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Thursday Night Quick Hits

First of all, the Gators will open up the basketball season tomorrow against Samford.  The game will start at 8 pm, and I fully expect a full-house in the O-Dome on the eve of the Florida-South Carolina football game.  The Gators coasted through the first two exhibition games against Barry and Northwood, and should be ready to feed off the crowd and beat up on Samford.  As of right now there are no pressing injuries or discipline problems, so the title defense is all ready to go.

Card Chronicle is fired up for the Louisville-Rutgers matchup this evening.  The Rutgers crowd is extremely pumped, with the stadium being absolutely packed and the rally towels out in full force.  Both teams are undefeated and ready to attempt to stay that way this evening.

Obviously this has national implications because of the BCS ranking of the Cardinals.  If they can get through the Scarlet Knights this evening in New Jersey, Louisville has a very good shot at staying unbeaten this season.  If that happens, let the arguments begin.

Speaking of Louisville and Rutgers, Orange and Blue Hue thinks that the Big East Conference is overrated.

Ah, the Ole' Ball Coach.  Every Day Should be Saturday points us to this TBO article full of several Spurrier quotes.  One of them is regarding former UF coach Ron Zook:

"Zooker never thought much about the past, did he?" Spurrier said. "There's a fact of life that winners admire winners and losers resent winners and try to find something negative about them ...."

You gotta love the Ole Ball Coach.  Unless he's outcoaching your team and ultimately beating them, which is what exactly happened in Columbia last season.

Finally, Reggie Nelson has been declared a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award, the college football honor given to the top defensive back in the nation.  Congrats goes out to Reggie, a very vital part of the Gators defense this season.

Busy day tomorrow with class, work and Gators basketball.  I will definitely get an open thread up on Saturday for anyone interested in chatting it up about he Ball Coach's return to the Swamp.  Until then, GO GATORS!