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Lucas McNatt has never been happier to see a week end.

—Spread check: Florida State by 7.

—Now we got a road game.

—U of L donor Max Baumgardner has withdrawn a $6 million donation as a result of the firing of Tom Jurich.

—Florida State will be down a pair of wide receivers again on Saturday when they take the field against Louisville.

—Athlon likes Louisville to pull the upset on Saturday.

Final Analysis

Florida State currently ranks last in the ACC in total and scoring offense, but the opportunities to put points on the board should be there against Louisville. Lighting up the scoreboard will be a necessity for FSU against Lamar Jackson and the Louisville offense. Defensively, FSU has faced three top-25 offenses this year and in each case, held the opponent to its lowest point total of the season. The Cardinals however, are a different animal and should be more focused defensively after an embarrassing display at home against Boston College. FSU has been conservative with offensive play-calling early in games. It cannot afford to be this week.

Prediction: Louisville 35, Florida State 30

—Saturday Blitz is also calling for an upset.


As much as the evidence points towards Florida State, it’s still difficult to pick against Lamar Jackson. His team doesn’t have a strong defense and the weapons around him are lacking. As long as he can create points out of thin air, because let’s be honest that’s basically what he does, I’m sticking with the Cardinals over just about anyone.

Florida State has a -5 turnover margin on the year. The Noles have a few crucial giveaways in the second half and give Jackson one too many chances to cash in extra points.

Final Score: Louisville 41, Florida State 38

—The official FSU website previews tomorrow’s game.

—The Orlando Sentinel says this game could be a turning point for Florida State.

—Terry Rozier: Almost better than LeBron James.

—Jim Johnson over at Southern Pigskin makes the case for Lamar Jackson to be the first quarterback taken in next summer’s NFL Draft.

—He wasn’t dealt a great script, but I’m impressed with Donovan’s acting chops.

—The seventh-ranked U of L field hockey team hosts No. 3 Virginia on Saturday, and the ACC regular season title will be on the line.

—The Cards are not among those in the ACC taking part in a secret scrimmage.

—New highlights of U of L commit Robert Hicks are here.

— says we’ll know where the FSU program stands after Saturday.

—Congratulations to Maddie Weber for reading at a genius level before even starting Kindergarten.

—SI discusses (video) what a Teddy Bridgewater return this season would mean for the Minnesota Vikings.

—Jake was crying on the site yesterday, but he’s all good now that the weekend is here.

—Pat Forde’s profile of Rashan Michel, college basketball’s “suit man,” is both shocking and fascinating.

There are many others with basketball ties promoted on the Instagram account: Oregonassistant Tony Stubblefield on two occasions wearing a coat with the yellow stitching; former Kentucky assistant, South Florida head coach and current Illinois assistant Orlando Antigua in February 2016 (Antigua lost his job at USF last year in part because of NCAA violations); former Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison in September 2015; ESPN analyst Jay Williams is pictured holding up three pairs of shoes prior to the 2014 Kentucky Derby; and a picture posted the same day shows Michel at a high-end Louisville steakhouse with famed basketball shadow figure William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley.

Wesley declined comment to Yahoo Sports. Requests for comment from Antigua and Williams through their current schools were not returned. Stubblefield said he met Michel seven or eight years ago at a Final Four and has bought four or five suits from him over the years, but “never” was offered anything in terms of deals with players or financial advisers.

“Strictly suit business,” Stubblefield said.

Shammond Williams, who was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky until resigning in July, said his relationship with Michel is longstanding and above board.

“I’ve known him for over 15 years, at least,” Williams said. “He was an official in the NBA when I played. He used to [officiate] Vince Carter’s celebrity game every summer in Toronto.

“I was always a suit guy. I think I saw him officiate a collegiate women’s game and he presented his business, that he was making suits, so I gave him a chance and he did a great job. I would refer coaches to him. His work was second to none. … The other things that took place [and led to Michel’s arrest], I know nothing of.”

—Eric Crawford recaps Vince Tyra’s first full day on the job as interim (no longer acting) U of L athletic director.

—Best golfer in the world remains from Louisville.

—Billy Reed writes for WAVE-3 that Tom Jurich got a raw deal.

—The chief spokesman for Syracuse athletics has high praise for new U of L hoops assistant Greg Paulus.

—Shouts to the Cards fans headed down to Tally.

—Tomahawk Nation looks at which Louisville players would start for Florida State.

—Donovan Mitchell with a beautiful imitation of Sydney from White Men Can’t Jump.

—Louisville's Rachel Pease was one of six athletes to earn the 2016-17 NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards.

—This is mesmerizing.

—Teddy Bridgewater believes he’s going to play this season.

—Trez brought that shoe fire on opening night.

—Pro Football Focus has Mekhi Becton as the 10th-best performing freshman of the 2017 season.

—The Daily Nole gives us five things to watch in Tallahassee on Saturday.

—He’s not wrong.

—Jimbo Fisher is still saying that his team can’t view this as a revenge game.

—And finally, beat Florida State.