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Monday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

Presley Mercke is basking in the glow of a post-win Monday.

I_medium Spread Check: Louisville Opens as a 21- point favorite over Wake Forest.

I_medium Your week five depth chart:

I_medium OSM and the CCBMM is all over Subway's new local commercial.

I_medium The Miami Herald's David Neal was not overly impressed with Will Gardner.

I don't know how many potential customers FIU or Ikea lost to that only-in-Miami piece of contruction planning. I do know FIU's defense and returners make the Panthers an annoyance to good opponents.

In his last six games, going back to the last two games of last year, Michael Wakefield has 5.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. The defense came up with two more fumble recoveries, including the career first for freshman linebacker Anthony Wint. The secondary came up small Saturday against a quarterback no better than some FIU sees in Conference USA or each day in practice (I'd put Will Gardner behind both Alex McGough and E.J. Hilliard). Redshirt junior cornerback Richard Leonard blamed himself for not preventing James Quick's marvelous catch-Gregory Hines-and-run 74-yard touchdown, but at least Leonard was there to make a play. On Quick's 37-yard touchdown and the third-down 28-yard completion to Gerald Christian that got Louisville off their own 4-yard-line, each had more space than the GC on a Friday.

The full post is actually pretty funny and worth your time if you want to hear Neal thoroughly and eloquently rag on FIU football. 

I_medium U of L has all the details of the field hockey team's monumental 3-2 upset of No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday.

I_medium If you're interested in making the trip to Lexington tomorrow to support the men's soccer team against Kentucky, here's the online signup sheet.


I_medium Louisville checks in at No. 7 in this week's power poll from the ACC Digital Network. Their Saturday opponent checks in at No. 14 ... that's last.

I_medium Former U of L teammates Adam Hadwin and Derek Fathauer are both headed to the PGA Tour after finishing No. 1 and No. 2 on the final Tour priority rankings.

Finishing 1-2 on the priority list guarantees fully-exempt status and an exemption into next year's Players Championship, right back here at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

"It's unbelievable and to have Adam Hadwin finish up top two it's almost a dream come true," said Fathauer. "We're both going to the PGA Tour and making our school proud."

"I think Adam and I playing well really motivates (the current Louisville team) too, because we've been so close with the team," said Fathauer. "Our coach up there at Louisville is unbelievable. He's tough on us but he's kind of got us all set up, like set on a path."

After their finish here, no one could blame them if they continue to follow that path together.

Congrats to both guys. It'll be fun having a pair of names to follow closely on the Tour.

I_medium Sports Illustrated ranks the 16 best college hoops teams not to win the national championship. It's a pretty solid effort, but I have no idea why they think the 2011 Ohio State squad is worthy of such an honor.

I_medium The Courier-Journal has issued a personal letter of apology to John Calipari for the whole "Calibaby" thing last week.

I_medium Rick Pitino and Mike Balado are still hard at work on the recruiting trail .

I_medium has the full set of highlights from Teddy's NFL debut.

I_medium James Quick's first touchdown catch on Saturday was the third best play in the ACC last week.

I_medium Russ says staying in school is cool.

I_medium ESPN says Arizona and Louisville will be the two top defensive teams (Insider) in the country for 2014-15.

I_medium The folks at Fox Sports are pretty big fans of the uniforms the Cards will be wearing against Florida State.

I_medium The Burgess family might be the best family.

I_medium Prileu Davis is still around and doing basketball things with John Lucas.

I_medium SB Nation's Blogger so Dear (Wake Forest) couldn't be happier with the Demon Deacons' win over Army last weekend, but knows the squad is facing an uphill battle in Louisville on Saturday.

Wake will take on Louisville for the first time in football since the 2006 Orange Bowl and for the first time ever in an ACC matchup. The Cardinals lost to UVA last weekend to fall to 1-1 in the ACC but bounced back with a dominant 34-3 win this week over Florida International. I expect Louisville will be around a 23 or 24 point favorite at home and while I think Wake gets the backdoor cover I really wouldn't be surprised to see Louisville run away with it. Wake hasn't looked particularly sharp through four games this year and even with a loss to UVA (who has looked pretty damn good so far this year), Louisville will be able to get the job done at home and get it done comfortably. My pick is 34-13 Louisville but I hope the Deacs prove me wrong!

Leave your comments, questions, or concerns below and let me know how you think Wake will fare next weekend in the conference opener. As always, go Deacs, 2-2 entering the conference season gives us an opportunity to build on the start to the season and not fall too far behind the eight ball. Let's get out and get a shocking road win in Louisville.

I_medium Jeff Greer takes a closer look at Gerod Holliman's ball-hawking.

I_medium You would think this would be a good sign for the rest of the week:

Pretty crazy.

I_medium The ACC needs to get back on track after a dismal week four.

I_medium Scout's ACC power rankings have Louisville at No. 7.

7-Louisville- The Cardinals rebounded from a loss at Virginia with a solid 34-3 win at FIU. Bobby Petrino's team now plays host to Wake Forest and then goes to Syracuse before a big Oct. 11 game at Clemson, which should determine if Louisville can get in the hunt for the Atlantic.

I_medium UK previews tomorrow's big soccer match.

I_medium Rock M Nation (Missouri) profiles Tim FFFFUUULLLLEEEERRRRRR.

I_medium The U of L volleyball team rolled to a championship at the Rice Invitational over the weekend.

I_medium And finally, Mark Ennis and I are back on the air tonight from 6-7:45 on ESPN 680 and No one is allowed to eat dinner until they've finished listening to the show. After that, we'll all talk about what we're eating together.