Props to former Lexington Catholic star quarterback Kyle Bolin, who stepped in for the injured Lamar Jackson (ankle) and led Louisville to a 41-17 win over Syracuse last Saturday.
Bolin completed 24 of 35 passes for 362 yards as Louisville gained a season-high 579 total yards.
Of course, Bolin did the same thing last year when starter Reggie Bonnafon was injured against Kentucky. Bolin stepped in and completed 21 of 31 passes for 381 yards and three scores in U of L's 44-40 win.
Bolin will start this Saturday when Louisville plays host to Virginia.
"He's earned that with his performance," Coach Bobby Petrino said.
■ After an 0-3 start, Louisville is now 5-4. The lone loss was at Florida State. After Virginia, the Cards finish up at Pittsburgh and at Kentucky.
■ The whole divided locker room/team meeting storyline as pertaining to Kentucky football is overblown.
Like how John Calipari addressed that subject a few years back when told his players reportedly held a team meeting. So what, Calipari said. Talk is talk. Move on.
■ Still think much of Kentucky's problems on offense go back to line play. When the O-line has performed — at South Carolina — the offense has produced. When it has not performed — Florida and at Georgia — the offense has struggled.
■ There seems to be a perception out there that UK forced or at least had a strong influence in Mark Stoops' hiring first Neal Brown and then Shannon Dawson as his offensive coordinators. The stronger influence was his brother.
Bob Stoops hired ex-UK offensive coordinator Mike Leach as his first offensive coordinator. When Mike Stoops was offensive coordinator at Arizona — Mark was his defensive coordinator — Mike hired Sonny Dykes, a Leach protege, as his offensive coordinator. Brown and Dawson are out of the same tree.
■ Think sometimes Mark Stoops' comments about the offense make it sound like there is more of a disconnect between the head coach and the offensive philosophy than really exists.
■ Yes, it's very, very early, but Karl-Anthony Towns has four double-doubles in his first six NBA games. Through Monday night, the former UK star was averaging 15.5 points and 10 rebounds a game. That is what is known as a nice start.
■ According to the Sacramento Bee, Drake was at the Kings-Spurs game this week and made sure he caught up with all his ex-UK buddies (DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Rajon Rondo).
■ Shooting may continue to be a problem for Louisville basketball. The Cardinals made less than 31 percent of their three-pointers last year. Rick Pitino's team hit just six of 21 threes in its 77-68 exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Monday night.
■ For those of us who watched Andrew Luck take hit after hit on Sunday by the Denver Broncos and think, "He can't stay healthy playing that way," we were right.
News came Tuesday that the Colts quarterback is out two-to-six weeks with a lacerated kidney.
■ I hope to never find out if a lacerated kidney is as painful as it sounds.
■ Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama's Nick Saban did what the great coaches do. He devised a game plan that would take away LSU's best player, running back Leonard Fournette, and force the remaining Tigers to beat his Tide.
LSU couldn't come close to doing that.
■ Speaking of coaches, I'd say Florida's Jim McElwain is the leader for SEC Coach of the Year.
It could be McElwain, Saban's former offensive coordinator at Alabama, against Saban in the SEC Championship Game.
■ Last weekend's trip to Athens was not a total waste. Saw Jason Isbell on Friday night at Knoxville's Tennessee Theatre. Great show. Beautiful venue. There is more to life than sports.