—Spread check: Boston College by 13.5.
—From the Rumble Seat is still celebrating Friday night’s romp.
—The sixth-ranked U of L men’s soccer team was dealt a tough 2-1 overtime loss by No. 15 Notre Dame over the weekend.
—Christen Cunningham was the MVP of Louisville’s first week of practice.
I like the tactic.
—Bobby Petrino believes his team has “the potential to turn it around” this season.
—Here’s the full transcript from Petrino’s Monday presser.
—Jake Lourim of the CJ gives some thoughts on the first extended viewing of backup QB Jordan Travis.
—Four-star defensive end Latarie Kinsler from the class of 2020 decommitted from Louisville Monday night.
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—The ninth-ranked Cardinal field hockey team took down Michigan State, 4-1 on Sunday.
—Jerry Meyer is the latest recruiting analyst to predict that Aidan Igiehon will wind up at Louisville.
—The status of star Boston College running back A.J. Dillon is still up in the air for Saturday’s game.
Dillon, the ACC preseason Player of the Year, rolled his left ankle early in the third quarter of BC’s 45-35 victory over Temple on Sept. 29. Dillon did not travel with the team for BC’s 28-23 loss to No. 23 North Carolina State last Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.
“I just don’t know yet and this won’t change,” said Addazio during his weekly press briefing at Alumni Stadium. “It will continue to be a day to day, week to week deal and it is just hard to know.
“He made good improvement over the weekend and he is working really hard on rehab. He has to get his strength back and feel good and I just don’t know when that will be.”
—Louisville is No. 99 in the latest S&P rankings, putting them a whopping three spots ahead of Coastal Carolina.
—The Cards are 91 in the Sagarin rankings, a mere three spots behind mighty Princeton.
—Georgia Tech tops the EDSBS top whatever rankings for this week.
1. Georgia Tech. 66-31 over Louisville. The entire idea of the Top Whatever is that I can throw off the shackles of polling, actually move teams around based on their accomplishments that week, and salute teams that actually lived this week, man.
And because living well is the best revenge, I’d be derelict in my duties if I didn’t put Georgia Tech No. 1 this week, their 3-3 record be damned. For Paul Johnson, revenge is best put into a barrel for 12 years and aged to perfection.
In short: Louisville defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and Paul Johnson have a long beef about Johnson’s triple option and whether it works in the 21st century or not. Read the whole saga here, but it revolves around Johnson, then coach at Navy, trying to schedule Georgia Southern because “I want to beat the hell out of Brian VanGorder.”
Something like 4,380 days passed. Johnson left Navy, and VanGorder has had seven different jobs since then. Since 2006, there have been three different presidents, babies have become middle schoolers, and people stopped using MySpace. (In retrospect, we should all probably still be on MySpace.)
Most people probably would have let that slide, or even forgotten about it. Twelve years after getting pissed at VanGorder for saying some pretty standard stuff about the triple option, Johnson reminded everyone that he is not most people.
The funniest part of this: when most teams get a lead, they slow the game down by running the ball and letting the clock run. This would have been fine here for Louisville, except for one thing: ALL GEORGIA TECH DOES IS RUN THE BALL ANYWAY. Even if they were trying to end the game, they still scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Georgia Tech is the best team in the nation this week, and Johnson will be waiting in the parking lot with a tire iron for you. When? Sometime in the next 12 years. You’ll never know exactly when, though. Good luck!
—The U of L women’s soccer team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 3-0 trouncing of Miami on Senior Day.
—Boo Brewer is enjoying the new era of Cardinal hoops.
—Congrats to Scottie Davenport and the Bellarmine Knights on being tabbed as the preseason No. 1 team in Division-II by DII Bulletin.
—The U of L volleyball team moved to 6-0 in the ACC this weekend and jumped to No. 22 in the new coaches poll.
—The kickers are all right.
CFB SPECIAL TEAMS EFFICIENCY (ESPN)— CFB Focus (@cffmwachsman) October 7, 2018
1 Louisville 83.2
2 Toledo 83.0
3 Syracuse 82.1
4 Appalachian State 80.4
5 Troy 77.7
6 BYU 77.4
7 Illinois 77.3
8 North Carolina 76.5
9 Virginia Tech 73.0
10 Oklahoma 72.9
—There are 11 undefeated teams remaining in college football, which is a smaller number than usual for this point in the season.
—Pitt’s tribute video to the late Mac Miller is pretty cool.
—Yahoo’s look at the weekend that was in college football examines Bobby Petrino’s hot seat.
How long will Bobby Petrino last at Louisville?
A temperature check of the hottest seats in the sport should start in the ACC, where North Carolina and Louisville might be the most likely locales for Power Five coaching changes.
And a heat check on Bobby Petrino’s seat shows that it might have surpassed Larry Fedora’s. Louisville is 2-4, and it’s a bad 2-4, featuring three blowout losses — the most recent a 66-31 home humiliation at the hands of Georgia Tech on Friday night. Tech pounded out an ungodly 542 rushing yards on the Cardinals, who looked completely bewildered by Paul Johnson’s trademark option offense.
That falls squarely on the shoulders of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, a tepidly received hire last offseason. Before coming to Louisville, VanGorder had been fired mid-season at Notre Dame in 2016. VanGorder replaced Petrino’s previous underwhelming defensive coordinator, Peter Sirmon, who resigned after the 2017 season. Louisville likely will not be favored in any of its remaining six games.
Should the Cardinals lose them all and finish 2-10, it would be their worst record since 1997 — the year Tom Jurich arrived as athletic director and turned around the football program with a string of savvy hires and fistfuls of cash.
The new coach in ’98 was John L. Smith, and his offensive coordinator was Bobby Petrino. Now Petrino’s Louisville life could be coming full circle, ending in an expensive firing with a buyout believed to be in the $14 million range, depending on the date of dismissal.
—The Last Word on College Football blog gives some fast analysis on Georgia Tech’s demolition of Louisville.
—ESPN once again has Louisville last in its ACC power rankings.
—One of the few bright spots from Friday night.
S/O to my little buddy Bennett! Idc what anybody says, this is what it’s all about fr.. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2CaVb6wFw3— London Iakopo (@iakopo_london21) October 6, 2018
—Danielle Lerner of the CJ profiles Louisville guard Khwan Fore.
—U of L volleyball’s Emily Scott was named the ACC Freshman of the Week.
—Louisville is one of the biggest losers from the first half of the college football season.
Loser: Louisville Cardinals
What a mess. Replacing a college football legend in Lamar Jackson would never be easy, yet a little bit of competence would be great. The quarterbacks have combined for only 6.7 yards per attempt with eight touchdowns compared to nine interceptions. Plus, the running game has mustered only 3.7 per carry. In both 2016 and 2017, the 2-4 Cardinals ranked third and fourth nationally in yards per play. This season, they’re 104th. Louisville’s only victories came against FCS school Indiana State and a limping Western Kentucky program. Bobby Petrino’s job security is dwindling.
—The Sporting News says Jordan Nwora is poised for a breakout sophomore year.
—The piling on continues.
In recognition of its 66-31 win over Louisville, Georgia Tech is offering a three-game Stinger Mobile Pass for its last 3 home games for just $66.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 8, 2018
Cold. Blooded. pic.twitter.com/zxhfNX5YO4
—The Crunch Zone’s LJ Nesbitt has thoughts on the GT game.
—Two Louisville inmates escaped from the LMDC in trashcans on Monday. One of them crashed at a busy intersection hours later.
—Adam Himmelsbach has a terrific read on Terry Rozier’s relationship with his father, who was recently released from jail.
About a week before Saturday’s game in Cleveland, Terry Rozier smiled and said how excited he was to have his father see him play.
“I’ve thought about it a lot,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it for years.”
But as the day drew closer, Terry became more closed off publicly. He said he just wanted to get through the day, and on Saturday made it clear he did not want to say much about it.
Behind the scenes, though, his excitement was evident. He called his father three times on Saturday, the last to tell him he had purchased him a courtside seat.
The father settled into Section 1, Seat 4, Row VIP, two seats down from Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Bock, who is Kevin Love’s girlfriend.
In the first quarter the father used his phone to take videos of his son in action. Just 80 seconds into the game, Rozier spun through the lane for a layup, and his father smiled. Terry seemed well-aware of his special guest and perhaps even anxious, as he took eight first-quarter shots, twice as many as anyone else in the game.
“I can’t even explain this feeling right here,” Rozier Sr. said at halftime from his courtside seat. “To be looking at my son, and be on the floor, too? I can’t even explain it. I’m just so happy. I’m so proud of him. This is a true blessing.”
—And finally, Louisville may have lost badly on Friday, but at least we don’t suck at coin tosses like Georgia Tech.