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I_medium Quick note: I will have a full review of the game up on the site at some point tomorrow, I just want to be able to watch the full replay before I wrap up my thoughts. You always pick up new things and see a few other things differently when you watch the game a second time.

I_medium Via the C-J, here's the full list of Cards who made NFL rosters:

Cleveland Browns: Gary Barnidge, Charles Gaines

Chicago Bears: Josh Bellamy, Senorise Perry (IR), Brandon Dunn (practice squad)

Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, B.J DuBose (practice squad)

Buffalo Bills: Preston Brown, Eric Wood, John Miller

Jacksonville Jaguars: Damian Copeland (IR), James Sample

Tennessee Titans: Harry Douglas, Deiontrez Mount

Baltimore Ravens: Elvis Dumervil

Pittsburgh Steelers: William Gay, Dominique Brown (practice squad), Eli Rogers (waived/IR)

New York Jets: Calvin Pryor, Breno Giacomini, Bilal Powell, Lorenzo Mauldin

Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Smith

Miami Dolphins: DeVante Parker

St. Louis Rams: Jamon Brown

Arizona Cardinals: Gerald Christian (IR)

Atlanta Falcons: Matt Simms (practice squad)

I_medium With tonight's Ohio State-Virginia Tech game still to be played, ESPN's David Hale says week 1 was a story of "what if" for the ACC.

The same silver linings exist in Louisville, where the Cardinals' stout defense made one-time Heisman candidate Jeremy Johnson look awful, picking off three of his 21 passes. Freshman QB Lamar Jackson emerged as a weapon with his legs, and after a slow start, Brandon Radcliff and the ground game looked strong.

And yet, Louisville, too, was left wondering what might have been had two first-half turnovers hadn't sparked Auburn's lackluster offense or had a confounding timeout not been called in the game's waning moments.

As Week 1 draws to a close, the ACC can argue that it stood toe to toe with the SEC and, in both games, looked like the better team. But what matters is that it came away with two losses.

And so, with Virginia Tech and Ohio State still waiting to put the finishing touches on the season's opening week, here's where things stand among the Power 5 conferences.

SEC: 12-1

Big 12: 8-2

ACC: 10-3

Pac-12: 7-5

Big Ten: 7-6

It's not so bad for the ACC, really. And given that Virginia Tech still could pull off a signature win Monday night, and the league's presumed elite -- Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech -- have yet to face a marquee nonconference foe, the season is hardly lost.

But imagine if UNC and Louisville had followed through on the promise their performances afforded. Imagine if Larry Fedora had insisted Hood get the ball deep in South Carolina territory in the fourth quarter. Imagine if Bobby Petrino hadn't asked Jackson to throw the first pass of the season, which was picked off by Auburn. Imagine if things had gone just a little differently.

The ACC might be looking at a 12-1 opening weekend, with head-to-head wins over the SEC in their last six regular-season contests.

The SEC might be 10-3, explaining away another defeat by a one-time playoff darling in Auburn.

As hard as the ACC has fought to change the narrative, those numbers would have made an emphatic statement. For all the pundits who have predicted a dull December and January for the ACC, how could they make the case that this was the Power 5's bottom-feeder?

Eleven points were the difference between the ACC dealing a devastating blow to SEC superiority and spending another season muttering about what might have been. Eleven points in two games in which the ACC teams turned the ball over four times in the red zone, in which both ACC teams outgained their SEC foe, in which the opposing quarterbacks were a combined 23-for-48 with just four completions of 20 yards or more. Eleven points.

I_medium Pretty awful news out of Pitt, where reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year James Conner will miss the rest of the season after tearing his MCL in the team's season-opener against Youngstown State.

I_medium I wrote earlier today about the absurdity of college football's clock rules that work to the advantage of the team committing the penalty in the final minutes. Here's an even more egregious example that stat guru Kelly Dickey shared:

Under current rule, a team that is behind and out of timeouts could tackle opponent on 3rd down with 1:41 remaining forcing 4th down, team that is ahead could get delay of game at 1:01, and clock would restart with :25 play clock, giving the leading team until 0:36 to snap the ball on 4th down. The 10-second runoff rule for clock-stopping penalties doesn't kick in until final minute of each half.

Might could be something that the NCAA would want to look at.

I_medium Jaylen Smith gets some much-deserved love from his hometown paper.

I_medium Athlon has Louisville at No. 23 in its preseason college hoops top 25. Kentucky is preseason No. 1 for an 18th straight season ... or something like that.

I_medium Micky Crum has moved on.

I_medium For the fifth straight season, the Kentucky women's soccer took down Louisville with a 1-0 win in Lexington on Friday. The loss dropped the Cards to 1-2-1 on the season.

I_medium The U of L men's soccer team will have a chance to win for the fifth time in its last six matches against Kentucky when the Wildcats come to Lynn Stadium Tuesday night at 7:30. If you can't make it out to the stadium, the game will be carried live on ESPN3.

I_medium The 15th-ranked Cards moved to 2-1 on the season with a 3-1 win over Stony Brook Friday night.

I_medium The Louisville-Auburn game review from Team Speed Kills notes how much the Cardinals' offensive efficiency improved as the game went on.


The main measure here is success rate. Watch this short video if you need to brush up on it.

Auburn 63.2% 45.0% 56.9% 71.4%
Louisville 56.8% 37.8% 48.1% 50.0%

Three of the four offensive numbers for the Tigers are really good. The pass success rate isn't stellar, but it's not horrible. Basically, when Jeremy Johnson wasn't throwing heinous interceptions, Auburn's offense clicked along at a nice rate. The efficiency numbers bear out what explosiveness did above: Muschamp's defense was pretty good against the pass but not against the run.

Auburn 46.2% 53.3% 66.7% 58.3%
Louisville 29.4% 46.2% 46.7% 65.2%

Not surprisingly, the AU defense did its best work at full strength in the first quarter. Losing Carl Lawson and Trey Matthews later on didn't help its cause. Here we see the start of the big theme of this piece, which is that Auburn couldn't finish.

I_medium Today's U says the Louisville defense needs to catch up to its offense in order to compete for an ACC championship.

I_medium College and Magnolia was excited about the Auburn win, but wonders if Tigers fans should be worried about the rest of the season.

I_medium And finally, even though it's a holiday, Ramsey & Rutherford will roll on today from 3-6 on 93.9 The Ville. We will be giving all of our hot takes on what happened inside the Georgia Dome on Saturday, and we will be listening to yours as well. Listen live here.