Friday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Eleven a.m. kickoff time? Shmeleven shmayam shmickoff shmime. Reece Webb is already tailgating.

Spread check: Louisville by 3.

Weather check: Mostly sunny, high of 65, low of 57, ZERO PERCENT CHANCE OF RAIN.

Some solid notable info for tomorrow's game.

--Pitt has won the last four meetings with Louisville, but Louisville won the previous seven matchups. Before that, Pitt was 4-0 all-time against the Cardinals.

--Teddy Bridgewater has completed 70.3 percent of his passes on third down this season, leading the Big East and ranking ninth in the FBS (minimum 20 attempts). Bridgewater has converted a first down on 54.1 percent of those throws, which is the second-best in FBS. The Pitt defense gives up 6.3 yards per play on third down, worst in the Big East. The Panthers' opponents convert 44.9 percent of their third downs this season, also worst in the Big East.

--Pitt is trying to avoid going 0-3 in the Big East for the first time since 2001.

--In their two victories, the Panthers have rushed for 241.5 yards per game. In three losses, they've rushed for 98.0 yards per game.

Athlon gives its preview of Louisville, the team it says is the second best in the country.

Luke Winn's first power rankings of the 2012-13 season have Indiana at No. 1 and Louisville at No. 2.

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Snapping Louisville's losing streak to Pitt is the next item on Charlie Strong's to-do list.

CBS' first Bracketology of the season has Louisville as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and getting their run started in Lexington. Indiana, Kansas and Lexington Basketball Academy are the other three top seeds.

Andrea Adelson talks about Louisville's recent struggles with Pitt and Mario Benavides continues to churn out the quotes.

Coach Charlie Strong made headlines following that loss, when he mentioned the release of a new video game might have played a role in his team's lack of focus. Center Mario Benavides said in a telephone interview this week that he did not think that video game had much to do with the way his team played. The poor performance might have just been a lack of maturity.

"I know I wasn't thinking about my kill streak or anything like that during the game," Benavides said. "For him, it was more frustration because we didn't play up to the level we were supposed to. I just think it was a combination of things. I'm not sure some of the younger guys knew how to handle beating a team like West Virginia."

Since that loss to Pittsburgh, Louisville has won seven straight regular-season games. This is a more mature team, no question. But the Cardinals have not put a complete game together in several weeks. They struggled in the rain against winless Southern Miss. They struggled to put FIU away. They collapsed in the second half against North Carolina and nearly lost.

Six of the eight writers over at Cardiac Hill believe Pitt will upset Louisville tomorrow.

The only two teams in college football to defeat Western Kentucky in the past year are Alabama and LSU. Willie Taggart: so hot right now. Also has the same birthday as me and Pee-wee Herman.

All Hollow's Eve grows closer, and the movement grows larger.

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Through you, the old CC logo survives. Through you, the old CC logo will live forever.

With Pitt coming up, the Louisville defense was expecting a break from the pass-heavy offenses they've faced through the first five weeks of the season. With Tino Sunseri playing the best football of his Panther career, however, that might not be the case.

There have been plenty of questions about the verbal commitment made by Florida wide receiver Marquez Valdes earlier this week. Basically, it's a verbal commitment that hasn't been accepted by U of L, reason being that the staff is still waiting to see what James Quick is going to do.

It was interesting to see that when the initial news broke, Quick tweeted (and later deleted) about being surprised that Louisville had taken another wide receiver. Apparently a text message from Kyle Bolin cleared the situation up and Quick later tweeted "Look i made a mistake i know he isnt going now."

Scout's Jason Higdon has the ultimate summary of the situation.

Howie Lindsey takes a look at the best vertical leapers in U of L history.

It's safe to say Keith Brown has already bought into the program.

Congrats to Calvin Pryor, who has been named a 4th team Midseason All-American by Phil Steele. Pryor currently leads the nation in forced fumbles with four.

Pryor, Mario Benavides, Alex Kupper and Teddy Bridgewater are all members of Steele's Midseason Big East first team.

I hope this kid got full credit.

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The Associated Press says that Louisville is the Rodney Dangerfield of college football right now.

A familiar victim sits atop ESPN's list of the worst non-conference schedules in college basketball for this season.

Slam magazine's college hoops preview has Louisville at No. 1 (and a nice shot of FW).

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via LSL

Big Blue Madness is tonight and Kentucky's star freshman, Nerlens Noel, still hasn't been cleared by the NCAA.

It should come as little surprise that the NCAA isn't Instagram's biggest fan.

Some bad news for Chris Smith's quest to make the New York Knicks roster, as the former Cardinal is going to be out 3-6 months after having surgery on the patella tendon in his left knee.

This would have been pretty cool:

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Cuse Nation likes Louisville to cruise past Pitt.

I have serious opinions on how the dishwasher should be organized and I hate myself for it.

The stickers already gave it away, we didn't need the license plate to reinforce it.

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Navy will not be joining the Big East early, which means the league may be forced to look elsewhere.

My ugly mug is going to be on ESPNU tonight during the ESPN Unite program's Midnight Madness special. No idea when I'll be making an appearance, but rest assured I will work Chicken Knowles into the conversation.

Today has given me a slight glimpse into just how overwhelming the next three months or so are going to be, and I couldn't be more excited.

Fresh off a 2-2 draw with Indiana the Louisville men's soccer team hosts St. John's on Saturday night at 7 p.m. It's dollar beer night at Cardinal Park, and the Big East tilt is the Fox Soccer game of the week.

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Tomorrow is shaping up to be quite the day for Cardinal sports.

The 15th-ranked Louisville volleyball team improved to 17-3 (6-1) with a tough, three sets to two victory over St. John's earlier today.

And finally, ESPN's Robert Smith is the latest of the host of national experts putting Louisville on upset watchtomorrow.

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