LOUISVILLE, KY — In an early season clash with a lot on the line, the Florida State Seminoles travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The game will be featured on ABC this Saturday (September 17th) with an early Noon start.
Both teams are members of the ACC Atlantic Division Conference so this game is an important one for both teams. The Seminoles come in as the No. 2 ranked team in the country and will be playing their first conference game while the 10th ranked Cardinals buried division opponent Syracuse last week 62-28.
With identical 2-0 records, this is also an important game for both teams to stay in contention for the college football playoffs. Florida State has been one of the early season favorites to get that far, but the Louisville squad would clearly be a darkhorse contender.
The Seminoles survived a week one scare at home as they needed to rally back from 22 points down to defeat Ole Miss. Last week they rolled past Charleston Southern by a score of 52-8.
If you watched football in the 90’s, then you remember the brilliance of Charlie Ward. Arguably the best Quarterback in Flordia State History, Ward would pass up the opportunity to play football in the NFL and move onto a career in the NBA. While Jameis Winston was exhilarating while at Florida State, Freshman Quarterback Deondre Francois looks to be the real deal. The freshman put up 419 passing yards and 2 touchdowns versus the Rebels and will be instrumental as FSU will utilize Heisman Trophy candidate Dalvin Cook who can eat up yards whether he is running or receiving.
The Seminoles will also need their defense to come up big against Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals offense. Jackson has been incredible in Louisville’s first two games with almost 700 passing yards for 7 touchdowns and has also ran for over 300 yards and 6 touchdowns.
It doesn’t help that the Seminoles lost one of their best defenders in defensive back Derwin James who sustained a knee injury in the Charleston Southern game. James is expected to be out up to two months.
It remains to be seen if Jackson is just a one-man gang for the Cardinals when they take n a defense as strong as the Seminoles. FSU Coach Jimbo Fisher will surely have a game plan prepared to keep the speedy quarterback in check.
Even though a loss by either team would not necessarily knock them out of national championship contention, it would certainly make things much more difficult.