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I've been stunned by the lack of carved pumpkin contributions this October, but thanks to Sarah Arnold for saving the day this Friday morning.

I_medium Spread check: Louisville by 11.5.

I_medium Happy game day.

I_medium Rick Pitino announced on his first radio show of 2015-16 that Ralph Willard is set to return to work on Friday and will have surgery at the end of the season. The first question he fielded was about Bompy .... just as it should have been.

I_medium Both Kate Fagan and Jay Bilas of ESPN believe Rick Pitino should keep his job, but for very different reasons.

I_medium Tonight's game might feature a pair of teams with losing records, but the folks in Winston-Salem are still awfully excited.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

"It's kind of the center of the college football universe," linebacker Hunter Williams of Wake Forest said. "You look at those Thursday and Friday night games, especially on Friday because most college teams are in a hotel the night before (a game). So everybody is watching that game all night long.

"Especially among your peers, that's one thing that this week is going to be huge. We really want to show what we can do."

The game will be the first played at home on a Friday since the Deacons beat Maryland 35-17 on Nov. 17, 1967, in the last game Wake Forest played at Bowman Gray Stadium — its home before BB&T Field (then known as Groves Stadium) was opened for the 1968 season. For Dave Clawson, it will be a chance to show what progress has been made in his 20 games as the Deacons' head coach.

"We're excited that the football capital of the world will be in Winston-Salem on Friday night," Clawson said. "We're on a national TV game, and our guys are excited to bounce back."

The Deacons need to bounce back from back-to-back losses to rivals North Carolina and N.C. State to carry any momentum into a brutal November fraught with road games at Notre Dame (Nov. 14) and Clemson (Nov. 21) and a home game against Duke (Nov. 28). Clawson said the team morale is strong despite the poundings of the past two weeks, and he said motivation will be even easier to come by in a Friday night game played before a national audience.

"I think you're kidding yourself if you think those external things don't help," Clawson said. "We're playing a really good football team at home on Friday night in front of the whole country.

"I'm a 27th-year coach and that gets me jacked up. So what do you think it does to an 18-, 19-year old?"

I_medium Steve Jones lays out three keys to victory for the Cards against Wake Forest.

I_medium Katina Powell made yet another radio appearance on Thursday, and it would appear as though she's now starting to shift the blame for all her inconsistencies onto Dick Cady and IBJ Publishing.

I_medium Jeff Greer's piece on Trey Lewis is worth your time.

"What we're going through now is nothing compared to (Penn State)," Lewis said. "What people have to understand is that these are lives. People matter. That's why we try to block all that out and stay together as a true family."

Of all people, Lewis would know. And after everything he's experienced in college, he can't help but feel at least a little bit like he's meant to be in this exact position, at this exact program, leading a group of young players through turmoil.

"I just believe that I am here for a reason and God has placed me here for that reason," he said.

"That's first to be an ambassador for my team, to lead these men in the locker room and to just make them better, and that's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to bring out the greatness in my teammates. That's the true measure of somebody great, being able to bring out the greatness in others, and there's no better time to be able to do that than in a time of adversity."

I_medium The ninth-ranked U of L field hockey team will wrap up its regular season with a pair of home games this weekend.

I_medium With the 2015-16 season on the horizon, Louisville is ready for the conversation to shift to actual basketball.

I_medium Wake Forest will see Louisville's black helmets and raise them this "Halloweentown" look for Friday night's game:

I_medium Dez Fitzpatrick is going to be a problem for the rest of the ACC, and his midseason senior year highlight video shows exactly why.

I_medium Add Bill Parcells to the growing group of folks who really dig Teddy Bridgewater.

Parcells appeared Monday on the "The Herd With Colin Cowherd" on Fox Sports1. The topic of conversation turned to Bridgewater, whom Cowherd said was the gem of the 2014 draft.

Parcells not only agreed with that assessment, he took it one step further.

"I know Teddy personally and I've been in his company several times," Parcells said. "A couple of those were prior to the draft. He's from South Florida and I get to know quite a few of these prospects as they're getting ready for the draft. Sometimes I go down and speak with them at the request of some of the workout places or some of the agents that have a number of them together in one spot. Teddy was among those I had an opportunity to visit with."

One of the qualities Parcells most admires is that Bridgewater has blinders on when it comes to playing football. Young men in their early 20s can get caught up in the celebrity lifestyle that accompanies professional athletes. Anyone looking for distractions can easily find them.

The impression Bridgewater made on Parcells when they first met, and something he has seen backed up over time, is that Bridgewater is driven to become the best quarterback he can be.

"He's a top-quality young man," Parcells said. "He doesn't fall into those trappings that exist for these potential high draft choices now - the adulation, the commercial possibilities. Teddy avoided all that stuff and kept his priority on just getting ready to play."

I_medium Louisville is still looking for a point guard for its 2016 recruiting class, which is why Mike Balado visited with Andrew Jones earlier this week.

I_medium In case you hadn't noticed, Trevon Young has emerged as a monster for the Louisville defense.

I_medium It's senior night for the men's soccer team Friday night at Lynn Stadium, and you're also being encouraged to both bring a food donation and dress up for Halloween.

The Cards could use a huge win over the Demon Deacons, who are the No. 1 team in the country in terms of RPI.

I_medium It's also Wake Forest weekend for the U of L women's soccer team, which will wrap its regular season on Saturday in Winston-Salem. The ladies are coming off a 1-0 at NC State on Sunday.

I_medium Andrea Adelson writes that Bobby Petrino's Louisville offense should have some better years in front of it.

I_medium Your first official NBA dunkl:

I_medium Louisville basketball will start the season ranked No. 25 in Ken Pomeroy's rankings. KenPom has defending national champ Duke at No. 1, followed by Kentucky and Virginia.

I_medium Gorgui Dieng and the Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing hope to Dieng's hometown of Kébémer in Northwestern Senegal.

By equipping hospitals like the one in Kébémer with restorative aid such as simple medical equipment and supplies, Matter helps local physicians do their jobs well. Most of the equipment Matter ships has been donated by local hospitals from the Twin Cities as they update their facilities. These older generation materials are still in working order and are put to good use in facilities which lack even basic health care supplies such as quality hospital beds, operating room lights and baby incubators. By finding use for items which would otherwise be cast off here in the United States, Matter strives to expand access to quality health care around the world.

Just weeks after Gorgui's container arrived in Senegal and the equipment was installed into the hospital, he was at home and witnessed a boy flip his bike on a rock. Gorgui helped the boy get to the hospital, and after they put him in a bed, checked his vitals and stabilized him, the doctor told Gorgui, "This is all the equipment you brought here."

"It made me like I'm on my way to reach my goals because I really want to help people," said Gorgui.

"He was so elated to see the equipment," Matter President Quenton Marty said. "And we were so happy to be able to help the people of Senegal and work together with Gorgui to really see his dream come true, to see his life as an NBA player be used to help people."

And this is just the beginning for this rising star in the NBA: "I'm just starting in my hometown" Gourgi says, "but I'm gonna do more and bigger stuff all around Africa."

I_medium Damion Lee and Trey Lewis break down how you should guard Steph Curry.

I_medium Louisville baseball has wrapped up its fall season. Here's how it went.

I_medium Winner:

I_medium The Orlando Sentinel lists Jeff Brohm as one of the top candidates for the open UCF gig.

I_medium Remember that Sports Illustrated article about the "dangerous" culture at U of L for females? Yeah, Jeff Walz was not a fan.

I_medium Rivals says that Lamar Jackson is the 13th-best true freshman in college football right now.

The skinny: Jackson was a four-star, the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 51 recruit from Florida in 2015. Jackson committed to Louisville in August, but then took additional official visits to Florida, Mississippi State and Nebraska before finally deciding to stick with the Cardinals on National Signing Day. At Louisville, he has already taken over the starting job for the Cardinals and has shown his abilities both through the air and on the ground. He has passed for 1,135 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 482 yards and six touchdowns, which has given the Louisville offense a much-needed spark.

Farrell's take: Jackson was known for his arm -- he has a cannon with that whip delivery -- but in high school, he did a ton with his legs as well. I wasn't sure how quickly he'd develop as a runner as players got bigger, stronger and faster in college, so I'm surprised at his ability to run away from people and gain as much yardage on the ground as he has. He's still a bit raw as a passer but is well ahead of schedule overall.

I_medium You know in Hocus Pocus when Max gets his cross-trainers back but basically leaves Jay and Ice to die? It's kind of messed up.

I_medium Louisville allowed Boston College to earn only 7.8 percent of available yards last Saturday, which is the lowest percentage for any FBS offense in a game this season. Is that good?

I_medium I thought this was hilarious.

I_medium William Gay has been fined $5,787 for wearing purple cleats in Week 7 in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Gay's mother was killed in an act of domestic violence. The NFL is dumb.

I_medium LouisvilleWomensSports.com takes a rare inside look at the life of Terrilynn Jurich.

I_medium And finally, beat Wake Forest.