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When you're at Burning Man and find yourself in the middle of a huge dust storm and in front of a giant Medusa head, the only logical thing to do is throw some Ls. That's exactly how Brad Weisberg and Cayla Chambers played it.

I_medium Spread check: No line.

I_medium Steve Jones lays out five things you should know about Samford to start this week.

I_medium The ninth-ranked Louisville field hockey team improved to 6-2 on the 2015 season with a 5-0 win over No. 19 James Madison over the weekend.

I_medium Only two teams are ranked below Louisville in the latest ACC power rankings from ESPN.

12. Louisville Cardinals (0-3, 0-1 ACC)

Where does Bobby Petrino even start to look for answers? The Cardinals have started three quarterbacks in three games. The running backs have done virtually nothing. The offensive line is a mess. Yes, Louisville has played three relatively tough opponents, but it's clear Petrino has his work cut out for him if he wants to salvage the season.

I_medium Louisville is down at No. 11 in the latest ACC Digital Network poll.

I_medium The Cards are a respectable No. 50 in the latest Sagarin rankings ... so there's that.

I_medium It's Hispanic Heritage Night Friday at Lynn Stadium.

I_medium Louisville's continuing offensive woes are one of the biggest storylines of week 3 in the ACC.

Here's some breaking news: Louisville has major problems on offense.

Start with the quarterbacks. The Cardinals have now had three starters in three weeks to open the season. We wondered when the last time a team did that, and it turns out it was just last season. Vanderbilt shuffled through three starting QBs in its first three games -- eventually starting four over the course of the season and finishing with the sixth-worst passer rating in the nation. The Cardinals should be praying things don't end that badly.

Perhaps the bigger issue, however, is the ground game. Louisville's running backs are averaging a woeful 3.43 yards per rush so far (119th nationally), with 26 percent of their runs going for a loss or no gain. Against Auburn in Week 1, Louisville rushed for 238 yards, largely on the back of freshman quarterbackLamar Jackson. But that's the only time in the Cardinals' last five games (four of them losses) they've topped 100 yards on the ground.

In fact, since the start of the 2014 season, Louisville has seven games in which it failed to top 100 yards on the ground. The only ACC team with more is Wake Forest (13) and no other team has more than four.

I_medium Saturday Blitz says Bobby Petrino's seat at Louisville is "scorching," which I don't believe is entirely accurate.

I_medium The Louisville panoramic picture is back with a shot from the Clemson game. Find and tag yourself.

I_medium Another Clemson writer had an enjoyable experience last week in Louisville.

I_medium Dez Fitzpatrick is going to be a problem at the next level.

I_medium The U of L volleyball team fell to 6-4 on the season with a 3-1 loss to No. 24 Kentucky on Sunday. The Cards took down Cincinnati by the same count the day before.

I_medium The Cardinal women's soccer team also tasted defeat over the weekend, starting ACC play with a 2-0 loss to Boston College.

I_medium Get ready for Socc-toberfest tomorrow night at Lynn.

I_medium U of L swimming has landed yet another elite recruit.

I_medium Louisville safety commit Lamarques Thomas made his first visit to U of L over the weekend.

I_medium Every time I yell Micky's name I yell it like Burgess Meredith in Rocky.


I_medium has been spending its offseason counting down the top 100 programs of the current era, and has Louisville at No. 6.

I_medium We need to win something football-related, so vote Red Rage Tailgate to win this ultimate tailgate contest.

I_medium EDSBS says the 0-3 start is all uniform-based. They also lay out all the things you can accomplish in 29 years, which is definitely not a dig at Kentucky.

I_medium You still have time to hang out with Tom Jurich tomorrow morning.

I_medium It's a big week for Rick Pitino and Louisville basketball recruiting as Pitino will visit five-star 2016 forward T.J. Leaf on Tuesday, and will get an official visit from De'Aron Fox this weekend. Here's Jeff Greer's updated U of L recruiting big board.

I_medium Louisville week has started for Samford.

The Bulldogs began installing their game plan for Saturday's game at ACC foe Louisville. Samford head coach Chris Hatcher said he liked the way his team responded, coming off its first defeat of the season.

"We had a good one today," Hatcher said. "We're a little mad and disappointed about the defeat on Saturday, but we came out and we practiced like that. That was really good to see out of the guys. I was really pleased with the way we responded to the adversity. Today, we're just kind of getting the big picture of Louisville, but if we can have a great week of practices like we had today, we'll be ready on Saturday night."

Samford enters this week with a record of 2-1 overall and 0-1 in Southern Conference play after a 31-21 setback to then 10th-ranked Chattanooga. Hatcher said, looking back at last week's game, he saw some positives that the team can build on as the season progresses.

"We played extremely hard," Hatcher said. "We played hard for 60 game minutes, which is always very important. Unfortunately, in the second half we just never got a play to get us over the hump and get it to a one-score game. We have to make some plays down the stretch, we have to execute better with more consistency, and if we do that, we're going to be fine."

I_medium Louisville's offensive woes are reminding the folks in Bowling Green of the 2013 Western Kentucky team that was coached by Bobby Petrino.

I_medium And finally, if you haven't checked it out, the latest edition of "view from the student section" is worthy of your eyes.