Clemson has it's biggest game of the season this Friday on the road against Louisville. Both teams have identical conference records at 4-2. The winner of the game will more than likely finish in the top 4 of the conference, which guarantees a first round bye in the ACC Tournament. Chris Gehring of Card Chronicle decided to have a little Q&A in advance of this big showdown.
What were the expectations for the first season in the ACC, since that is one of the toughest conferences in the country? And has Louisville met those expectations?
I think the expectations every year for Louisville are to compete for a division/conference title, which was justified at the beginning of the season when the head coaches picked them to win the Atlantic. They’ve proven themselves as a top program in recent years, so joining the ACC was a huge step and a huge challenge, but one I think they were ready for.
Obviously, they’ve taken some lumps with a loss at N.C. State and an OT loss in South Bend against a very tough Notre Dame team, but they’ve still come out of it in control of their own destiny in the Atlantic Division. That’s all they could really ask for at this point, so after a long-winded answer, I think they have met expectations so far.