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Friday Morning Cardinal News And Notes

Kate Puffer, Louie and Dr. James (sans CCBM) and Jane Ramsey lead U of L from Homecoming into Florida State game week.

I_medium Bye Week Spread Check: "And just like that, in the blink of an eye" by 6.

I_medium Athlon has Louisville at No. 3 in its ACC preview, and has only Montrezl Harrell on the league's first or second team.

I_medium The U of L women's basketball team has been picked to finish third in its ACC debut.

I_medium ESPN's Andrea Adelson says it's time for Louisville to adopt a defensive mentality.

"I felt we had individuals who could be really good at their positions, so we talk about that as winning your one-on-one matchups," Grantham said. "As you go through the day and you work, try to be the best at your position and if you're the best at your position, and we can get you in one-on-one situations, you're going to affect the game, which is good for our team. We've been able to get some matchups that are positive for us and those guys have made some plays." 

Controlling what happens in the pass game could be critical for Louisville, considering how big a threat Jameis Winston is to take over at any moment. If the Cards can take away options likeRashad Greene and Bobo Wilson, their chances improve greatly. 

No team has held Florida State to fewer than 30 points with Winston as the starter; nobody has scored 30 on Louisville this season. 

It is obvious that Louisville will have to hold the score down to win. At least the Cards have practice doing that. 

Cannot ask much more than that headed into the biggest challenge of the season.

I_medium A week after Louisville and NC State squared off in a rematch of the 2011 Belk Bowl, the two quarterbacks who led their teams in that game will be going up against one another in the NFL.

I_medium Jimbo Fisher spoke to the media following Thursday's practice in Tallahassee.

I_medium The living legend:

I_medium The U of L men's soccer team will play its last home ACC game of the season tonight against Clemson, one of the two teams the Cards are currently tied atop the Atlantic Division standings with. First kick at Lynn is at 7:30.

I_medium Jeff Greer goes three questions with Wayne Blackshear.

You said in April that this was your last chance to do what you came here to do. Take us through your offseason approach to getting to where you want to be.

Blackshear: It was good. I didn't go home. I had to stay here. I know this is my last go-around. I had to really stay in the gym every day, nonstop, and just get my confidence back. I had to work my way back into Wayne Blackshear mode. I really don't want to speak on what I'm going to do or what I want to do. I'm just going to go out there and compete the best that I can.

And with Chris Jones.

Do you dig Rick Pitino's Mighty Mouse nickname for you?

Chris Jones: No. I refuse to dig that name. But (Pitino) showed me the video. I didn't know who Mighty Mouse was. He's going around, beating people up with his cape on, flying everywhere. I was like, 'Whoa.' I didn't know. He showed me that video but I felt a little more comfortable after that. After Googling it, I was like, 'OK. This might slide.'

I_medium The U of L women's soccer team scored a 1-0 overtime win over Pitt Thursday night. The win improves the Cards to 3-3-2 in ACC play.

I_medium Clearly Tim has been doing okay in the five months since graduation.

I_medium Some U of L hoops recruiting updates for the week here, including the news that the Cards have extended a scholarship offer to class of 2017 guard Brian Bowen of Michigan.

I_medium Florida State is the Big 5 team most likely to win its conference, although ESPN says they do have "one potential stumbling block" at Louisville.

I_medium The Sporting News' Kami Mattioli went to SEC media days and asked coaches and players to give their take on the role of shoe companies in college basketball.

Of the twelve players asked their opinion on the subject, all replied that they knew at least one person in their time on the AAU circuit who openly admitted that part of his decision to commit revolved around the type of shoe that particular school was affiliated with.

Ole Miss (a Nike school) senior guard Jarvis Summers was the most forthcoming in his answer. He called it a "big recruiting advantage" for schools that share the same brand affiliation as a prospect's AAU team.

"I played for the Jackson (Miss.) Tigers in AAU and we were sponsored by Nike and a lot of players on my team, they didn't want to go to an adidas school," Summers said.

I_medium If you must party deck, party deck like this:

I_medium Because they hate art and the finer things in life, the Memphis Grizzlies have waived Earl Clark.

I_medium Louisville Sports Live wonders if U of L ought to change the third down music inside PJCS, a move Lorenzo Mauldin says he is in favor of.

I_medium The New York Daily News says that Calvin Pryor hasn't been the impact player that Jets fans were expecting this season.

I_medium Florida State has not been treating its bye week the way most teams do.

And don't get the wrong idea.

Just because this is a bye week doesn't mean the practices are any less intense.

That's not really an option at Florida State.

"No," junior linebacker Reggie Northrup said with a laugh. "Our bye week's not a normal bye week - like everybody else thinks a bye week is. We practice like we've got a game this week."

I_medium Despite being a rookie, Preston Brown has been the player tabbed with making the calls for the Buffalo Bills defense.

I_medium In Philly, Marcus Smith (probably) wants to move back to outside linebacker, something his coaches aren't as keen on at the moment.

I_medium And finally, happy FSU game week, kids.