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Monday Morning Cardinal News And Notes

While at the Acropolis in Greece, Billy told his wife that she needed to take a picture of him so he could fulfill his goal of being on Card Chronicle. His wife was not thrilled that he was thinking about such things during their European vacation. Billy has the last laugh this Monday morning.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville opened as a 10-point underdog at Clemson, a line which has since moved up to -12.

I_medium This is going to wind up being the first time in 19 games that the Cards have entered a game not favored to win. It'll also be the first time since March 2, 2013 that U of L football or men's basketball team has gone into a game as an underdog. The good news, as we noted last week, is that Louisville football hasn't lost a game as an underdog since the 2011 Belk Bowl against NC State.

I_medium For all your Clemon-related opinions and storylines this week, Shakin' the Southland is your spot.

I_medium The Post and Courier has a few early nuggets on this weekend's game, including the fact that 25-0 in games at Clemson where the Tigers are double-digit favorites.

I_medium The U of L men's soccer team capped off a rough week with a 2-1 loss at NC State on Friday. Despite the loss, Louisville outshot the Wolfpack 19-9, and finished the evening with a season-high 15 corner kicks, as opposed to just three for NCSU.

After their 1-0 home loss to Ohio State last Tuesday, the Cards have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since last September. They'll look to get back on track tomorrow with a huge match against rival Indiana at Lynn Stadium.

I_medium The U of L women's team spent its weekend battling to a scoreless draw with Duke. The tie moved the Cardinals to 1-1-2 in ACC play.

I_medium Deadspin compares how college football programs have been recruiting since 2009 with how they've performed on the field over that same period of time and then charts the results. Louisville, in case you were wondering but don't want to click on the link, has performed almost exactly up to par with the way it has recruited.

I_medium Congratulations to Angel McCoughtry and Team USA on capturing their second straight gold medal at the women's world championship with a win over Spain on Sunday.

I_medium So this is actually happening.

The atmosphere at Commonwealth did look pretty awesome Saturday, but storming the field and making t-shirts for a game whose highlights didn't even make it onto SportsCenter is just begging everyone else to make fun of you.

I_medium For those headed to Clemson this weekend, this general football parking map might help ... maybe.

I_medium TNIAAM takes a closer look at the statistics from Syracuse's loss to Louisville.

I_medium In preparation for his game at the Yum Center on Saturday, I answered some Russ Smith-related questions for the Pelicans' site.

I_medium Louisville/Kentucky is the third best non-conference game of the upcoming hoops season, says NBC Sports.

3. Kentucky vs. Louisville - Dec. 27

Kentucky took both games from Louisville last season, including a five-point win in the Sweet 16. Luckily, the Cardinals get the Wildcats at home this season with great matchups on the floor. Terry Rozier and Chris Jones up against the Harrison twins and Tyler Ulis while Montrezl Harrell battles the massive UK frontline. The nation's best rivalry rarely disappoints.

U of L/Minnesota checks in at No. 22.

I_medium The Louisville field hockey team might quietly be having the best season of any of U of L's fall sports programs. The Cards extended their home winning streak to 16 games with a 2-1 double overtime win over Michigan on Sunday. Louisville, which is now 10-2, hasn't lost at home since the 2011 season.

I_medium The latest ACC bowl projections from have Louisville playing in the Music City Bowl.

I_medium The Post-Standard agrees.

I_medium And finally, I'm in studio with John Ramsey this morning from 11-11:30 on ESPN 680 talking about the Syracuse game and the week ahead. Listen or die. J/K.