How To Watch Louisville Football Pursuit Bowl Eligibility At Duke | Sports


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – University of Louisville third team football under Scott Satterfield arrived at the end of the 2021 season able to write the final tale of how this team will be judged.

If the Cards fail in their last two regular season games, they will finish 5-7 and miss a bowl game for the second year in a row.

If they win one, they’ll get six and win that bowl game.

If they beat both Duke and Kentucky, the Cards will guarantee a winning season and end their two-game losing streak against the Wildcats.

If they beat Duke, UK and their bowl opponent, Louisville will finish 8-5 and regain some of the mojo lost by the Cards when he was 4-7 last season.

So yes, the next 10 days, starting with the game at Duke on Thursday night, are important for the Cardinals.

TIME: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina.

O WATCH / LISTEN: TV – ESPN (Matt Barrie, room by room; Roddy Jones, analyst; Quint Kessinich, sideline); RADIO – Louisville Sports Properties, WHAS 840 AM (Paul Rogers, game for game; Craig Swabek, analyst; Jody Demling, sideline).

LINE: The points spread favored Louisville by 20; Over / under total points 60.5.

THE LAST TIME: Louisville is 2-0 against the Blue Devils with the Cards’ last 24-14 victory in 2016 at Cardinal Stadium.

RECORDINGS: The Cards improved to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC as they beat Syracuse last week. Duke has 3-7 and 0-6. The Blue Devils have lost six straight games.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

PLAYER TO WATCH LOUISVILLE: Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham delivered one of the nation’s most effective performances against Syracuse last week. Cunningham completed 13 of 18 shots for four touchdowns and 209 yards and also ran for another score.

PLAYER TO WATCH DUKE: Blue Devils half-back Mataeo Durant is second in the ACC in rushing with 1,098 yards on 220 attempts. Durant recorded six 100-yard rushing games, but Virginia Tech limited him to 33 on Saturday, their lowest total in 15 games.

BUILT-IN STORIES: Duke coach David Cutcliffe turned 67 in September. With the Blue Devils on an 11-game losing streak in conference, there has been speculation that Cutcliffe could follow Mike Krzyzewski’s lead and retire after this season or that he could be removed from his post. He was recently asked about his status by Steven Wiseman of the Raleigh News and Observer and Cutcliffe said this:

“I don’t think about job security. How can I do this and do justice to the players I am currently coaching? I am not going. I’m not sorry that you ask the question. This is a normal and natural question to ask. But why would I even consider focusing on this? I have a job to do that is directly related to how I do my job to put these players in a position to win.

RJ Oben, the son of former U of L and NFL offensive lineman Roman Oben, starts at defensive end for the Blue Devils. Louisville delivered consecutive zero-grossing games for the first time since Nov. 18 and 25, 2017. Cards linebacker Yasir Abdullah is second in the CCA and 12th nationally with nine sacks.

THE QUOTE: Cutcliffe on the cards:

“Louisville is an extremely fast team. That would be the one word description I would give of them, both offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. They are explosive at the watch. Everyone knows that Malik Cunningham can perform games in a number of ways – scrambles, design runs, and certainly an outstanding pitcher. They have speed at the receiver, the back and the tight end. It’s a mostly veteran and very beautiful offensive line. Defensively, you just need to accelerate in different ways to get him involved.

THE CHOICE: Louisville 45, Duc 21.

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