Thursday, 8 PM: #5 Louisville at Houston
As previously mentioned, the Cardinals experienced a tough first half last week before transcendent play by quarterback Lamar Jackson and "brilliant coaching" by the eminently thuggish Bobby Petrino allowed Louisville to turn their contest with Wake Forest from a 12-0 deficit into a 44-12 laugher. I have no idea if Petrino actually stole Wake's playbook, but I am absolutely, positively certain he would have done so just for fun, if it were possible. Petrino is so intrinsically, maliciously, delightfully amoral that it is an oddsmaker's challenge to understand how he has not yet ended up in high political office. Maybe soon. Prior to losses to SMU and Navy, Tom Herman's Houston Cougars were America's Sweethearts, and he was all but guaranteed the grand stage next year at Texas, LSU, or another major power. The Cougars are still 8-2 and Herman's trajectory is still possible — upsetting the Cardinals' playoff dreams would go a long way toward restoring him to favor.