Your complete guide to game day in Clemson.
It's not officially game weekend until this happens.
Louisville Equipment has arrived in Clemson! @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/cgSWbTiQyj— Evan Shaheen (@E_Shaheen82) October 10, 2014
Bobby Petrino met with the media briefly after practice Thursday night and revealed that he knows who his starting quarterback will be against Clemson, but he's not telling. He also stated that no decision on DeVante Parker's status has been made yet.
The ACC Digital Network names Louisville's secondary vs. Clemson's passing attack as the No. 1 make or break matchup in the conference this weekend.
1. Clemson's Passing Attack vs. Louisville's Secondary
Tiger QB Deshaun Watson has been on a torrid pace, as he becomes increasingly comfortable feeding the ball to budding receivers Mike Williams, Artavis Scott and Germone Hopper. But can the true freshman's prosperity continue against a feisty Louisville defensive backfield that ranks No. 10 nationally in pass efficiency D? The Cards are keeping the play in front of them, while effectively jumping routes and batting down throws. SS Gerod Holliman is the frontman of the larceny, picking off an FBS-high seven passes as a part-time starter.
SB Nation's latest conference power rankings have Louisville tied for seventh in the ACC heading into this weekend.
Clemson posted a "Happy" video this week that leads off with Dabo Swinney dancing and lip-synching. I didn't make it through the whole thing, but I assume the Cupid Shuffle was done at some point since we're tackling all these phenomenons at the height of their popularity.
OrangeandWhite.com likes Clemson convincingly tomorrow.
Three Predictions and a Pick
1. Clemson totals the most total yards on Louisville since 2012 (446 by UCF the most last season).
2. The Tiger ‘D' holds a fifth consecutive team under four yards per carry.
3. Deshaun Watson completes at least 70 percent of his throws with three total touchdowns or more.
Pick: Clemson 37, Louisville 17
Shakin' the Southland says Clemson has it rolling heading into this weekend's big game.
DeShaun Watson has been outstanding in his first two starts, but Dabo Swinney knows he'll be facing his toughest challenge yet on Saturday.
Our man Ian Klarer tied the knot last week to his longtime beau Sarah, and naturally they had cookies featuring the likenesses of Gorgui Dieng and Teddy Bridgewater.
Congratulations to the newlyweds, who have known nothing but Cardinal victories as a married couple.
The key to a Louisville victory tomorrow might be taking advantage of Clemson's historical propensity for allowing explosive plays...an area where they've been a little better so far this season.
Jon Rothstein is the lone member of the CBS college hoops staff who believes that Louisville is going to win the ACC. You can view all their preseason conference championship picks here.
Congratulations to Juan Diego Tello Palacios on capturing the Turkish Cup championship.
Each media member over at TigerNet.com likes the home team by double digits tomorrow.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
Louisville has talked about the crowd, and defensive standout Lorenzo Mauldin has bragged that if the Cardinals defense gets a 3-and-out on Clemson's first drive the Cardinals will win the game. Talk is great, but most of the matchups favor the Tigers.
Right now, Clemson is playing like a top-tier program and the Cardinals haven't faced a top-tier program in a while. Add in the fact that it's in Death Valley, and Louisville will have its hands full.
The Tigers have scored 91 points the past two games and are averaging 40.4 per game, tops in the ACC. The Clemson defense has allowed just 22 points per game and is coming off a shutout. Louisville has gotten off to the solid start, but it has been because of the defense. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was at Georgia last season, and his team gave up 38 points with better talent.
This one goes to the Tigers.
FINAL SCORE: CLEMSON 37, LOUISVILLE 20
Mickey Plyler - 6AM-9AM EST on WCCP 105.5FM - 31-17 Clemson
Tony Crumpton - TigerNet's Associate Editor - 35-17 Clemson
Nikki Steele - TigerNet Writer - 38-14 Clemson
Lawton Swann - Clemson Sports Talk / TigerNet Talk - Coming Soon
Pigskin Prophet - 27-17 Clemson
Dutch Coleman - 9AM-12PM EST on WCCP 105.5FM - 38-17 Clemson
Class of 2016 star linebacker Devin Bush Jr. apparently has the Louisville...Chickens?....Roosters? in his top 15.
TOP 15 ❕❗️ pic.twitter.com/eqIzcSk27H— Devin Bush Jr. (@_Dbush11) October 10, 2014
Congratulations to Elisha Justice on being named the new head basketball coach at June Buchanan High. I don't even have to say it, but....Hottest. Male. High School. Basketball. Coach. In. The. State. Of. Kentucky.
If you don't get that, you see there was this contest....You know what, just Googl---actually, just forget the whole thing. Beat Clemson.
U of L hoops is now offering half-season ticket packages for 2014-15.
Visit GoCards.com for more details.
See you at The Bill, coach Keatts.
RT @CoachCaseyUNCW: Coach Kevin Keatts named to the 5 best first year hires this year in college basketball. pic.twitter.com/Oc1KSkoo0Q— Peyton Siva Jr (@PeypeySiva3) October 10, 2014
The Florida Times-Union likes Clemson over the Cards in a close one.
Todd Grantham with a post-practice chat with the media (video).
I have been loving the slew of Cards on the road pictures that have been streaming in today.
Sitting in traffic in our way to South Carolina! @CardChronicle @jlog211 #CCBM #BeatClemson #GoCards #trafficsucks pic.twitter.com/vr77ETxcVV— Ryan (@ryand2285) October 9, 2014
Clemson Bound @CardChronicle @CreightonHarley #SilentOut #ACCTakeover pic.twitter.com/UievNj5RzI— Drew Schmidt (@D_Schmidt94) October 10, 2014
Infiltrating campus. @CardChronicle #GoCards #BeatClemson pic.twitter.com/iS5N5zLujD— Trevor Gish (@trevorgish) October 10, 2014
I shall be joining you shortly.
The U of L men's soccer team looks to snap a three-game losing streak tonight against a Notre Dame squad which, after being ranked No. 1 in the country earlier, has had its own recent struggles.
The AP says DeShaun Watson versus the U of L defense is the best matchup in the ACC this weekend.
It's comforting to know that we have Dwight on our side heading into such a hostile environment.
Saturday Blitz has Clemson over Louisville in its ACC Game of the Week:
This is a battle between two great offensive coaches in Dabo Swinney and Bobby Petrino. Both guys are breaking in new talent all over the field this year, and they are both looking good doing it. A win for either team would make a major statement Saturday, but that win is going to Clemson. The Tigers have missed out on two signature wins this year already, but the third time's a charm. You can't bet against this team right now with the way it is playing on offense, and it's worth it to bet on those guys right now than the Louisville defense. It will be the difference, along with the crowd, in a very close home win.
Clemson: 31 Louisville: 27
The Post and Courier goes five questions with Jeff Greer.
Lots of people have been talking about the return of DeVante Parker, but less discussed has been the fact that Jermaine Reve is also back.
I have no idea what's going on here, but it has my full support.
@CardChronicle El Louie pic.twitter.com/KLLLkeZjdL— RED REIGN™ (@Riegling25) October 8, 2014
Tomorrow's game will likely be the 7th-biggest crowd a Louisville football team has ever played in front of. The Cards have lost each of the eight-most attended games they've played in heading into this weekend.
And finally, I am seconds away from heading out the door to hit the road to South Carolina for the next several hours. If you don't hear from me again, I leave all my things to Art Carmody ... except my Art Carmody jersey. That goes to my mom.
Still no set plan for tomorrow before the game, but I say we all meet up at or around this alumni party ... and then burn the entire place to the ground (figuratively ... he says for legal purposes) if we win.
Go Louisville, beat Clemson.