Monday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

The CCBM has never skipped a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest, and it isn't about to start now.

I_medium Bye week spread check: Teddy by 8,000.

I_medium With a noon kickoff now set for Louisville's Oct. 5 football game at Temple, the Red/White scrimmage that day has been set for a 4 p.m. start. Tickets to all three scrimmages are available.

I_medium Teddy strolls in at No. 4 in this week's Heisman Pundit rankings.

I_medium It's crazy how natural this looks:

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I_medium USA Today predicts that Louisville is one of three teams that won't lose a game this season, but says the Cards will be left out of the national championship game. The publication says that Oregon and Ohio State will also run the table.

I_medium Steve Jones hit you with the full transcript from Charlie Strong's segment on the AAC coaches' teleconference Monday morning.

On the defense and whether it makes him proud as a defensive coach

Well, we're four games into it, so we can't really get too excited. We know we're going to hit a stretch here with our conference games, and we're going to have to continue to play well on defense. It's just a matter of our guys making plays and getting off blocks, running to the football and being an aggressive, attacking defense. That's what we want to be. If we continue to play well, we'll continue to get turnovers and get the ball back to our offense, and we'll continue to get negative-yardage plays (on defense). But it's still us wanting to play great defense. It's where it all starts.

On whether there was a running clock vs. FIU

It was one of those games that we were playing so well, and we had a better football team. I don't know if it was a running clock and all that, but it was a situation where I never want to get into a game where we try to see how many points we can put up or try to embarrass an opponent because I respect the game too much. I know this: They had a  lot of injuries over on that side of the football, and we weren't trying to embarrass them. We just want to make sure we play well, and when our second unit went into the game, we want to make sure they got the throws and our quarterback could step back to go throw the football and our defense had a chance with our No. 2s to go play well. That was my main concern.

There was no Monday afternoon press conference with the local media since the team has a bye week.

I_medium Spencer Hall takes a quick look at every team in the top 25.

I_medium DeVante Parker's first touchdown catch against FIU was a semifinalist on ESPNU's weekly "Great8 Plays" program, which picks the best eight plays of the weekend in college football and puts them in a tournament to determine the best. Parker was beaten by a rugby style kick/pass by Eastern Kentucky's punter.

I_medium When Earl Clark goes golfing, Earl Clark will have a picture of Earl Clark's face on Earl Clark's cart.

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Coolest man alive.

I_medium Paul James, Rutgers' leading rusher, will be out at least three weeks with a lower leg injury, head coach Kyle Flood announced Monday. That means he'll miss the Scarlet Knights' Oct. 10 game at Louisville. James hurt his leg during the fourth quarter of Rutgers' come-from-behind win over Arkansas on Saturday.

I_medium ESPN's Myron Medcalf notes that all of last season's Final Four teams will be relying on new point guards this year.

Louisville: Peyton Siva to Chris Jones -- There's a lot of buzz about Kentucky, but rival Louisville might be the best team in America. Chane BehananLuke HancockWayne BlackshearRuss Smith and Montrezl Harrell are all back. But Siva will not be easy to replace. He was Pitino on the floor, a point guard who manned the position for four seasons. Chris Jones doesn't have that Division I experience. But he might be more talented. Jones, the consensus No. 1 junior college player in the country last year, should step in and help the Cardinals by giving the program a versatile and skilled point guard. Plus, he'll have Smith in the backcourt next to him. That should make life easier on him. But his voice on the court and in the locker room will both be significant. Those are the traits that will be the most difficult for Pitino to replace.

I_medium Australian guard Jonah Bolden announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon that he has a final list of UCLA, Michigan, UNLV, Louisville, SMU, LSU, Arizona, Oregon State, Auburn and Vanderbilt.

I_medium Trey Lyles tweeted Sunday night that he would be "announcing something" on Monday. That announcement, according to his father, will definitely not be a commitment. Kentucky and Louisville are considered to be the two favorites for the 2014 big man.

I_medium Cliff Alexander, who recently said that he wants to play college ball with former U of L commit JaQuan Lyle, says that he is no longer considering Kentucky. Maybe they both will end up at DePaul.

I_medium Thanks to everyone who let me know about the picture in the middle of Instagram's front page yesterday. It's glorious.

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I_medium The U of L men's soccer team opened up its AAC season with a decisive 3-0 win at Central Florida. Your game highlights are here.

The Cards return to the pitch on Tuesday night when they'll host SIUE inside Cardinal Park at 7. Louisville fans who purchase a $2 16oz beer will receive a free U of L koozie.

I_medium One final soccer note, senior defender Jimmy Ockford was selected as the American Athletic Conference Defender of the Week on Monday after helping U of L hold UCF to just one shot on goal.

I_medium We'll have the full "Cards in the NFL" post later this week, but for now, a quick (but serious) congrats to Bilal Powell on his career day yesterday. The former CC crush carried 27 times for 149 yards in New York's 27-20 win over Buffalo.

I_medium Your weekly schedule of U of L events:

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I_medium CBS Miami says that Saturday was rock bottom for the FIU football program.

I_medium The debacle that is the Panther program and their PJCS beatdown also gets a mention in Yahoo's weekly "After Further Review" feature.

I_medium The UPS Performance Index Rankings are weird, but they have two AAC teams in the top 10 right now, so I like them.

The statistical components of the UPS Team Performance Index are as follows:

  • Offense (Yards/play)
  • Defense (Yards Allowed/Play)
  • Special Teams (combination of 6 categories - punt returns, opponent punt returns, kickoff returns, opponent kickoff returns, punting, field goal percentage)
  • Miscues (combination of 4 categories - penalty yards, opponent penalty yards, turnovers, opponent turnovers).
  • Quality of Opponent (based on each opponent's TPI rating)

For each of the five components, an Index value is created using a proprietary algorithm, with 100 being average.  For all categories, anything above 100 is better than average and anything below 100 is below average.   The maximum component index is capped at 200 in any category. These components, and the team's win-loss performance, then are combined to reward a team that excels in all facets of the game.

The top ten teams in the UPS Team Performance Index for the week beginning September 23 are:

Rank Team Index
1
Oregon
142.99
2 Florida State 136.06
3 Miami (FL) 135.31
4 LSU 133.67
5
Arizona
131.89
6 Stanford 131.81
7 Louisville 131.80
8 Baylor 130.67
9 Maryland 128.47
10 UCF 127.86

I_medium Bill Connelly grades the 29 undefeated teams in college football, and gives U of L a 3.5 GPA.

I_medium Louisville's focus during their bye week is...staying focused.

I_medium And finally, a detailed look at "Tanking for Teddy" (still prefer "Play Dead for Ted"), and how it took a turn when the Browns upset the Vikings yesterday.

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