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The AP delivers a pretty standard Louisville/Syracuse preview, if you're into that sort of thing...which I know you aren't, but I keep linking and linking anyway, until finally your boyfriend and some of his bros have to pay me a visit with some baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire, at about which point you actually start thinking about what it might be like if you clicked.

Always fabulous (old rich woman voice) Orange blogger TNIAAM laments the fact that 0-3 Syracuse hasn't had any off-the-field issues to guise its on-the-field performance by posting this "AP story" in full. He also marvels at Steve Kragthorpe's strict adherence to the politically correct handbook, something we've all become well accustomed to by now.

We don't much about this Steve Kragthorpe fellow, other than that Louisville fans are holding him responsible for the end of civilization (i.e. loss to Kentucky). But it's just become clear that he's going to be a great source of material for years to come (assuming they don't lose to Kentucky again next year).

We may have the "Gee Shucks, Everything's Fine, We'll Just Keep Truckin'" ball coach, but apparently Louisville's got themselves one of them "Every Opponent We Play Is The Most Dangerous Team In The Country" coaches.

Case and point:

"We've got to get back off the mat and get ready to play a Syracuse team that is very, very dangerous and very sound on the defensive side of the ball. They bring pressure from a lot of different angles and they have a variety of fronts. On the offense side of the ball I think the QB is playing more efficiently every time he plays, and they have some big-play guys on the outside. So, we've got a challenge."

Someone needs to break the news to Kraggers that the Syracuse game film he's been using is from 1998.

After recording four tackles, two sacks and forcing a fumble against Carolina, former Cardinal defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is one of five nominees for NFL Rookie of the Week honors. You can vote for the 20-year-old sensation here.

As was linked by Sans in the comments section earlier today, Trevor Joelson, sports editor of The Louisville Cardinal, believes now that the Cards have lost a game, Brian Brohm should sit out the remainder of the season so he can avoid injury before being drafted, and Hunter Cantwell should take the reigns so that U of L will have a better shot at making a national title run in '08. Opponents of this idea include the Cardinal seniors, Cardinal underclassmen, Cardinal fans, Cardinal coaches, fellow members of the Big East, college football fans, NFL scouts, NFL coaches, members of the Brohm family, and Brian Brohm.

Ty Hildenbrandt of SI On Campus took up the task of comparing college football teams to celebrities this week, and lumped Louisville into the Jim Carrey group of "one-dimensional teams that refuse to admit they are one-dimensional." Later on in his column, Hildenbrandt lambastes the absurdity of ranking the Cards ahead of Kentucky.

Imagine you're André Woodson, the quarterback of the previously unranked Kentucky Wildcats. Congratulations, you just beat the Louisville Cardinals, your in-state rival and a top 10 team. Awesome.

For your efforts, um, we'll just continue saying that Louisville is the better team. Yes, yes ... that's exactly what we'll do. We'll rank them ahead of you regardless of the outcome. You'll thank us someday!

And that's the voice of the proverbial "man," sticking it to teams since the inception of the college football ranking system. This week, he's got a ring through the nose of the Wildcat football program, and he's yanking it around like it's a dancing bear.

As always, it doesn't make a lick of sense. None of it. And when baloney like this eventually influences the national championship picture, I have a major problem with that.

The Courier-Journal website is hosting a poll that asks what Louisville's record will be at the end of the season. The runaway leader at the moment is 9-3, which is pulling in about 33% of the vote.

This blog takes a look at the whole U of L/Yom Kippur debacle through the eyes of The Big Lebowski.

Shomer shabbos!