Friday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

The only way to start a big weekend for Louisville sports is with Bryce Banks, Gorgui, and ten Big East championship trophies.

Spread check: Louisville by 5.5.

Weather check: despite today's nasty weather, tomorrow is still looking pretty good at partly cloudy with a high of 61. Chance of rain is still just 10%.

With 4-1 morning line odds, Russdiculous has opened as the second choice in tomorrow's third race at Santa Anita. Horse Russ will break from the seven spot. Post time is set for 2 p.m.

The tailgating world of PJCS will be tuned in...figuratively.

South Florida is looking to restart its season on Saturday against Louisville. ''It's kind of a restart button,'' he said about the second half of the Bulls' season.

''We can't change the first six games, but we can learn from it, evaluate it (and) move on as a football team.''

While many of USF's matchups have been close, its Big East results have been disastrous with losses in 10 of its last 11.

The Bulls' last visit to Louisville could provide inspiration for how to put together a winning effort.

''We went up there two years ago and found a way to win in OT (24-21),'' Holtz said of his team's 2010 victory here. ''We're looking for that kind of jump start.''

A good post from the fine folks over at Voodoo Five about what they don't want to see tomorrow against the Cards.

The Card Chronicle Bird Mask movement has invaded Kentucky Sports Radio.


Best Halloween season I can remember.

The U of L women's soccer is celebrating senior night this evening at Cardinal Park against Cincinnati. The Cards head into the game at 9-4-3 overall and 4-3-3 in Big East play.

The men's soccer team will go through the same celebration tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against Villanova.


Breaking: Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright are both very good.

A high school kid in Washington sent a game to overtime with a 67-yard field goal (video).

Congrats to the Louisville volleyball team on sweeping Syracuse earlier today.

Jim, thoughts?


At 8-1 in the Big East, the Cards are now set (volleyball pun!) for a first-place showdown with 7-0 Marquette on Sunday.

USF might be utilizing some younger players in some expanded roles against Louisville tomorrow.

Teddy Bridgewater's summer studies are currently paying off on the field.

"He is doing a lot of things that, to the naked eye, you don't see," Watson said. "He is running so many different cadence tempos at the line of scrimmage. He's really managing our huddle and leading. He is doing a lot of things in the signal game, with our kill game and our check game. He is running like a pro right now. He is playing the best football I ever had a quarterback play. I've never had one play like this."

In fact, sometimes Bridgewater is studying defenses a little too hard for head coach Charlie Strong's liking. He'll run deep into the playbook trying to diagnose what is happening on the other side.

"He's like, 'Coach, I'm trying to see where the pressure is coming from because I know they're coming from somewhere,'" Strong said. "I'm looking at the play clock. I want to make sure we get that ball snapped."

Charlie Strong held his weekly radio show on WHAS Thursday night, and the only really interesting thing he said was that Dominique Brown is now completely healthy. He'll still redshirt unless something happens to Senorise Perry or Jeremy Wright.

I need a tailgate more than I need air.

Greg Auman lists five players who could step up and play a big role tomorrow against Louisville.

Sean Price, TE: True freshman from North Marion still seeks his first catch, but expect to see more of his physical 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame. Next year, with seniors Evan Landi and Andreas Shields gone, he could step right into a starting role.

D'Vario Montgomery, WR: Another true freshman, Montgomery looks to follow the path of Andre Davis, who last year had four catches in the first half of the season, then 18 in the second half. At 6-5, he'll present mismatches against shorter corners.

Reshard Cliett, LB: Sophomore got his first start against FSU, but went down with hamstring injury after only four plays. The hard-hitting converted safety should start at strongside, allowing senior Sam Barrington to move to middle linebacker.

Tashon Whitehurst, LB: True freshman made a splash with blocked punt against FSU, but expect him to get more reps at weakside linebacker - he'll be a candidate for a starting job next year when Barrington and Michael Lanaris graduate.

Clavion Nelson, DE: Redshirt freshman is huge at 274 pounds, but USF coaches like the way his long arms can deflect passes at the line of scrimmage. Coming off bench, he'll be a help to Bulls' run defense against Louisville's power offense.

And finally, beat South Florida.

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