Louisville football loss to FSU plunges Cardinals into deeper ACC hole

Louisville football was hoping to take a step in the right direction after a losing season in 2021.

The Cardinals were picked by the ACC media in July to finish fourth in the Atlantic Division, ahead of only Florida State, Boston College and Syracuse.

Three weeks into the season, the Cardinals have lost to two of those teams. They suffered a 31-7 season-opening loss to the Orange and then fell to the Seminoles 35-31 in their home opener on Friday night. A road trip against Boston College is coming up in two weeks, which has become a must-contest if U of L (1-2, 0-2 ACC) wants to stand any chance of salvaging their season with a grueling back half of the season. season still ahead.

Louisville entered the Week 3 contest with a confidence boost from its 20-14 road win over the University of Central Florida that seemed to prove it could win close games after all. For a moment on Friday, it looked like the Cardinals were going to repeat the feat, but the same problems that plagued them against Syracuse appeared once again: too many penalties and missed opportunities.

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