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I feel ya, kid.

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—Spread check: No line.

—Brett McMurphy’s latest bowl projections do not have the Cards in the postseason.

—The Louisville men’s soccer team faces rival Kentucky tonight. Here’s a preview.

—UniSwag says Louisville had the fourth-best uniforms of opening weekend. So there’s that.

—Angel McCoughtry makes the list of the 25 greatest WNBA players of all-time.

—The Atlanta Voice says Ole Miss proved it’s an SEC contender with its stylish win over Louisville.

—The U of L women’s soccer team tasted defeat for the first time this season with a 1-0 loss to Western Kentucky on Sunday. The Cards are now 4-1.

—You’ve taken enough. The dog is ours.

—It took overtime, but the 5th-ranked Louisville field hockey team edged Princeton.

—The Three-Man-Weave crew is out with its annual list of the 100 best players in college basketball. Samuell Williamson gets an honorable mention nod at No. 125.

—A group of former players voiced their displeasure with Scott Satterfield Monday night.

—Here’s your 2-minute recap of a not-so-great opening week for the ACC.

—A dismal first half proved to be U of L’s undoing in Atlanta.

—Lane Kiffin said running the ball was the one area where he was disappointed with his team on Monday.

—The Clarion Ledger says maybe Louisville stinks, or maybe Ole Miss is awesome.

Conner epitomized Ole Miss’ destruction of Louisville in a single play when he rumbled through Louisville defensive back Chandler Jones en route to a fourth-quarter touchdown that sealed the victory.

“I definitely want to come back here in December,” Conner said when asked about playing at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which also hosts the SEC Championship.

Ole Miss back here in December?

That seems far-fetched, especially if you watched Alabama’s destruction of Miami on Saturday. But I suppose it’s possible.

Stingy defense and explosive plays were the story for Ole Miss against Louisville, writes the Daily Journal.

—Publix is coming to Louisville.

—The CJ takes an early look at the top five area high school football games this weekend.

—At least someone had a good Labor Day night.

—A bunch of U of L recruits were in attendance for last night’s debacle.

—Here’s hoping Scott Satterfield stayed off Twitter Monday night.

—Teddy: Still the best.

—Bellarmine athletics has officially made the switch to Nike.

—Eric Crawford shares his thoughts on Louisville’s season-opening performance.

The game was over at halftime. And probably before that. Louisville was sleep walking. Despite a decent opening drive, when Louisville took over for its final drive of the first half, it had 69 total yards for the game and trailed 26-0.

The line couldn’t block. The receivers weren’t separating. Quarterback Malik Cunningham wasn’t getting rid of the ball and the offense was surprised that Ole Miss was dropping eight into coverage and basically basing its entire game plan on bottling up Cunningham.

Louisville dictated nothing. Between the Ole Miss offensive and the Ole Miss defensive game plan, the guys in blue decided how the game would be played.

Even when Louisville did good things, it couldn’t make them count. A throw-back pass to Cunningham could’ve been a big gainer, but the one block that needed to get made didn’t get made, and it went for 9 yards. Just before halftime with Louisville driving for a touchdown that it absolutely had to have, a speed option pitch to Hassan Hall on 4th and 2 was fumbled, and the threat ended.

You find yourself asking how a team this hungry, supposedly, after a frustrating 2020, could play that first half? And the answer is that the talent, frankly, isn’t there in the quantity that it needs to be. The coaching staff defections took a toll, but the problem is that you couldn’t point to a player on offense, not a back, not a wideout, not a lineman, where you could say – that guy is the weapon, attack with him, build behind him.

Louisville was not a good team in 2009. But even that team could run behind center Eric Wood.

—Ole Miss fans are over the moon about the team’s defensive performance against Louisville.

—Here’s The Oxford Eagle’s game recap.

—And finally, a nice film study on Lamar Jackson here.