My apologies for the lack of content on the site this week. I have been completely crushed under the weight of the SB Nation college basketball preview (look for it next week). Things will be back to normal starting this weekend.
Looking for a reason to be optimistic after the initial College Football Playoff Rankings? How about mathematical guru Nate Silver saying that if the Cards win out, there's about a 40 percent chance they'll make into the national semifinals. He also has a cool little tool that lets you see probabilities for a number of scenarios going forward.
The first two months of the college football season have been great, but now November is here, which is when most of the stuff that we remember forever takes place.
The Cards get some love in the Campus Insiders uni watch.
Top-graded CBs in college football— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) November 3, 2016
Jaire Alexander, LOU, 90.7
Howard Wilson, HOU, 89.8
Desmond King, IOWA, 89.5
Najee Murray, KENT, 89
Malik Williams (the basketball one) highlights are here.
Shoutout to the Bellarmine Knights on their No. 3 ranking in the preseason NABC poll. They'll take on the Cards inside the Yum Center next week.
The fine humans over at BC Interruption preview Saturday's game, and none of them like the Eagles' chances.
The mid-major madness preseason top 25 is loaded with teams that probably don't want to be considered mid-majors.
Lamar Jackson again dominates HeismanWatch.com's, uh, Heisman Watch.
Great news out of Minnesota, where Teddy Bridgewater is walking without the aid of crutches.
Steve Jones outlines the three biggest keys for a Cardinal victory over Boston College.
Sports Illustrated ranks every college basketball team in the country, and has Louisville at No. 13.
The U of L men's soccer team kicks off what it hopes will be a length postseason when it hosts Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ron Cooper is back in town to lead his FIU team against Western Kentucky, and he says now that he thinks things could have gone differently for him at Louisville had he been more mature.
Knowing that Terry Rozier idolized him when he was growing up, Dwayne Wade made it a point to go over to Rozier after the Bulls/Celtics game Wednesday night to give him a hug and have a talk with him.
Would a win over Louisville Saturday save Steve Addazio's job? Probably.
My cousin shaved some of her kids head and he's Jim Boeheim for Halloween pic.twitter.com/tjkc2ej4sj— Kelsey Rae (@Kelso_27) October 31, 2016
Bobby Petrino checks in at No. 5 on Campus Insiders' weekly countdown of the best coaches in college football.
Seth Davis takes a run at previewing SI's No. 13 team, the Louisville Cardinals.
ESPN's Jared Shanker breaks down the "even though Clemson won, Louisville is still probably better" argument.
Lamar Jackson is obviously the Heisman Trophy front-runner, but he's not the only ACC player who should be getting some serious love right now.
The stories coming out now about Lamar and his relationship with his mom are pretty fantastic.
"People don't believe me," Jackson said in a recent interview. "She was an athlete. She used to play basketball. She saw what we were able to do, and she'd go back there and play football with us. She was just making us tougher because she's older, so she's bringing power that we're not used to feeling. We didn't take it like anything different."
Jones tackled him to the ground a few times, and she did not hesitate to talk just a little. "Not gonna lie, she did it," he says.
This went on until Jackson learned how to avoid his mom, and therefore elude tackles. Once he could move past her, she moved on to different workouts, relentlessly pushing her son so he could see the potential she saw. They went to the gym and lifted weights. They did squats. They worked on their core.
"It's all true," Warren said. "What's so remarkable about her is she took on the role of mother, father and coach before she actually knew what she was doing. At the age of 7 and 8, you're just being mom. She was the first one who was able to catch the ball with him. If they had a practice on tackling and mom's got to tackle, then mom's got to tackle. She knew with that gift, in order to be great, he had to put in the work."
What Felicia Jones has done with her son speaks for itself. Lamar Jackson remains the Heisman front-runner with 38 total touchdowns through eight games, on pace to set a new NCAA record.
If you're looking for a proud parent to wave at the camera and gush about her son's success, that's not Jones. She could provide the best insight into why she decided to be so involved with her son and how that influenced his career trajectory, but she remains a relative mystery. And that's how she wants it.
She has declined repeated requests for interviews. Even when Jackson was breaking out as a star in Boynton Beach, Florida, Jones never commented publicly. Jackson says his mom is a private person who just wants him to play football. Those who know her believe she would rather have the spotlight be on Jackson than herself.
NBA Draft analysts break down the prospects of Louisville's trio of sophomores.
The College Football Playoff Rankings are a reality show that wants to be cute. Never forget.
Devonte Fields is a third round pick in the latest NFL mock draft from Matt Miller.
Jeff Walz is ready to make another run at a national title.
Should Louisville be on high alert against Boston College? Maybe?
Athlon is taking the Cards, 42-17.