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Tuesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

This is the only blanket Cyan Kakar needs, and the only one he'll ever need.

I_medium According to the RPI, the Louisville regional is the sixth most difficult of the 16 regionals in this year's NCAA Tournament.

I_medium Louisville makes two appearances on ESPN's list of the 10 ACC games they're most looking forward to this season.

Louisville vs. Auburn, Sept. 5 (at the Georgia Dome)

Auburn could be the SEC's best team in 2015, and what a statement it would be for the ACC to have a rebuilding Louisville team -- 10 players were drafted earlier this month -- knock off the potential SEC West champion.


Clemson at Louisville, Sept. 17

The ACC Atlantic Division could come down to a Thursday night in September. With Florida State looking vulnerable, will the Tigers or Cardinals step up to win the division? The winner of this game sits in great early position.

I_medium Here's how the Louisville baseball team reacted Monday to finding out it was the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament:

I_medium You'll never feel like less of a man than you will while watching a shirtless Montrezl Harrell beating the sh-t out of a tire with a sledgehammer.

I_medium Morehead State reacts to drawing the Cards in their regional opener.

"We are very excited to be going to a regional," Head Coach Mike McGuire, who is the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, said.

"Louisville has a great program, but we are excited to be playing there. It is close enough that we should have a great crowd follow us. We have played at their venue before so that should help us out. It is a great field of teams. Michigan has been very successful here at the end of the year, and Bradley played deep into the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament," McGuire added.

I_medium I'm still not sure I buy this being real. I want to, but I just....I just don't think I can.

I_medium Louisville is best known as a basketball and horse racing city, but after paying a visit to The Ville, this blogger asks if it's actually America's best baseball town.

I_medium USA.

I_medium NBC Sports notes how much depth Bobby Petrino has assembled at the quarterback position in the wake of the Tylin Oden commitment.

I_medium Shaqquan Aaron will continue his college career at USC, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season.

I_medium Keith Kelsey is featured on one of the covers for this year's Athlon preview mag:

I_medium Congrats to longtime 'Cloid Thomas Mindel on winning the Maker's Mark Tom Jurich bottle contest.

I_medium We're coming, Dukies.

I_medium Only Florida State and Clemson have better records than Louisville when it comes to ACC football programs over the last five years:


Florida State 58-11 
Clemson 48-18 
Louisville 46-19 
Virginia Tech 44-23 
Georgia Tech 39-28 
North Carolina 36-28 
Miami (Fla.) 35-28 
N.C. State 35-29 
Pittsburgh 33-32 
Syracuse 31-32 
Duke 31-33 
Boston College 27-36 
Virginia 23-38 
Wake Forest 21-40

I_medium ESPN's Andrea Adelson says don't mark Auburn down as a week one winner just yet.

There are some who have installed Auburn as a favorite to make it to the College Football Playoff. Colleague Mark Schlabach has the Tigers ranked No. 4 in his latest way-too-early preseason Top 25. The high expectations are understandable, especially with Will Muschamp on board as defensive coordinator.

But neither team goes into the game with an exorbitant amount of game experience. Auburn returns 12 starters; Louisville nine. Both teams will have a new starting quarterback, but the Cards could have an edge should Reggie Bonnafon win the starting quarterback job. Bonnafon played in and started games last season as a true freshman. Let's not forget his efforts late against Notre Dame to help the Cards pull off the upset.


Auburn should be better on defense with Muschamp onboard, but it's also important to keep in mind the Tigers had a tendency to give up way too many big plays last season and struggled to get after the passer. Eight starters do return, but they will be learning an entirely new scheme. There could be some growing pains in Week 1.

Also keep in mind Petrino and Grantham are SEC veterans, so they will be ready for whatever the Tigers throw their way. Petrino and Gus Malzahn have faced each other four times, all when Petrino was in Arkansas, and Malzahn served as an offensive coordinator at Tulsa and Auburn. Petrino went 3-1.

The Tigers are getting more preseason hype, but of the four big ACC opening week games, this one has the most evenly matched teams -- and the best potential for an upset.

I_medium The folks at Tomahawk Nation are understandably miffed that Florida State wasn't awarded one of the eight national seeds for this year's NCAA Tournament.

I_medium Michigan's coaches are staying mum on who their starting pitcher for Friday's regional opener will be.

I_medium And finally, a reminder that I'm on the air from 3-6 today for the first time as John Ramsey's permanent co-host on 93.9 The Ville. We'll be talking baseball, the Tylin Oden commitment, and asking you to come up with a name for our new show.

Listen live right here.