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Nick Judah refuses to let the Summer Tour die, and takes it all the way to Petra.

—Spread check: Louisville by 9.5.

—It has been announced that none other than Michael Jordan will be North Carolina’s honorary captain on Saturday and will lead the team onto the field. UNC will also be presenting its 2016 national championship team with its rings during halftime. There will also be football.

—The tip time and television network for Louisville’s basketball game against Indiana on Dec. 9 has been announced.

—No. 8 Louisville and No. 19 Kentucky played to a 2-2 tie last night at Lynn Stadium. The Cards moved to 3-0-1 on the season with the draw. They’ll host No. 2 Wake Forest on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

—Jeff Greer gives us five things to know about North Carolina.

3. Louisville may be in for an offensive output similar to the Purdue game: UNC was stout against California's run ... and not so much against the pass. The Bears ran 35 times for 106 yards or just more than three yards per carry. But they made up for it in the air, torching Carolina for 363 passing yards and four touchdowns. Cal quarterback Ross Bowers had 12 completions go for 15 or more yards.

—Tomahawk Nation says that Florida State’s national title hopes now hinge on the Seminole defense.

—U of L super frosh Emina Ekic has been named the ACC women’s soccer Offensive Player of the Week. The Manual High product netted two goals in the Cards’ win over Kentucky.

—On the men’s side, U of L’s Tim Kubel was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week.

—Brian Bowen’s hair is outrageous and I love it.

I think my favorite part of this series has been how every player has said without hesitation that Darius Perry is the freshman most likely to find himself on the treadmill. Even Darius.

—Matt Hayes has a nice profile of Jake Olson, the blind USC long snapper who was the feel good story of college football’s first week.

—Eric Dungey for Heisman.

—Stacy Thomas for Heisman.

—Four U of L swimmers and three coaches have been named to the 2017-18 USA National Team.

—Xavier has announced a contract extension for head coach Chris Mack.

—Meet James Blackman, the man Jimbo Fisher now turns to at quarterback.

—Trevon Young is finally back to doing what he does best.

—Sports Illustrated profiles Louisville’s Malik Williams ... the basketball one.


Williams was the top-rated recruit of Louisville’s five-man class before Brian Bowen committed in early June, and the 6’11”, 215-pound power forward will figure big in the Cardinals’ plans for 2017-18. He’s one of three Louisville commits among the top-75 players in the class of 2017, and the five-star recruit is also the No. 6 power forward in the class. Williams averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per game in his senior season of high school, and he also has a better long-range game than the average big man.


Louisville lost five players who averaged nine or more minutes per game last season, meaning there’s ample opportunity for each of its freshmen—especially Bowen and Williams—to earn big-time minutes or at the very least learn the ins and outs of Rick Pitino’s system. Williams was Pitino’s primary target in terms of recruiting in the class of 2017, and his game fits well with the Cardinals’ physical, defensive style of play.

BucketHatism is back over on The Crunch Zone.

—To be fair this is exactly how I celebrated anything cool that happened to me when I was in college. Or anything not cool, really.

—The NCAA might soon vote to allow all D-I transfers to be eligible to play at their new schools immediately. That would completely change the landscape of college football and basketball.

—The U of L men’s tennis team has released its 2017-18 schedule.

—Trey Lewis with what is described as a game-winner, but if that’s the case, this might be the most muted reaction I’ve ever seen for a game-winning shot at the buzzer.

—We won’t know about the TV version until after this weekend’s games, but the radio version ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be in Louisville for the Clemson game on Sept. 16.

—Our dude Bill Everett for the Crestview News Bulletin is making college football picks again this year, and he likes Louisville over North Carolina by 13.

5. Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels — Cardinals can make the football fly up and down the field, Louisville by13.

I don’t think Bill has ever tossed out a Louisville prediction without using the word “fly,” but that’s why we love him.

—This is the hardest I’ve laughed in a long time.

“He’s makin’ a mockery outta ya.”

—Seedy K’s pigskin prognostications are back for week 2.

—Three of Scout’s top five freshmen in the ACC for 2017-18 are Dukies. None are Cardinals.

—UNC’s Scout site previews Saturday’s game.

Matchup to Watch

Jackson vs. UNC’s front seven

While the Tar Heels defense didn’t live up to expectations in Saturday’s loss to Cal, UNC’s run defense was stout. The Tar Heels held the Golden Bears to 106 rushing yards with the longest run of the day going for only 12 yards. However, Cal runs a pass-heavy offense, and Louisville’s Jackson is a different animal with the ball in his hands than Cal quarterback Ross Bowers. The Cardinals’ star quarterback has the wheels to make any defensive front look silly, and UNC will have to depend on its depth up front to not tire out early. UNC’s defensive line and linebacking corps will be tasked with maintaining gap control and not allowing wide seams to form for Jackson to slip through when plays break down.

—Tomahawk Nation keeps Louisville at No. 3 in its week two ACC power rankings.


—One of the biggest stories to come out of week one was the play of freshman WR Dez Fitzpatrick.

While those two receptions were big moments in the game, Fitzpatrick thought the first reception was his hardest catch. Trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Fitzpatrick caught a 15-yard pass from Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson that was definitely something that calmed Fitzpatrick's nerves.

“It was definitely a relief,” Fitzpatrick said. “When the ball was coming, I thought I was not dropping this ball. When the ball came, I just focused really hard. Lamar was rolling to his left; I saw the ball coming, and I got big eyes; and made sure I caught it and got down for the first down.”

Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway thought the rookie played well, but still hasn't reached his entire potential, which is understandable for a receiver playing in his first collegiate game.

“I thought Dez came in and gave us a spark,” Galloway said. “He made four great catches, clutch catches, in big-time moments when we needed him. I tell Dez all the time he needs to show us in practice. He's been doing that. He needs to clean up some things in his routes, and he should have had three touchdowns in the game.”

—Miami-Alabama will play in the other Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2021, which means it’s more likely than not that Louisville and Ole Miss will be playing in the Labor Day night slot.

—The Greensboro News & Record’s Brant Wilkerson joins the throngs of folks who believe Chazz Surratt is North Carolina’s best option at quarterback.

Going strictly by the numbers, Surratt is the man for the Tar Heels, but as important as numbers are in evaluating a quarterback, it’s never strictly about the numbers.

"You can't do it all in one game," Fedora said. "You just can't. There's too many things, too many variables. But we'll see. We'll to continue to battle it out there, and we're going to put the guy on the field who we think can help us win a football game."

It wasn’t long ago that Harris was helping LSU win big in the SEC, throwing for 2,165 yards and 13 touchdowns as he guided the Tigers to a bowl victory and a 9-3 season in 2015, all while a public struggle played out between Coach Les Miles and the LSU administration.

On Saturday evening, Harris was among the first players to face reporters and didn’t downplay his two interceptions.

“It’s obviously not the game you want, especially when you’re in a new environment, in a new conference, with a new team and coaches are still getting a feel for you,” Harris said. “Ultimately, it falls on you as a quarterback. Any time you don’t do that, the score ends up being 35-30.”

Larry Fedora has already said the both quarterbacks will see the field against Louisville.2

—Sports Illustrated’s bowl projections have Louisville playing Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

—And finally, here are your ACC football notes for week two.