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November 1, 2013

CSZ: BCS still alive? The Bullet returns

With Houston's win over USF on Thursday night, the stage is now set for next Saturday's big game, and one that Cards fans should definitely be interested in. Next Saturday at 7:00 pm, Houston plays on the road at Central Florida. If the Cougars win, and don't lose anymore games this season (besides to UofL), then that sets up a 3-way tie for 1st place in the American, assuming UCF only has 1 loss also.

In the 3-way tie, the team with the highest BCS ranking would get the BCS bid, and that would likely be the Cards since UCF would have this loss late in the season and it would be hard for them to make up ground. Of course all of this can be made simpler if UCF just goes on to lose 2 games the rest of the way.

Next Wednesday at 7:00 pm, Louisville will play its second and final exhibition game before the regular season starts. This one will be against Pikeville, and there will be a familiar face for the Bears. Former Louisville Cardinal Elisha Justice is a guard for Pikeville. When they played last season, Justice was injured and did not play, but he was in attendance. In their most recent game, a 98-68 win over Tennessee Wesleyan, Justice had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Pikeville still plays on Friday and Saturday before making the trip to Louisville.

There have been some recent rumblings about 2014 wide receiver commit George Rushing (Fort Lauderdale, FL) possibly decommiting from the Cards. He has even been asked that himself from "a lot of people." Rushing said "Yeah everybody keeps asking. Do people think I'm going to decommit? Because I have no such plans. I love the 'Ville and what they're doing." It certainly sounds like Rushing is ready to be a Card.

On Monday night, running back Justin Crawford became the 2nd commit for Charlie Strong's 2015 class at Louisville, joining QB Ross Trail from Olive Branch, Mississippi. Crawford is from Columbus, Georgia and has an offer from Boston College and being shown interest from Georgia and Auburn. Crawford is listed at 6-feet and 195 pounds.

This Sunday, the women's soccer team will host a 2nd round game in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. On Friday night at Cardinal Park, 7th seed Memphis (11-7-0, 4-5-0) will take on 10th seed Houston (1-11-3, 0-9-0) at 7:00 pm. 2nd seed Louisville (12-4-1, 8-1-0) will take on the winner on Sunday at 4:30 pm at Cardinal Park. With a win, the Cards would head to Orlando, FL for the semifinals and hopefully finals of the tournament. The semifinals will be next Friday (Nov 8) and the finals next Sunday (Nov 10).

Teddy Bridgewater is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the nation's best football player. He is one of 16 players remaining, and here is the full list.

Tajh Boyd SR QB Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater JR QB Louisville
Ka'Deem Carey JR RB Arizona
Derek Carr SR QB Fresno State
Brandin Cooks JR WR Oregon State
Mike Evans Soph WR Texas A & M
Melvin Gordon Soph RB Wisconsin
Sean Mannion JR QB Oregon State
Johnny Manziel Soph QB Texas A & M
Marcus Mariota Soph QB Oregon
AJ McCarron SR QB Alabama
Aaron Murray SR QB Georgia
Bryce Petty JR QB Baylor
Bishop Sankey JR RB Washington
Lache Seastrunk JR RB Baylor
Jameis Winston FR QB Florida State

Calvin Pryor was named as a Jim Thorpe semifinalist, which goes to the nation's best defensive back. That list is down to 15 players, and the finalists will be announced November 25. This season Pryor has 47 tackles and 3 interceptions, not to mention some absolutely brutal hits on opposing players.

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