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The Clark family brings the 2018 Summer Tour to Grand Teton National Park.

—The preseason S&P Projections have Louisville at No. 26 to begin the 2018 college football season.

—The U of L women’s soccer team moved to 3-0 on the young season with a 1-0 road win over Dayton. Next up for the Cards is a Sunday date with Michigan in Ann Arbor.

—Chris Mack talks about the insanely difficult non-conference schedule that he’ll be facing in his first year at Louisville.

—The Louisville men’s soccer season begins tonight with a 7:30 home match against St. Bonaventure.

—Alabama is already obnoxious, but what if they became the college football version of the Golden State Warriors.

College Football Quest is the only season preview translated into video game language.

—Go Cards, go Fed.

—The 8th-ranked U of L field hockey team kicks off its 2018 season today at 3 p.m. against Indiana. The Cards will take on No. 24 Ohio State on Sunday. Here’s a weekend preview.

—The Louisville volleyball season also begins today. The Cards host Tennessee-Martin at 12:30 and then are back on the court at 7:30 to face Southern Illinois.

—Jake Lourim lists five questions that will make or break Louisville’s football season.

—The new women’s basketball banner is looking solid.

—Jerry Palm says the NCAA’s move to the new NET ratings is a good idea, but that the formula needs to be made public.

—The USIU Soaring Gulls were the greatest show in college basketball, until the whole school went belly up. Good story here from Russ Steinberg.

—A true freshman quarterback who started the summer fifth on Wake Forest’s depth chart has been named the Demon Deacons’ starter for 2018.

—Put it on a shirt.

—It’s Sandlot Night at Slugger Field. Come out and get your Ham Porter bobblehead.

Five storylines to follow during tonight’s local high school football action.

—Louisville vs. Tennessee in the first game of the Preseason NIT in Brooklyn is official. The Cards and Vols will tip-off on the day before Thanksgiving at 5 p.m., followed by Kansas/Marquette. If Louisville wins, they’ll play at 9 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving. If they lose, they’ll play at 7.

—The Alabama smack is really heating up.

Justify didn’t even attend Louisville! When will the scandals stop?

Let me know the next time you see an elephant stomping around Tuscaloosa, Bama Belle.

—This is more like it.

—With Tobias Little likely out for the season, Malik Staples is ready to answer the bell.

—As a city, Louisville ranks fourth in the country when it comes to business growth.

—The Montgomery Advertiser says “bad intentions Louisville” doesn’t have much of a shot against Bama.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said after Thursday’s practice that top-ranked and defending national champion Crimson Tide have begun preparing for next week’s opener against Louisville in Orlando.

“The message is how are you going to respond to a team that has bad intentions for what they want to do against you and what you want to accomplish yourself,” he said.

Bad intentions?

Saban is really trying to make sure his players take the 26-point underdog Cardinals seriously. Tall order, but as always, Saban’s focused on the Tide doing their job.

“More games are lost on mental errors and stupid mistakes probably than anything, especially in openers,” he said. “That’s certainly something we’re going to work hard to try to eliminate.”

—Tim Sullivan’s crystal ball says fortune could favor a bold Bobby Petrino.

—Streaking the Lawn plays the ACC football teams as Simpsons characters game. Louisville is Poochie, which is ridiculous.

—Your Friday Irrelevance is also the best video of the summer. Just hang in there until the end and thank me later.

WHO STEALS SOAP?

—Alabama has begun its game prep work for Louisville.

—Part two of our Q&A with Roll Bama Roll focuses on how the Cards can shock the Crimson Tide.

—And finally, we’re wrapping up the last week without Cardinal football from 3-6 today. We’ll talk about our high school game of the week (Ballard at Male), the latest news coming out of Tuscaloosa, and the fact that there is actual college football that counts taking place in less than 24 hours. You can listen to the show here.