACC this year.
The Demon Deacons have had a rough start to the year, en route to their worst season since 2012. A 3-4 start can appear deceiving with Wake Forest having faced four teams in the top 20 already. Their offense is a hit-or-miss crew that can put up four goals just as easily as they can be held to zero.
This game will come down to two offenses that have their good and bad moments. Louisville's advantage is having one of the best players in the word at goalkeeper in senior Ayeisha McFerran. These two teams battled it out with the Cards claiming a 3-2 win in a shootout last season at Trager Stadium.
Volleyball @ North Carolina (Sunday, Sept 23, 1:00 p.m.)
UNC has owned the Cards lately in volleyball, winning four of the last five match-ups. The only win for Louisville came in a 3-2 thriller late last season to help keep Louisville on pace to win the ACC. This will be the beginning of conference play for the Cards and another road trip, where Louisville is currently 3-3.
North Carolina has had a rough start to 2018. The Tar Heels are 4-5 with three losses to top 25 opponents. They ae familiar with close sets and matches and have the early season experience to fight through tough situations.
Louisville doesn't have the energy from last year and is looking for their spark to make a run. The Cards had a poor non-conference record last year and blew up in ACC play, winning the conference. This season could set up to be the same. Senior Jasmine Bennett is third in Division 1 in hitting percentage this tear at .467. Her single-game high this year is .778 against Chattanooga.