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There's a reason for the ChristMatz season.

For the next 12 days, Card Chronicle is partnering with the Galt House so that you guys can get some free stuff that'll help you get into the holiday spirit.

Pretty much all you have to here is submit a picture of yourself attending any one of the "Christmas at the Galt House" events, and you'll be featured on the site and win free tickets to Kalightoscope or the hotel's Pam Tillis Dinner Show.

The first day is tomorrow and the "World's Largest Elf Gathering," where the world record for most people dressed as elves is expected to be shattered. In order to break the record, there must be at least 1,762 elves dressed in a red and green with pointy ears and an elf hat. If you're attending and do not have pointy ears and an elf hat, they will be provided. Participants will also receive free parking and admission to Kalightoscope.

If you can't make it, the event is going to be live-streamed on the Courier-Journal.

No word on whether or not this guy is going to be making an appearance.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville opened as an 8-point favorite over Indiana, that line has since jumped to the Cards -11. That's a large number against a good offensive team in a neutral court game.

I_medium I got a few complaints today about the lack of "Monday Morning Crean" like we used to have in the days leading up to the old Marquette games, so I'll make up for it with some evening Crean....which sounds so, so awful.

I_medium Seth Davis predicted an Indiana upset over Louisville earlier tonight. So there's that.

I_medium Our friends over at Crimson Quarry have a very good and thorough preview of tomorrow night's tilt.

I_medium While Louisville fans have been waiting a long time for the rivalry series with Indiana to resume, for many Cardinal players, the excitement for Tuesday night stems from getting to play inside Madison Square Garden.

I_medium The Indianapolis Star wonders how the Hoosiers are going to handle Montrezl Harrell.

I_medium Yahoo ranks Louisville-Georgia as the 8th best bowl matchup of the 2014-15 postseason.

8. Belk Bowl (Dec. 30, Charlotte, N.C.)
Georgia vs. Louisville

This is an upgrade over last year's matchup of Cincinnati and North Carolina. But the reason we have this ranked so high is because it pits Georgia against former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who left to become Louisville's defensive coordinator. Grantham is very familiar with Georgia's offense. Will the Cardinals be able to contain RB Nick Chubb?

I_medium ESPN goes a step further and puts the Belk Bowl at No. 7.

7. Belk Bowl

No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 21 Louisville

6:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 31 (ESPN) 

Welcome to the Todd Grantham Bowl. Grantham, the Cardinals' defensive coordinator, bolted Georgia after the 2013 season and didn't exactly leave on the best of terms. He'll try to help the Cardinals shut down UGA's high-powered rushing attack. Plus, Louisville can get an early start on scouting any Georgia players that might be dismissed from the team next summer.

Adorable.

I_medium The Cards drop a spot to No. 3 in this week's ACC power rankings from the SB Nation ACC sites.

I_medium Gerod Holliman is not a Heisman finalist. Nor is Kyle Bolin.

I_medium While the loss to Kentucky Sunday was rough, it did result in both Bria Smith and Sara Hammond joining the program's ever-growing 1,000 point club.

I_medium The U of L men's swimming team took down Michigan (and others) over the weekend.

I_medium Art Carmody is in Florida to hand out the the Lou Groza Award during the College Football Awards Show on ESPN this Thursday, and he happened to run into U of L quarterback commit Lamar Jackson.

That young man (Lamar, Art just looks like he's in high school) is going to be a star. Let's hope he keeps throwing those Ls.

I_medium Gerod Holliman is also in the Sunshine State for awards week...

Looking even more suave than he did with the red sleeve/black sleeve look.

I_medium After placing Brandon Marshall on IR today, the Chicago Bears activated Josh Bellamy from the practice squad.

I_medium The way that Central Michigan players learned their bowl destination is the best thing you're going to see all week. I honestly wish I could find out all news pertaining to my life in this manner.

I_medium Salute to Kool.

I_medium Joe Lunardi has Louisville as the No. 7 overall seed in his latest NCAA Tournament projection (insider), which, as always, means nothing.

I_medium Ten things we learned from college basketball's biggest games last week.

I_medium Local 6th grader Emery Z (that's what they call him on the streets) is currently studying ancient mythology and was given the assignment of creating and naming a mythical Egyptian creature.

This was the result:

As his father said, it's pretty much his favorite animal. It's like a lion and eagle mixed...bred for its skills in magic.

I_medium Bookmark SB Nation's handy dandy bowl schedule/guide.

I_medium It appears as though this is officially becoming a thing.

I_medium U of L baseball has received a verbal commitment from outfielder Jared Kellenic from Wisconsin.

I_medium Nick Chubb, whom the Cardinal defense will see plenty of on Dec. 30, has been named the SEC Freshman of the Year.

I_medium According to Chris Jones, stopping Yogi Ferrell is the key to stopping Indiana.

I_medium And finally, I have yet to see a Belk Bowl story from the Georgia media that hasn't featured Todd Grantham in the headline. That storyline is going to be run into the ground by Thursday.