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Sunrise in the East: Game day at Louisville

9/17/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Why are Louisville and Kansas State playing on a Wednesday night? Louisville officials thought they had scheduled a bye week to avoid conflict with the Ryder Cup, which will be played at Valhalla in eastern Jefferson County. But the event was switched to a different date, putting the Kansas State game in direct conflict. Thus we have Wednesday night football.

The Courier-Journal's C.L. Brown says we'll finally learn something about both teams, as Kansas State has played nobody and Louisville's one real game against Kentucky was a disaster. Columnist Rick Bozich says Kansas State invented the idea of scheduling softies in order to make a bowl, hurting all of college football in the process.

I come to blame Kansas State, and its former coach Bill Snyder, for popularizing the increasingly gutless approach to scheduling that has become the absolute rage in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Pick a patsy. Pick two. Stuff your schedule with as many nobodies as possible. If you're good at it, as Kansas State usually is, you can find four slugs from outside your conference. Dominate the nobodies and then fool everybody by winning those four games as well as a few more inside your conference. Then you can call yourself a bowl team. A good time will be had by all.

* Jim Brown weighs in on the Syracuse situation with CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. "Oh, it's terrible," Brown told Dodd. "I like the coach as a person but I think they're going to have to make a move. You can't let the program go so low."

* Rutgers has seen the Navy triple option each of the past five years, but that doesn't make it any easier to stop, Aditi Kinkhabwala writes in the Bergen Record.

* Matt Grothe for Heisman? The USF quarterback tells the Tampa Tribune's Brett McMurphy: "Honestly, I don't have a chance in hell. Not just this year, any year. It's politics."

* Pitt outside linebacker Shane Murray is ready to make his season debut against Iowa after recovering from an August knee injury, Paul Zeise notes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

* UConn's defense needs to be disciplined against Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant. Griffin ran for 217 yards last week against Washington State, and Huskies coach Randy Edsall compares the freshman to Pat White.

* The pace will be furious in the thin air Thursday, as West Virginia and Colorado both like to play without huddles, Mike Casazza writes in the Charleston Daily Mail.