We are truly living in a blessed age when the most important college football game of the week, one of the most important of the season, not only involves Louisville, not only is being played on a Thursday night ... but actually is being hosted by Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights, before tonight, have never played a ranked team while being ranked themselves. And they're picking a helluva way to start it off.
If Louisville — 6 1/2-point favorites, if you're into that type of thing — wins tonight, it has only a road trip to Pittsburgh standing in the way of an undefeated season and probably a wildly unlikely berth in the BCS "Championship" Game. Rutgers, however, could win this game, win the rest of their games, win a major BCS conference, go undefeated ... and still not make it to the BCS title game. Which is insane and drives us up the wall.
But long way to go before we get to that point. Until the Ohio State-Michigan mayhem in just more than a week, this is as important a college football game as you'll see, and they're going to be rather bonkers in New Jersey this evening. So, as always, we encourage any of you sitting at home drinking and watching this endeavor to call out your Soprano sightings and random Lee Corso merkin screams in the comments section. Make friends, pop the cork, kick back your feet and watch out for random MMP videos. And enjoy.
Murphy's Law [SI.com]