Spread Check: Louisville by 2.5.
Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician hits you with all the standard information necessary to prepare for Friday's game.
Syracuse is likely to be without three key players -- cornerback Wayne Morgan, tight end Kendall Moore and starting right tackle Ivan Foy -- against the Cards on Friday.
Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer ruled cornerback Wayne Morgan out of Friday's game against Louisville in his Tuesday teleconference.
Previously the Orange's third-choice cornerback, Morgan missed SU's 31-15 loss to Notre Dame after having a knee procedure late last week. He won't play when the Orange (2-2) takes on the Cardinals (4-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, Shafer said. Additionally, tight end Kendall Moore and starting right tackle Ivan Foy are "probably doubtful" for the game against the Cardinals, too.
With Morgan out against Notre Dame, converted wide receiver Corey Winfield played significant snaps, getting beat by Will Fuller for a 72-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Morgan's absence also forced Julian Whigham and Brandon Reddish to play more downs.
The Louisville men's soccer team tasted defeat inside Lynn Stadium for the first time after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ohio State Tuesday night. The Cards will defend their unblemished ACC mark on Friday when they travel to NC State for a 7 p.m. match that will be carried on ESPN3.
Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution says that Georgia fans who celebrated the departure of Todd Grantham just may have been wrong.
Louisville is on upset watch this weekend according to ESPN's Andrea Adelson.
Louisville (4-1, 2-1) at Syracuse (2-2), 7 p.m., ESPN. Line: Louisville by 4. The last time the Cardinals took a trip to the Carrier Dome, they were unbeaten and ranked No. 9 in the country. They promptly lost, as Scott Shafer completely befuddled Teddy Bridgewater and company while serving as defensive coordinator. Shafer is now the head coach, though Louisville looks radically different than the team that came to town in 2012. The offense has been running in starts and stops, and quarterback remains up in the air. Meanwhile, Syracuse had some highlights on defense in a loss to Notre Dame that it can perhaps build upon headed into its league opener.
Via Troy Machir, Louisville is one of 15 Big Five conference programs that has never hosted an ESPN College GameDay (football). The other 14: Baylor, Cal, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Virginia and Washington State.
Speaking of GameDay, the basketball version of the show announced some major changes on Tuesday. First, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams were named as the replacements for Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose. They'll join Jay Bilas and Rece Davis to make up the show's quartet.
Second, the show will be following in the footsteps of its football counterpart by waiting until the start of a week to announce its next site. The move is a no-brainer, but it probably ruins the "guarantee" that Davis gave us last year of the show making its first trip to the Yum Center. Still, so long as Louisville comes at least moderately close to its preseason expectations, it's a safe bet that the show winds up making an appearance here.
Louisville's inability to keep from fumbling the ball against Wake Forest was one of the 10 worst performances of the weekend in college football.
Questionable. RT @MLB: Tomorrow is October - the greatest month of the year. #postseason pic.twitter.com/Gs5k5i186d— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) October 1, 2014
For the second straight week, Louisville is a 300/1 shot to win the national championship in Vegas. The Cards and Georgia Tech are the last of the 31 teams still on the board.
Team Odds on 9/23/14 Current Odds
Alabama 13/2 6/1
Florida State 15/2 15/2
Oklahoma 15/2 15/2
Auburn 15/2 8/1
Oregon 9/1 8/1
UCLA 18/1 12/1
Baylor 18/1 14/1
Georgia 16/1 14/1
Michigan State 20/1 14/1
Texas A&M 12/1 14/1
Ohio State 20/1 20/1
Notre Dame 25/1 25/1
Mississippi 33/1 33/1
Mississippi State 40/1 33/1
USC 25/1 33/1
Nebraska 40/1 40/1
Stanford 40/1 40/1
BYU 66/1 50/1
LSU 50/1 50/1
TCU 75/1 50/1
Wisconsin 40/1 50/1
Florida 100/1 100/1
Missouri 300/1 100/1
Oklahoma State 300/1 100/1
Iowa 150/1 150/1
Kansas State 150/1 150/1
Arizona 150/1 200/1
Marshall 100/1 200/1
Maryland 200/1 200/1
Georgia Tech 300/1 300/1
Louisville 300/1 300/1
South Carolina 40/1 Off the Board
Penn State 66/1 Off the Board
Washington 75/1 Off the Board
Arizona State 100/1 Off the Board
Cincinnati 300/1 Off the Board
Oregon State 300/1 Off the Board
North Carolina 500/1 Off the Board
Pittsburgh 500/1 Off the Board
Rutgers 500/1 Off the Board
Tennessee 500/1 Off the Board
Texas 500/1 Off the Board
Gerod Holliman is not receiving Heisman odds ... yet.
A pair of the prizes for this contest include a basketball autographed by Russ Smith and a Malcolm X pamphlet signed by Muhammad Ali.
ESPN wonders whether surprising Georgia Tech is a legitimate threat to win the ACC title.
Eli Rogers has had no problem reminding his teammates this week of what happened the last time the Cards went to the Carrier Dome.
"They beat us - bad. I remember that," Rogers said, recalling the loss that halted the Cardinals' first rise into the top 10 since 2007 and derailed their 9-0 start. Syracuse thumped them that day, rolling up 524 yards of offense and handing them their largest margin of defeat in Charlie Strong's four years as head coach.
Of course, U of L still finished 11-2 that season, beating Florida in the Sugar Bowl to cap one of the program's best seasons. But the feelings from that Syracuse game, which started a two-game skid for the Cards, still lingered as game preparation for the rematch began.
"I brought it up in practice," Rogers said. "I just told the team and reminded them about that game and how important it is to practice hard through this week."
Kevin Ware makes ESPN's list of 10 overlooked players who figure to have a big impact on the upcoming hoops season.
Shakin the Southland breaks down Clemson's running game up to this point in the season. The Cards will see that running game firsthand in two Saturdays.
The formula utilized by the Football Outsiders geniuses has Louisville as the No. 3 defense in the country.
Syracuse defensive coordinator George McDonald previews Louisville:
DeJuan Wheat is on Twitter -- @DWSports32
Your Syracuse depth chart for Friday.
Ladies and gentle. Your starting qb @RegSoSpiffy1 at The University of Louisville rides a bike with a basket to class pic.twitter.com/lPSsP0sO38— Kade McClure (@kademcc) September 30, 2014
Cardinal commit Dahu Green went national on Tuesday. He's going to go even more national once he gets to Louisville.
It's looking like Yankuba Sima could wind up being the annual U of L signee whom no one had heard of two months earlier.
The U of L women's tennis team went 4-0 on the final day of the Notre Dame Invitational, and finished the three-day tournament with a 9-3 mark in singles play.
Can A QB Throw My Way Plz— charles Gaines (@clgain02) September 28, 2014
The U of L men's soccer team was No. 8 in the first installment of the RPI heading into last night's match.
Congrats to the U of L men's golf team on capturing first place at the Cardinal Intercollegiate tournament on Tuesday. Sophomore Robert Geibel was the top Cardinal finisher, posting a score of 215 to finish the event tied for third place.
We've started our preseason top 25 college hoops countdown over at SB Nation with No. 25 Kansas State and No. 24 Harvard.
WATCH: A new running documentary follows Wesley Korir's incredible odyssey. http://t.co/v1qTtLrpNG pic.twitter.com/FknAJ0tUXk— Runner's World (@runnersworld) September 30, 2014
U of L volleyballer Tara Gowan has a pretty interesting backstory.
Seeing more Brandon Radcliff on Friday night is probably a safe bet.
Some of the Wake Forest fans who made the trip up to Louisville last weekend were extremely impressed with both the city and its people.
During our recent visit to Louisville to watch our Wake Forest football team, I was approached by several people in our hotel, in the parking lots, at the stadium, and in a local restaurant. We were greeted and welcomed to the city and to The Ville by many.
We want to recognize one very nice family that we met in an restaurant on Breckenridge Lane. After some small talk about the day's game and Louisville's move to the ACC, we were shocked to later learn that the gentleman and his family had paid for our dinner. We were impressed by the hospitality by the citizens of your fine city and hope we can show equal respect when the Cardinals make the trip to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem, N.C.
MIKE AND CECILIA KING
Pinnacle, N.C. 27043 -
This breakdown of Teddy Bridgewater's old Gruden's QB Camp segment might be one of the strangest and most over-the-top things I've ever read 20 percent of.
This is the best tweet from Syracuse game week so far.
We are the innovators. They are imitators.
Leaning towards awesome. RT @condrab @CardChronicle for the Florida St game. Awesomeness or blasphemous? You tell me pic.twitter.com/4KrmragA7W— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) September 29, 2014
ESPN's Matt Fortuna says Syracuse could find success on Friday by taking a cue from something they did before the 2012 game.
Syracuse will see Louisville's quarterback controversy and raise it a kicker controversy.
@CardChronicle The dislike for Marquette runs deep. Here's letting them know we still dislike them #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/3uzf0fnJHD— Dustin Cain (@CardinalCain) September 24, 2014
I can accept that.