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LOUISVILLE, Ky. . -- The 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals insist theyre preparing for No. 2 Florida State like any other opponent. That doesnt mean theyre downplaying the importance of their biggest test to date.Louisville (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) hosts the Seminoles (2-0, 0-0) on Saturday in one of the programs biggest games. More challenges remain for both schools -- including games against defending ACC champion and preseason favorite No. 5 Clemson -- but the winner of this nationally televised showdown can take a major step in the Atlantic Division.We knew that if we were going to make a run in this conference or get to the goal that we want, we had to find a way to beat them, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. We are looking forward to the matchup.Adding more intrigue are two dynamic quarterbacks who have shown they can dominate games.Louisville dual-threat sophomore Lamar Jackson has shown he can win with his arm and legs with 1,015 yards and 13 touchdowns (seven passing) in the nations top offense (754 yards per game). Hes coming off an ACC-record 610-yard offensive performance at Syracuse that included a highlight-reel leap over a defender for a TD along with 72-yard scores running and passing.FSU running back Dalvin Cook saw Jacksons skills in high school in Florida and said, He got better as a passer. Louisville did a great job developing him as a passer.Florida States offense is just as explosive (509 yards) and features redshirt freshman Deondre Francois, who has passed for 681 yards and five TDs. Francois 419 yards passing and two scores helped the Seminoles erase a 28-6 first quarter deficit with 33 unanswered points that beat then-No. 11 Mississippi 45-34 on Labor Day.Neither marquee games nor comebacks are new for FSU, especially in recent meetings against Louisville. The Seminoles have beaten the Cardinals with second-half rallies the past two years, and another competitive meeting seems likely on Saturday with a lot at stake for both teams.We have to bring our A game to play, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. (This will) be another great test and challenge early in our season. ... Were looking forward to the challenge in going up there.----Some other things to watch as Florida State visits Louisville:PROTECT AND SUPPORT: Jacksons running has overshadowed performances by other Louisville rushers who figure to contribute in multiple ways against FSU. Brandon Radcliff had a career-best 156 yards rushing at Syracuse with a 48-yard TD run on 10 carries, while Jeremy Smith and L.J. Scott have turned swing passes out of the backfield into TDs. Not only do they provide additional targets for Jackson, they can also block. Theres going to be more of us involved in the pass protection game, Radcliff said, but thats nothing new for us.ELIMINATE BIG PLAYS: Florida State has already allowed 11 pass plays of 20 yards or more. Safety Derwin James is out for an extended period after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Senior Nate Andrews, who missed the first two games due to a calf injury, is likely to return this week and would move into James spot. Sophomore corners Tavarus McFadden and Marcus Lewis are expected to get challenged early.RACKING UP SACKS: Louisvilles pass rush has started strong with four sacks each in the first two games. Seven Cardinals have at least half a sack with junior linebacker James Hearns 2.5 leading the way. Louisville is tied for ninth nationally.SPECIAL DIVIDENDS: Florida States special teams have exceeded expectations early. Freshman kicker Ricky Aguayo has made all seven field goal attempts while punter Logan Tyler leads the ACC at 46.8 yards per punt. The return game has also been solid with Jesus Wilson returning a punt 89 yards last week. It was FSUs first punt return TD since 2012.ALI TRIBUTE: The Cardinals will wear special red chrome helmets featuring butterfly stickers honoring late heavyweight champ and Louisville native Muhammad Ali, who died in June at age 74. A 30-foot painting of the same design will be displayed in the northwest corner of the end zone, and several presentations are planned. Alis wife Lonnie and son Asaad will attend the game.----Follow Gary B. Graves on Twitter: College Football: Sports Writer Joe Reedy in Tallahassee, Florida, contributed to this report. .ca. Kerry,  Just watched the shootout in the Coyotes/Leafs game and I have to ask, why was the James van Riemsdyk goal allowed to count?  All of the video replays we were shown on TV were inconclusive about whether the puck had entirely crossed the line or not. . Mickelson barely made the cut but had the best round of the day with nine birdies and an eagle coupled with two bogeys to sit two shots behind leader Craig Lee of Scotland. Lee shot a 69 for a 12-under 204 total. "I just love the fact I am in contention and have an opportunity in my first tournament of the year here in Abu Dhabi," Mickelson said. . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. No one climbed Mt. Midoriyama for $1 million in Season 8 of American Ninja Warrior, which was expected but disappointing nonetheless. Veteran Drew Drechsel and wunderkind Daniel Gil were the only two competitors to survive the brutal test of Stage 2 in the season finale, which aired Monday. Their Stage 3 quests, however, came up short, and both of them ended up in the water.Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero both conquered the four-stage course last season, and Caldiero became the first million-dollar winner in the shows history.?This season was as compelling as it was historic. There were fresh faces and new challenges, but above all else, ANW Season 8 will be known for its ground-breaking accomplishments by women.While Jessie Graffs star shined brightest, all of the ANW women proved their athletic chops this season. Meagan Martin hit a city-qualifying buzzer for the third consecutive season, two women ran in the Los Angeles city finals, four women ran in the Philadelphia city finals, and three women punched their own tickets to Vegas. To top it off, a record 18 women competed in the national finals.I think this season was a game-changer for female competitors, Erica Cook said. Girls have been breaking through in the past few years but falling just short of competing on par with the men.When Kacy Catanzaro became the first woman to finish a qualifying course in Season 6, she opened the door for other firsts and helped the ninja community understand that female competitors should be taken seriously. Her triumph was soon followed by Martin and Michelle Warnky doing the same.Catanzaro went on to become the first woman to complete a city finals course. (Shes still the only one to do so.) Martin bested the Jumping Spider in Vegas, but for a few years, Stage 1 was left unconquered by a woman.That changed with Jessie Graff. The 5-foot-8 powerhouse athlete blazed through Stage 1, becoming the first woman to finish the course and placing fifth overall. No one was happier for her than Warnky, her competitor and friend.I loved seeing her run on Stage 2! I knew she had worked so hard for it, Warnky said.Last year, both were unable to beat what Warnky considered to be the easiest Stage 1 in the shows history. But this year, Graff hit the buzzer on what was arguably thhe hardest Stage 1 in the shows history. A record-low of 17 competitors finished the course to advance to Stage 2. Her completion, and this season as a whole, prove that women of ANW are capable of challenging the men.I think [this season] has given girls and women out there more confidence and that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible, said Rachael Goldstein, one of the four women to reach the Philadelphia city finals. Women can compete alongside some of the strongest men, and rank near the top.I know that this season has given me more confidence anyways. Before this season, I was unsure of myself and my ability to compete alongside the best ninjas in the country.For many of the women competing in Vegas, Graffs completing Stage 1 was just the beginning. Shes inspired them to chase their own dreams.This is what some of them had to say about Graff:She is truly an incredible athlete and inspiration for all the ninja ladies to get there, too. -- Tiana WebberleyShe isnt just an inspiration to kids and adults training to reach fitness goals, but to the men and women who compete on the show as well. -- Rachael GoldsteinShe has finally let the females see past the mental block weve all had about Stage 1, and now Stage 2 is the next to be conquered. Most of the females who make it to the Vegas rounds tend to all be thinking, I just want to beat Stage 1! and I personally love that the standard has risen and that it will forever change the mentality of the female competitors, plus the viewers at home. -- Cassie CraigJessie is leading the way for what many women are capable of accomplishing in Ninja Warrior. -- Kirsti PrattIn my opinion, she showed everyone that gender doesnt necessarily confine you. If you work hard enough, anything is possible. -- Erica CookWe always knew women have been fully capable of beating Stage 1, but now that Jessie has finally proved that, its set this awesome and inspiring bar for all other female ninjas. -- Allyssa BeirdIt was an amazing season of American Ninja Warrior. Hopefully next year, there will be even more women making history. Perhaps one of them will even beat Stage 2. 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