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Louisville WR DeVante Parker
Date: Monday, Sept. 1 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Time/TV: 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Miami was toppled by the Louisville Cardinals 36-9 during the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl, leaving the 'Canes wishing they had a second chance at a victory. Well, the Cardinals are joining the ACC, and "The U" gets a shot at redemption on Labor Day Monday.
Charlie Strong, Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Smith have parted for Texas or the NFL, but the current team still has a strong defense. According to ESPN's Andrea Adelson, the unit is already mentally preparing for the 'Canes.
Louisville defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin has the University of Miami orange and green "U" logo on the wall of his room with a big X through it. Mauldin put it up to give him extra motivation for the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl. ... Because the teams play each other again ... Mauldin decided to keep the "U" up.
The Cardinals represent one of four toss-up matchups where either result would not be surprising, and this game will be headlined by both teams starting largely inexperience quarterbacks.
Consequently, the main storyline will be reliance on playmakers. Behind Duke Johnson and Stacy Coley, the Hurricanes have the offensive weapons to overpower Louisville. Of course, the Cardinals are led by wide receiver DeVante Parker and a stable of talented running backs including Dominique Brown and Michael Dyer.
Expect a final-possession nailbiter, but Louisville hasn't seen Duke yet, and the junior will provide the difference in the outcome.
Result: Win; 1-0 (1-0 ACC)