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When you save a woman from a burning car, the kids will start wearing onesies with your likeness on them.

I_medium Spread Check: Clemson by 6.

I_medium I'm only going to say it once (maybe three times): Tom Jurich is not going to Texas.

I_medium Here's your full recap of Dabo Swinney's pre-Louisville comments on Tuesday.

I_medium I think the issue this month has been us getting away from our roots and not making fun of DePaul enough.

That's better. Beat Clemson.

I_medium We talked earlier about Clemson being without its starting center on Thursday night, but as the Tiger fans pointed out in the comments section, it's probably not as big a deal as you'd think, as many folks have preferred Jay Guillermo to starter Ryan Norton already.

I_medium Speaking of Guillermo, here's a cool profile of his ability to overcome depression and some physical setbacks to get to this point.

I_medium This quote from Jayron Kearse (the dude who chased down James Quick last year) is pretty hilarious.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino told reporters Monday he knows who among his four quarterbacks will start Thursday. He's just not identifying who that is.

Clemson is responding by watching game tape of the three passers who have played this season - freshman Lamar Jackson and sophomores Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin - in addition to junior Will Gardner, who started last year's game at Clemson.

Collectively, Louisville (0-2) has the lowest passer rating in the ACC.

"Quarterbacks just not making good decisions, that's all I can really say," Tigers junior safety Jayron Kearse said. "I don't know too much about the position. If they're playing bad, I like it. Whatever they're doing wrong, keep doing it wrong."

Honest sports quotes are the best. I mean, what do you want him to say?

I_medium The folks over at Streaking the Lawn say Todd Grantham's stock is falling.

I_medium Deshaun Watson says he came to Clemson for games like the one on Thursday.

But his biggest test to date this season will come Thursday night, when the Tigers put their newly minted Top 10 ranking on the line in a nationally televised game against the Cardinals at Papa John's Stadium.

It's the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for Clemson (2-0), which moved up three spots to No. 9 in Sunday's USA Today/Amway coaches poll.

"I enjoy it," Watson said. "This is what I came to Clemson for - games like this, a chance to play on national television. I've dreamt of this since middle school. When I was committing here and signing the papers, I knew games like this were going to come up each year."

On a personal level, Watson certainly is hoping that Thursday's game is an improvement over his first game against the Cardinals last season. He played just 11 snaps - completing 3-of-6 passes and throwing an interception - before breaking a bone in his hand and missing the remainder of the game as well as the Tigers' next three games.

"I wouldn't say this game matters more - each game is the biggest game for me," Watson said.

I_medium It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Louisville is now off the board when it comes to 2015 college football national championship odds.

Odds to win the 2015-2016 College Football FBS Championship (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)

Team                          Odds on 9/8/15             Current Odds

Ohio State                                7/4                                7/4

TCU                                          8/1                                15/2

Alabama                                   8/1                                8/1

Michigan State                          18/1                              10/1

Baylor                                       14/1                              14/1

USC                                        20/1                              14/1

Georgia                                    20/1                              20/1

LSU                                         20/1                              20/1

Texas A&M                               33/1                              22/1

UCLA                                        33/1                              22/1

Auburn                                      14/1                              25/1

Clemson                                   25/1                              25/1

Mississippi                               40/1                              25/1

Florida State                             28/1                              28/1

Notre Dame                              14/1                              33/1

Oklahoma                                 33/1                              33/1

Oregon                                     25/1                              40/1

Georgia Tech                            66/1                              50/1

Oklahoma State                        100/1                            66/1

Arkansas                                  50/1                              100/1

Florida                                      100/1                            100/1

Stanford                                   100/1                            100/1

Tennessee                                66/1                              100/1

Utah                                         200/1                            100/1

Arizona                                     200/1                            200/1

Arizona State                            150/1                            200/1

Boise State                               66/1                              200/1

Miami                                       200/1                            200/1

Michigan                                   150/1                            200/1

Northwestern                             200/1                            200/1

West Virginia                             300/1                            200/1

California                                  500/1                            300/1

Iowa                                         500/1                            300/1

Kansas State                            200/1                            300/1

Missouri                                    200/1                            300/1

Wisconsin                                 200/1                            300/1

Mississippi State                       100/1                            500/1

South Carolina                          200/1                            500/1

Boston College                         500/1                            500/1

BYU                                        500/1                            500/1

Cincinnati                                  500/1                            500/1

Duke                                        500/1                            500/1

Nebraska                                  500/1                            500/1

Penn State                                500/1                            500/1

Texas                                       500/1                            500/1

Virginia Tech                             500/1                            500/1

Minnesota                                 1000/1                          1000/1

Louisville                                  500/1                            Off the Board

Marshall                                    500/1                            Off the Board

Maryland                                   500/1                            Off the Board

Oregon State                            500/1                            Off the Board

Pittsburgh                                 500/1                            Off the Board

Rutgers                                     500/1                            Off the Board

South Florida                            500/1                            Off the Board

Texas Tech                               500/1                            Off the Board

UCF                                          1000/1                          Off the Board

North Carolina                           1000/1                          Off the Board

Washington                               1000/1                          Off the Board

I_medium Your preview of tonight's men's soccer match between No. 10 Louisville and No. 16 Saint Louis at Lynn Stadium.

I_medium To the surprise of few, Steve Fisher and the San Diego State basketball program are under NCAA investigation.

I_medium The mystery of the 2015-16 Louisville Cardinals is one of the 64 biggest reasons to be excited about the upcoming season.

42. Figuring out exactly what Louisville will look like this season

By March of this year, Louisville had become a three-man show: guard TerryRozier, wing Wayne Blackshear and big man Montrezl Harrell were the only consistent threats for the Cardinals. And after guiding them to a surprising Elite Eight run, those three are gone. In all, Louisville lost its top four scorers and 82.5% of its points. Eleven players this season are freshmen or sophomores. Grad transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis will be tasked with assuming leadership and scoring responsibilities. Pitino never allows inexperience to be an excuse, so it'll be exciting to see how all the pieces come together for the Cardinals this season.

I_medium Mark Ennis previews Thursday night for our friends over at Shakin' the Southland.

I_medium Not the month for this, Paul.

Sometimes I like to imagine how a conversation with my 10-years-ago self would go.

"Yeah man, you're married and you're actually working in sports. It's pretty cool."

"Wow, that's awesome. So what's going on with me right now?"

"Well, you're actually in the middle of a feud pitting yourself against Rick Pitino and a Puerto Rican mascot named Bompy."



I_medium If you're in need of two tickets for Thursday night's game, the latest Year of the Fan contest may be your inside track.

I_medium The college basketball folks at CBS say Louisville is No. 7 when it comes to the programs that are best positioned for success over the next five years.


Outlook: Rick Pitino's contract runs through 2026. And though that obviously guarantees nothing, we believe it's more likely than not that the Hall of Fame coach will coach Louisville for at least five more seasons, meaning one of the nation's best programs should have one of the nation's best coaches for at least the next five seasons. And that's always a good combination.

I_medium Muhammad and Lonnie Ali have made a donation to University of Louisville Athletics to endow the Muhammad Ali Leadership Baseball Scholarship, providing a lasting legacy with the Cardinals for the hometown legend. The $100,000 commitment for the scholarship includes a $50,000 honorarium Ali will receive when he is awarded the inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award on Sept. 17, and the additional $50,000 is from an anonymous donor who matched the amount.

I_medium Probably my favorite tweet of the week so far.

I_medium Clemson site Rubbing the Rock lays out five players to watch Thursday night.

I_medium Despite the disappointing start to the 2015 season, U of L continues to get it done on the recruiting trail.

The weekend that was in the ACC had a number of interesting developments. A five-star was back on campus for a second-straight week at NC State, rival North Carolina makes an offer at a very difficult position to identify talent and Louisville has reason to worry about its top ranked commitment.

Biggest commitment: While Louisville has endured a tough 0-2 start to the 2015 season, the Cardinals got good news on the recruiting trail, picking up a commitment from safety Lamarques Thomas. While Thomas is not ranked in the ESPN 300, the win for the Cardinals is a key one with Thomas hailing from Mississippi. Both Mississippi and Alabama are targeted states by the staff, and Terrell Buckley beating Missouri for the three-star Thomas.

I_medium NC State's student newspaper has Louisville at 12th in its ACC power rankings, to which we can only respond: Sweet 16.

I_medium Deshaun Watson is well aware of what happened to him in last year's game against Louisville, but he's not thinking about that heading into the rematch.

I_medium And finally, we're turning our attention to Clemson and answering your questions on Twitter today on Ramsey & Rutherford from 3-6 on 93.9 The Ville. Will I compare Louisville's quarterback situation to a Phoenix song? You'll have to listen and find out .... the answer is probably.