—Spread check (football): Louisville by 4.
—With the Ravens taking on the Texans this weekend, there are about three dozen retrospectives on the 2016 Louisville-Clemson game on the internet today.
After halftime, Louisville intercepted a Watson pass that bounced off a Clemson receiver, giving way to 26 unanswered points that included three Jackson touchdowns, one through the air and two on the ground. Meanwhile, Clemson went three-and-out on one drive and fumbled on another. The Tigers lasted just four plays on the possession after that and gave the ball away again with Watson’s third interception.
Swinney: When you’re going against (Jackson), it doesn’t matter what the score is. It doesn’t matter where the ball is on the goal line. You just have to be high-alert all the time because he can score anytime. He’s so slick. He’s like Houdini. He just gets out of trouble, and then he’s got the arm talent to stretch the field.
Watkins: It changes up your whole rush mentality because you want to get upfield, you want to get pressure on him — but one little small crease, and he’s going to run.
Cain: He scrambled, stiff-armed a dude to the floor, shook one of our safeties, and then walked in the end zone and started looking back at everybody. I was like, all right, this dude is different.
Louisville running back Brandon Radcliff: (My favorite memory from the game is) probably Lamar running on the left sideline toward the entrance, where the visiting team comes out of. He was high-stepping. He was just having so much fun out there.
Swinney: He just keeps coming, and we got tired. They ran 99 plays in the game, and that’s a credit to Lamar. He just found a way to keep moving the chains.
Jackson: I play Lamar Jackson ball. I don’t play nobody else’s ball.
That night was, without question, the most intense game environment I’ve ever experienced, and I’ll be surprised if it ever winds up being topped.
—Bob Stoops appears to “officially” not be a candidate for the Florida State head coaching job.
—Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz are coming to Indiana to take on the Pacers on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and the Pacers have wisely dubbed the evening “University of Louisville Hat Night.”
Every ticket purchased through this offer includes an Indiana Pacers & Louisville co-branded New Era hat.
The first 200 tickets purchased are invited to a VIP Pregame Viewing before doors officially open, granting you private access to watch NBA players warm up from courtside seats! Details for the VIP Pregame Viewing will be sent to all attendees prior to the game date.
You can sign up to take part in the evening here.
—Some awful local news: Louisville native and former NC State basketball star Anthony Grundy was killed Thursday during a fight here in town at a party for his mother’s birthday.
Indiana coach Archie Miller and NC Central coach LeVelle Moton — who will be in town to face Louisville on Sunday — were among those mourning the loss of Grundy.
So Tough to hear the news of the passing of one my Best Men. Thoughts and Prayers go out to everyone impacted. Take it way back with a couple of these. Absolute Warrior, one the most fearless I have ever been around. #RIPAG #GRUNDY pic.twitter.com/t5V0aCriYJ— Arch Miller (@Archie_Miller) November 15, 2019
RIP to my brother Anthony Grundy. Ultimate competitor. You will be missed..— LeVelle Moton (@LeVelleMoton) November 15, 2019
—The new black U of L license plates are officially available in the state of Kentucky today.
—For the first time in nearly 50 years, it appears Notre Dame will not play in front of a sold-out crowd at home this Saturday. The Fighting Irish’s active sellout streak is currently at 273 consecutive games, but it doesn’t appear they’re going to get there for this Saturday’s game against Boston College.
—My mind, body and soul are ready for at least 35 of these videos.
—Tickets for Sunday’s USL Championship match at Lynn Stadium sold out in just 96 minutes.
—Here’s the official release on U of L signing Jay Scrubb, JJ Traynor and D’Andre Davis.
—Maybe I’m just forgetting a time, but I’ve yet to see the “Eyes” BLOB play fail to work since Chris Mack’s arrival here.
Add two more "eyes" baseline out of bounds baskets in the past two games for Chris Mack: pic.twitter.com/7yUJx1w1kF— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) November 15, 2019
—Three Indiana judges have been suspended for “behaving in an injudicious manner” after a failed attempt to visit a strip club led to a drunken brawl outside an Indianapolis White Castle that ended with two of the judges being shot.
—The quarterback play at Louisville this season has been vastly superior to what NC State has gotten.
Louisville at NC State— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) November 15, 2019
These schools produced two NFL MVP candidates, but their QB play this year could not be more different.
Louisville QBs have a QBR of 72, 2nd-best in the ACC behind Clemson.
NC State QBs have a QBR of 35, 2nd-worst in the ACC ahead of Georgia Tech.
—On a bum ankle, Myles Powell dropped 37 points last night and nearly led Seton Hall to an upset of Michigan State. He was absolutely the only Myles in the sports world who did anything noteworthy.
—The U of L women’s golf team has announced its fall signing class.
—Highlights from the women’s basketball team’s win over Central Michigan Thursday night:
—Eric Crawford shares some additional thoughts about the win over the Chippewas.
—Henry Clay quarterback DJ Van Horn has committed to Louisville as a preferred walk-on.
—Friday Irrelevance, triple helping:
I can’t stop watching this pic.twitter.com/8SELd5A6CY— Jessica Smetana (@jessica_smetana) November 10, 2019
I have watched this approximately 9,345,678 times so far today pic.twitter.com/6ND1H1qAMF— Lisa Bizzle (@Lisa_Bizzle) November 9, 2019
—U of L football has received the AFCA Academic Achievement Award.
—The CJ says converting in the red zone is a big key to Louisville toppling NC State Saturday night.
—Any way you want to slice it, Javian Hawkins has been spectacular this season.
Most breakaway runs (15+ yards) among FBS RBs:— Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam) November 14, 2019
1. Chuba Hubbard, Okla St – 23 (879 yards)
2. LeVante Bellamy, WMU – 22 (699)
3. Travis Etienne, Clemson – 20 (670)
4. J.K. Dobbins, OSU – 19 (584)
4. Javian Hawkins, Louisville – 19 (547)
4. AJ Dillon, Boston College – 19 (462)
—Turnovers are the focus for NC State heading into this weekend’s game against Louisville, a team which is 4-0 on the season when winning the turnover battle.
—Athlon is going with the Wolfpack to pull the slight upset.
Both Louisville and NC State are looking to move closer to bowl eligibility with a win on Saturday. This appears to be a good opportunity for the Wolfpack to snap a three-game losing streak.
Louisville’s defense has given up 133 combined points over the last three weeks, so expect NC State to use a lot of Zonovan Knight to help take pressure off of Devin Leary. Junior receiver Emeka Emezie and tight end Cary Angeline could also have a bounce-back week as well.
Saturday’s game should be entering but the NC State defense could be the difference.
Final Score: NC State 37, Louisville 31
—The staff over at Backing the Pack are less confident, as four of their six writers like Louisville to get the win.
—John is in Raleigh with the team, so it’ll be me and our own Keith Wynne hosting R&R this afternoon from 3-6 on 790-KRD. You can listen online here.
—And finally, beat NC State.