—Spread check: Louisville by 44.
—Louisville baseball season tickets are officially on sale.
—DJ K-Dogg’s tailgate mix for the Kent State game is here for your consumption.
—It’s the fashion craze that’s sweeping the city.
—Here’s a very cool video on the life of former Cardinal Bilal Powell.
—Trinity’s Rondale Moore — who is smashing school records for the Shamrocks — will visit Purdue this weekend. If Jeff Brohm can flip him from his commitment to Texas, Moore would become one of the highest-rated recruits in Purdue history.
—U of L running back Dae Williams announced on Twitter over the weekend that he has been cleared by team doctors to return to practice.
—Now you have to read the whole thing with the CCBM on. That’s the rule.
—As you might expect, ESPN had hidden motives in its decision to bring College GameDay to New York this weekend.
—In related news, the ACC Network headquarters will be located in Bristol and not Charlotte or somewhere else in North Carolina is previously thought.
—Despite Louisville’s lopsided loss to Clemson, the Cardinals haven’t fallen victim to the College Football Playoff eliminator just yet.
—At least U of L’s uniforms drew solid reviews on Saturday.
—We’re just three games into the Jeff Brohm era and already Purdue has become one of the most fun teams in college football.
—U of L announced this week that for the first time since 1970, it’s not going to fund its student-run newspaper. That seems shitty.
—U of L golf alum Adam Hadwin has advanced to the finals of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.
—Get to know Cardinal freshman Malik Williams a bit better.
This week, we put freshman Malik Williams on the ⌚. Take 60 seconds to get to know the Cards' F/C. pic.twitter.com/T8mhe3vZsn— Louisville Athletics (@GoCards) September 20, 2017
—Stephan Van Treese, aka The Vanilla Godzilla, announced his retirement from basketball Tuesday night. Best of luck to the big guy in his next move.
—Alabama’s kicker hasn’t missed anything since receiving a phone call from Justin Thomas.
—John Clay has been to all 30 of Kentucky’s 30 straight losses to Florida. He discusses the five that stick out above the rest.
—David Pollack thinks Lamar Jackson is already out of the Heisman race.
—Jeff Greer says there was something missing from Bobby Petrino’s review of the Clemson game.
But Louisville didn't stick with Jackson's runs or Williams, even as they powered the Cards' only scoring drive when the game was still a contest.
The pre-snap reads dictated it, Petrino said Saturday, and so did the score. Yet it was 0-0, 7-0, 7-7, 10-7, 16-7 and 19-7 over the first 36 minutes, hardly out of reach.
The series that produced U of L's touchdown in the first quarter consisted of an incomplete pass, three Jackson read-option runs for 55 yards, a 19-yard catch and run by Williams and the 11-yard rollout toss to Standberry.
Six plays and 95 yards in 1:58, the longest drive Louisville had before the interception.
Maybe that's why Louisville's defense was so tired in the second half, because Louisville didn't keep Clemson's defense on the field enough. U of L had the ball for 12:19 out of the first 36 minutes of the game; Clemson almost doubled that.
Dialing up the things that were successful vs. Clemson might've helped Petrino's team regain the confidence it supposedly lost sometime between last year's thrilling 42-36 loss at Death Valley that U of L was in position to win and Saturday.
It might've harnessed what Jackson was doing well vs. continuing to focus on what he wasn't doing well, especially as his receivers dropped several catchable passes.
Petrino wasn't implicating himself at all when he said that maybe "our decisions just weren't the same thing we'd been doing all year long."
Based on Saturday's game plan and play calling, it seems like he should have.
—The 15th-ranked U of L field hockey team wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 2-0 loss to No. 14 Northwestern.
—Despite being a blowout, Louisville-Clemson had higher television ratings than the USC-Texas double OT thriller that was on at the same time. I would have just as soon it didn’t.
—Jeremy Smith’s father says the running back will seek a medical redshirt so that he can return to Louisville for one more season.
This would have been Smith’s final year of eligibility, but he should qualify for a medical redshirt to be able to play next year. Williams said by phone Tuesday that Smith intends to do so at U of L and not become a graduate transfer somewhere else.
“That hadn’t even crossed our minds at all,” Williams said of transferring.
Smith, who played his first collegiate season at Fresno City College before transferring to U of L, will be a fifth-year senior next year.
“His main focus right now is getting healthy and graduating and getting ready for next season,” Williams said.
—NFL ratings are down, and maybe that’s because the teams in the league have very little incentive to be good.
—Bellarmine’s 2017-18 basketball schedule, which includes an exhibition game at Freedom Hall against Cincinnati, is out.
—The U of L men’s soccer team was dominant in a 3-0 win over visiting IUPUI Tuesday night.
—The Cards are No. 10 in the latest coaches poll.
—Come on, Stanford.
—The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has made Louisville vs. Ole Miss in 2021 official.
—Samardo Samuels has been released in Spain.
—Pro Football Focus grades Lamar Jackson’s performance against Clemson.
—Shakin’ the Southland reviews Clemson’s win over Louisville and is thankful the Tigers didn’t see more of Malik Williams.
—Lindy’s previews Louisville-Kent State.
KEYS TO THE GAME
As if Kent State didn’t have enough problems having lost two of three games with a lone win over an FCS program, the Golden Flashes now figure to catch a Louisville team looking to make somebody pay after the 47-21 beat down from Clemson last week.
The No. 19 Cardinals and Flashes meet at noon Saturday at Louisville’s Papa John Stadium. The regional telecast will be on ACC-RSN.
Louisville was hoping for a statement win when it hosted Clemson last week but instead laid a mutant egg.
The final 26-point margin didn’t fully reflect how overmatched Louisville looked at times. Its defense couldn’t get a stop when one was needed, and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson was overrun by the Tigers’ deep, relentless pass-rushing line.
All the Cardinals (2-1) can do now is regroup and reload.
“We’re not where I thought we were as a football team,” Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. “But it’s a long season ahead of us, a lot of games ahead of us, and we have a lot of work to do. The most important thing for us is to get better from here on.”
—The U of L women’s soccer team hosts No. 23 Florida State Thursday night. Here’s a match preview.
—And finally, Fox Sports writes about Louisville looking for a bounce back effort against Kent State.