Friday Afternoon Cardinal News And Notes

Cardinal Bird or Ninja Turtle? Who cares, they're both fan favorites. Well done, Cory Welsh.

Final spread check: Louisville by 3.5

Final weather check: ridiculously awful

Here's the picture U of L is sending out to sportswriters all across American in an effort to get his name more out there.

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I dig it. My only issue is that if these people don't know much about Teddy to begin with then the bubble gum reference is going to be extremely confusing.

This year's Louisville/Cincinnati winner not only gets the Keg of Nails, but the inside track on a BCS bid.

The Annual Score Against Hunger Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held this evening at The Oven. Dare to Care volunteers will be located in the Street Fest area and at all gates to collect monetary donations or non-perishable food items that will be donated to local Dare to Care food banks.

U of L gives its countdown to kickoff.

4 - Louisville recorded FOUR sacks in the win over USF last Saturday.

3 - The Cardinals have three receivers with two or more touchdown receptions.

2 - U of L is looking to be 3-0 in the BIG EAST Conference for the SECOND time since joining the league.

1 - Cardinals are tied for FIRST in the nation in red zone offense, converting 29-of-30 chances.

The Sporting News gives its preview of tonight's game.

Neither rain nor white outs can keep the CC Bird Masks away on this, the final U of L home game before All Hollow's Eve.

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NBC slots Louisville at No. 4 in its rankings of the best frontcourts in the country.

4. Louisville:
Bigs: Chane Behanan, Gorgui Dieng, Montrezl Harrell, Luke Hancock, Zach Price

Gorgui Dieng has come a long way in his time on the Louisville campus, to the point that he belongs in the conversation with Jeff Withey when it comes to the nation's best defensive center. Along side Dieng, the Cards have a pair of big-bodied, athletic power forwards in Chane Behanan and Montrezl Harrell. And don't forget playmaking small forward Luke Hancock, who will be one of the nation's best incoming transfers this season.

Thursday night was a big one for U of L commit Terry Rozier, who reportedly dropped 33 points during a scrimmage with Oak Hill Academy.

Brett McMurphy covers the Big East's newfound freedom to shop around for a TV contract.

The Big East will not agree to a media rights deal with ESPN before the end of next week's 60-day exclusivity window, allowing the conference to negotiate with other networks, according to league sources.

The Big East now will be free to negotiate its media rights deal with other networks, specifically NBC Sports Network/Comcast, which has shown the most interest in the league, and Fox.

In April at the Big East's spring meetings in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., NBC Sports/Comcast and Fox provided in-depth "pitches" to the league's athletic directors. Sources said the league's AD's were most impressed by the presentations from NBC Sports.

I'm sure now the world wide leader's coverage will become even more fair and balanced.

The Cincy Enuirer wonders whether or not the Louisville defense will try to force Munchie Legaux to beat them.

Jeff Goodman keeps trying to make amends by selecting Gorgui Dieng in CBS' fantasy mock draft and then praising him afterward.

18. Gorgui Dieng (Goodman). Yes, I mocked Louisville fans when he became eligible two years ago. Now the 6-foot-11 Senegal native has made me look stupid -- so I'm not going to pass up an opportunity to grab arguably the best defensive big man in the country. I love Nerlens Noel, but Dieng has already done it at this level -- he swatted 128 shots last season and can also score a bit (he averaged 9.1 points per game).

FanIQ likes Louisville over UC in a squeaker.

Prediction: This game has major Big East championship implications and could set the tone for the rest of the season. A win for Louisville would basically set up an undefeated showdown with Rutgers at the end of the year. If Cincinnati can pull off the upset, their date with destiny (Rutgers) will be November 17.

Both of these teams have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, but I give the advantage to Louisville because of Teddy Bridgewater. I expect him to find an early rhythm and keep the Bearcat offense off the field. The sophomore quarterback leads the conference in passer efficiency and a 56.0 percent third-down conversion rate. Also, If the Cardinals' defense can contain Munchie Legaux's outside running lanes and force him into some poor passing decisions, they'll win the game. Another big factor that we can watch for will be time of possession: Louisville is first in the Big East at 32:43, while Cincinnati lays second-to-last with 28:29.

Louisville 28, Cincinnati 25

And finally, this is as big as it's been here in a long, long time. Let's do it.

Go Cards. Beat Cincinnati.

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