The Louisville Cardinals snuck out of Cardinal Stadium this past Saturday with a win versus a “spicy” Boston College squad. Quarterback Malik Cunningham put together a silky smooth three rushing touchdown performance, which helped the Cards pull out a victory and inch closer to a bowl game, despite having a tough time holding onto the football throughout the contest.
Halfway through the season, the Cards now sit with an overall record of 4-3, and are currently tied for third in the Atlantic division of the ACC with a conference record of 2-2. They are headed to Raleigh, NC this weekend to take on what should be an angry NC State Wolfpack coming off a nail biting loss to Miami.
It should smell like quite the opportunity for Louisville to thicken its bowl expectations, at the expense of what many considered to be a promising season for the Wolfpack after their upset over Clemson just a few weeks ago.
Louisville has a bumpy stretch ahead
Louisville football is on the cusp of making it to a bowl game for the 1st time since 2019 after finishing 11th in the ACC just last season.
There were a number a question marks to start the season about how this defense could hold up during the 2021 campaign. Those questions were magnified after a not-so-great performance against the Heisman hopeful Matt Corral and the Ole Miss Rebels in the Chick-Fil-A kickoff game in Atlanta.
This young defense hasn’t been superb by any stretch of the imagination, however, they have come up with just enough primetime plays late in games to keep the Cardinals postseason hopes alive in 2021.
After Saturday, the Cards will still have games left against Clemson, Syracuse, Duke, and in-state rival Kentucky. Depending on how these last several games shake out, those contests will absolutely determine the fate of this year’s gritty football team. Three of the last four games are at home, which should bode well for a late bowl push by the Cards.
Malik Cunningham will have an opportunity to further cement his legacy as the quarterback who steadied the shaky ship, post-Lamar Jackson!