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Brittany Myers takes the 2016 CC Bye Week Tour to Italy.

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I_medium Bye week spread check: Thinking I'll finally feel better about everything after this weekend's over by 2.

I_medium The 8th-ranked U of L men's soccer team hosts No. 3 Syracuse tonight at 7 in a massive top 10 clash. Here's your preview.

I_medium The chair of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee made some comments to CBS about Louisville and Lamar Jackson that are encouraging.

Hocutt mentioned without solicitation how impressed he is of Louisville, which lost in the closing minutes last week to Clemson.

"You think about, just as an example, the impression Louisville has made on me as one of the 12 [committee members] this year," Hocutt said. "I didn't know a lot about [quarterback] Lamar Jackson before this year. But I'll tell you what. There probably hasn't been a player in college football that has had a stronger impression on me at this point in time than that young man has."

If Louisville makes the playoff, the ACC might have two teams in the field. No conference has put two teams in during the CFP's brief history.

For a nonconference champion to make the playoff, "someone will have to demonstrate unequivocally to this committee that they're one of the best four teams in college football," Hocutt said. "That day will come. Will it be this year or in year four or five years? I don't know."

Hocutt and the committee's new members -- Jeff Bower, Herb Deromedi and Rob Mullens -- went through a mock dry run after three weeks. The real rankings start on Nov. 1. Even then, they will still change until after the conference championship games.

Hocutt, the athletic director at Texas Tech, will now be the new voice each Tuesday to explain the rankings. Previous chair Jeff Long, the Arkansasathletic director, remains on the committee.

"I'm one-twelfth of the equation, but it will be my responsibility if I agree with the consensus of the group or not, I'm going to speak on behalf of the group," Hocutt said.

I_medium ESPN's David Hale answers a number of mailbag questions about Louisville's playoff chances, and seems to agree that the Cards' best shot includes a 13-0 performance from Clemson.

I_medium If you've ever wondered about the famous 222-0 win by Georgia Tech over Cumberland which took place exactly 100 years ago today, Jon Bois has all the insane details and backstories. Seriously, this video is awesome:

I_medium Jeff Greer gives us his four biggest storylines for the 2016-17 Louisville basketball season.

I_medium The 21st-ranked U of L women's soccer team played No. 24 NC State to a 1-1 draw last night at Lynn Stadium. The result moved the Cards to 7-3-3 on the season and 2-1-2 in ACC play.

I_medium Clemson fans lit Bill up for the results of a formula he created but does not control, but he handled it well.

I_medium Jeremy Weatherton of the Greenville Journal writes about the Clemson game day experience for a Louisville fan.

I_medium Louisville's offense and Ohio State's defense are the best in the country when it comes to adjusted stat ratings.

I_medium Vince Young sees himself in Lamar Jackson, but believes the Cardinal signal caller has a chance to have a better NFL career.

I_medium Nickeolodeon's airing a 30-year "Double Dare" anniversary special with Marc Summers.

Ok, world, let's not let this October get away from us the way last October did.

I_medium Tom Herman says that if Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh got into a fight, Meyer would win. That's a real story today.

I_medium The ACC Digital Network is celebrating its five-year anniversary, and as such, they're giving us their five favorite moments.

I_medium Preston Brown lost a bet.

I_medium The first and second round NCAA Tournament games that have been pulled out of North Carolina are going to Greenville, SC ... which beats us for the second time this week.

I_medium Baseball America gives us an inside look at Ballard High star/Louisville commit Jordon Adell.

I_medium Louisville has offered class of 2018 running back Marcus Caldwell from North Carolina.

I_medium Pretty sure having an agent before turning professional is also going to get you in some trouble, Easton.

That being the case, openly advertising the fact that you have an agent is probably an error in judgment.

I'm just kidding, you are awesome.

I_medium I haven't read this oral history of MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" yet, but it's going to happen.

I_medium The behind the scenes pictures from yesterday's U of L basketball photo shoot were kind of cool.

I_medium It also appears as though Quentin Snider is going back to his high school number of 4.

I_medium The Wall Street Journal names Hillcrest Avenue in Louisville as one of the best places in the world to trick-or-treat.

I_medium A Clemson website dissects the film from the third quarter of the Louisville game. If you're going to watch one of these, it should probably be the one from this quarter.

I_medium ESPN has Louisville at No. 14 in its new college hoops rankings.

14. Louisville Cardinals
There may be times this season when certain, let's say,distractions make it difficult to focus on the quality of Louisville's actual basketball. We won't go so far as to call that a shame; given the circumstances, it probably tops out at "bummer." Still, though: Rick Pitino will take McDonald's All-American V.J. King and Penn transfer Tony Hicks and a bunch of dudes an average college basketball fan couldn't pick out of a lineup and mold them into a terrifying, amorphous defensive beast. Pitino always does, and it's always worth appreciating.

Duke is No. 1.

I_medium The U of L volleyball team got a much-needed ACC win over Boston College last night.

I_medium Clemson will be facing Louisville's exact opposite when it takes the field tonight against Boston College.

I_medium And finally, R&R is live from CC Powersports this afternoon from 3-6. Louisville sports will be the topic. Listen here.