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Three days. I think this young man's excitement speaks for all of us.

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I_medium Spread check: Auburn by 10.5.

I_medium Our own Mark Ennis breaks down Louisville for the Auburn folks on War Eagle Sports Radio.

I_medium I'm pretty sure Bobby Petrino was the only major Louisville sports figure who hadn't spent some quality time with the Card Chronicle Bird Mask .... not anymore.

Now we've got a season.

I_medium Jeff Greer breaks down his top 10 games on the freshly released Louisville hoops schedule.

I_medium Still not sure how this quote....

"We're excited about it, because this isn't one of those games that we put on our schedule just to say that we were in it," Scott told reporters. "This isn't something that we want to come back from Atlanta saying, 'We got to play in the Georgia Dome against Auburn.' No, this is something that we truly believe we can win - and we're going to go out there and win."

Spawned this headline...

It doesn't sound much different than what DaVonte Lambert said earlier in the day.

Except Scott didn't respond "nothing" when he was asked what worried him most about Auburn.

If you don't expect your team to win then you shouldn't be playing. I've got no real issue with either player's comments.

Here are all the quick hitters from Auburn's pre-Louisville press conference yesterday.

I_medium Sports Illustrated has Louisville playing Maryland in the PinStripe Bowl (on the same day as the U of L-UK basketball game), and Auburn making the 4-team playoff in its final round of preseason bowl projections.

I_medium Add JaQuay Savage to the list of folks who love the Uncaged uniforms the Cards are going to be sporting on Saturday.

I_medium Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis has made a song for his team's 2015 season. He is quite confident about the outlook of said team and said season.

I_medium Steve Jones has your full recap of Bobby Petrino's comments on today's ACC coaches teleconference.

I_medium The War Blogle folks reallllly don't like Bobby Petrino

I_medium The campaign continues.

I_medium This Pete Thamel story on Charlie Strong took home first place at this year's FWAA Best Writing Contest.

I_medium The CBS folks say that Louisville "won't keep it close" in the video portion of this preview, and then Jerry Hinnen picks the Tigers by 11 in (virtual) print.

One stat to know: Johnson's 78 career attempts don't represent much of a sample size, especially with many of them coming in garbage time or against FCS competition. Still: among all active FBS players with at least 75 attempts, Johnson ranks first in career completion percentage (73.1), yards per attempt (11.0), touchdown percentage (11.5) and QB rating (198.4). Auburn fans aren't giddy over the junior's sky-high ceiling for nothing.

The prediction: Petrino did excellent work in getting the Cards to 9-4 in his first year with the program, but none of those victories came over ranked opposition; Louisville lost by 11 to Florida State and by 23 to Georgia in their only two games against top 25 teams. In Auburn and Malzahn, Petrino's facing an opponent with roughly similar talent to the 'Noles and Dawgs and offensive coaching acumen to rival his own. Though the Cards' ability to slow down Malzahn's running game should keep things close, eventually the Tigers' greater offensive balance and top-to-bottom depth should take its toll. Auburn 35, Louisville 24

I_medium If you're ranking the college football top 25 based on the grammar used on their SB Nation team sites, then Auburn is No. 1.

We know for sure that they can spell HILARIOUS.

I_medium Auburn has more question marks than you'd expect to see from a team many expect to win the SEC and play in the college football playoff, and Guz Malzahn is a little stressed about it.

"There are a lot of question marks," Malzahn said. "I mean, look at the freshmen on the list. I mean, that really sticks out to me - and I knew that before we put the depth chart together, but when you see it the reality hits you. Bunch of young guys."

A total of 16 newcomers are listed on Auburn's two-deep depth chart, including seven on offense and six on defense. More than one dozen of those players are expected to play, including eight defensive players, when the No. 6 Tigers open the season against Louisville on Saturday.

"Probably my biggest stress is just the new guys being out there for the first time, holding onto the ball, protecting the ball," Malzahn said. "That's always a big factor in the first games, along with special teams, as far as that goes. Overall, I do like where our offense and our defense's mentality is. It's just going to be a matter of getting those young guys out there, letting them play, letting them do their thing."

I_medium Soon.

The Red Rage folks are also going to be sporting a new 93.9 decal.

Come hang with us before the game on Saturday.

I_medium The oddsshark folks like Auburn to win big and cover easily on Saturday.

I_medium The summer tour isn't quite over yet, it's rolling strong in Brazil.

I_medium The Louisville men have been picked to finish 6th and the women 11th in the ACC's preseason cross country media poll.

I_medium The glove and sock game will be strong in Atlanta this weekend.

By the way, Louisville is going with a weekly uniform report this season, which I dig.

Here's week one:

I_medium Our SB Nation friends at College and Magnolia break down how Auburn runs rollout passes and naked bootlegs.

I_medium Myron Medcalf says Louisville is the ACC basketball team that could shake up their conference this season.


Louisville Cardinals

The ACC ended 2014-15 with as much promise as any league in the country. Duke reloaded with an elite recruiting class. North Carolina looks like a Final Four squad. Virginia, too. Miami, Florida State and Notre Dame are all intriguing. But what should we expect from Louisville this season? It's strange to consider that question about a program that usually has the answers. But it is also necessary after Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear moved on -- not to mentionChris Jones' dismissal in February. Shaqquan Aaron and Anton Gilltransferred, too -- following the 2014-15 season that ended with an Elite Eight berth. After the Cardinals lost their top four scorers from last season, maybe they would start fresh, rebuild and return to league contention once their young players matured. But Rick Pitino ain't got time for that. Former Drexel star Damion Lee (21.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc, 89 percent from the free throw line) and former Cleveland State standout Trey Lewis (16.3 PPG) both graduated and transferred to Louisville during the offseason. They're eligible, and they'll both start, possibly, next to star recruit Donovan Mitchell (No. 43 in the country per RecruitingNation). Mangok Mathiangis back, and if you ask the pro scouts, Chinanu Onuaku has an NBA future. Pitino has the talent to battle with the best in the ACC and return to the top of the conference.

I_medium The AP preview on Louisville-Auburn is out.

I_medium The Bobby Petrino radio show is making its 2015 debut from 7-8 tonight. I can't imagine he'll be naming a starting quarterback, but if he does, we'll certainly let you know.

I_medium And finally, a reminder that we will be doing our radio show form 3-6 on Friday at the Buckhead Tavern in Atlanta. There will be drink specials and half-priced appetizers, so we're trying to make it a pep rally type atmosphere. If you're going to be in town at that time, go ahead and kick off a 24-hour tailgate with us.