Thursday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

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Zach Lytle is the world's No. 1 toddler Cards fan. Says so right on the bottle that he keeps on his work desk.


Your standard Louisville/Missouri State preview capsule from Yahoo.

For those who have been bothered by its absence...spread check: no line.

The hype is pretty large heading into Friday night's women's soccer showdown between 4-0 Louisville and 4-0 Kentucky.

Is this game every bit the rivalry that you hear about in football and basketball?

"Yes. Absolutely. 100 percent. It is a huge rivalry. It is a passionate and important game to us and our fan base. We understand that. It is every bit the game for every other sport. One of our players was joking around, you could make up a card game and as soon as you play the team in red that we don't say a lot, it's going to get heated. It's going to get after it. We have to bring that intensity and yet be able to relax. This is what it's all about. You come to the University of Kentucky, you come here because you want to play in these kind of games outside of the SEC against Louisville and inside the SEC, obviously. You don't want to play this game, don't come to the University of Kentucky."

The race for the Big East title gets underway tonight when Cincinnati hosts Pittsburgh. The Big East Coast Bias says that the rest of league will be rooting against the Panthers tonight, and for the rest of the season.

The U of L football blog takes a look at the matchup between Louisville's defense and the Missouri State offense.

WDRB's college football notebook looks at Teddy Bridgewater's early standing in national rankings.

As we speak, University of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leads the nation in completion percentage at 90.5 percent (Geno Smith of WVU is second at 88.9).

In 11th in the same statistic is Western Kentucky QB Kawaun Jakes, who completed 18 of 23 passes and threw for four TDs in the Hilltoppers' opener. Maxwell Smith is 29th in completion percentage.

Now, if you want to talk efficiency rating (and the NCAA's is different from the NFL's), Jakes is No. 2 in the nation (behind Andrew Manley of NMSU) with a rating of 235.06, and Jakes is tied for second in the nation (with USC's Matt Barkley, among others) in TD passes.

Bridgewater ranks 15th in the nation in efficiency rating (183.28) and ninth nationally in yards per attempt (11.0).

Louisville fans will get a chance to see their potential future quarterback in person when Kyle Bolin and Lexington Catholic visit Louisville Male tomorrow night at 7:30. Bolin has completed 54 of 95 passes (56.8 percent) for 626 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions for the 2-1 Knights. Male is a perfect 3-0.

You gotta understand, Calvin Pryor loves the kids.

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Syracuse will be wearing special uniforms when they host USC this weekend. They're probably going to win now.

Florida State is a 70.5-point favorite over Savannah State this weekend, the largest spread in the history of college football. I'm not sure I could be friends with anyone who took the 'Noles to cover that.

Really proud of you guys for not jumping in the baby pool so far.

Rick Pitino has told his team no more pickup games for the rest of the offseason.

"I said I don't want you playing pickup basketball, because that's how you regress," Pitino told WDRB-TV. "I said I'd rather you play one-on-one basketball, with these rules-games of five. If you play games of five you're playing hard on offense, hard on defense, winners come on.

"Play no more than that. Anything more than that, you start to break down, you don't guard, you don't have your hands ready, you don't play defense, you don't really get after it offensively. So I've given them certain things to follow-improve your quickness, improve your strength and spend 45 minutes on your game each day."

The men's soccer team will be looking to get back on track this Saturday when it hosts Army.

The world agrees with Charlie Strong.

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The "where are they now" for The Sandlot is actually kind of depressing. Come back to us, Tommy Timmons.

I do not approve of your headline writer, Harlan Daily Enterprise.

And finally, I'm back on the radio with Mark Ennis tonight from 7-9 on ESPN 680. You can also listen live or anytime on ESPNLouisville.com.

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