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The Pope has arrived in the United States and Cardinal fan Todd Whitchurch was there to welcome him appropriately.

I_medium Spread Check: Still no Vegas line.

I_medium The ACC and and Raycom Sports announced today that Bojangles' has joined the ACC's Official Corporate Champion program as the exclusive chicken, biscuits, and iced tea of the ACC. If you eat any unofficial biscuits then you're going to be banned from the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

I_medium The news of the day out of U of L football after practice on Tuesday was that we should expect to see some new faces getting reps on the offensive line Saturday.

The starting five remain the same, according to U of L's public depth chart, but McGee said, "Every job is up for grabs."

Petrino mentioned on Monday that he thought redshirt freshman guard Lukayus McNeil played well in the action he saw as a backup against Clemson - McNeil's college debut - and McGee said McNeil earned that time because of how he's been practicing.

"We were really excited about Lukayus coming out of training camp," McGee said. "He's physical. He's big. It took a little bit longer for him to learn everything he's supposed to do. The last couple weeks he's shown us that he has learned a lot more. He can handle himself out there when the fronts change (and the defensive tackles move around where they line up). So that's why he got out there a little bit. And he did a pretty good job."

Based on Petrino's Monday comments, another candidate to get some playing time against Samford would be junior-college guard transfer Kiola Mahoni, who didn't report to campus until summer, missing spring practice and other workouts that many JUCO transfers tend to get. He's apparently now getting a better grasp of the offense, and McGee said he should be able to become a factor in the rotation.

"He's a tough guy, very competitive kid," McGee said. "But he got here late in the summertime, so he didn't get a lot of the teaching in the summer. He got dropped right into training camp, and things were moving fast. It has taken him a little bit longer to learn what we're doing and then fit it to what the defense is doing. But I see him coming along, and he could help us."

I_medium The "Jennifer's Louisville" banner honoring Jennifer Lawrence will be going up at the Kentucky Center for the Arts on Saturday. Still no word on the giant, gold Gorgui Dieng holding up the new bridge statue.

I_medium Hardly home but always reppin'.

I_medium Rick Pitino spent a large chunk of his Wednesday visiting with JuCo recruit Bashir Ahmed.

I_mediumACC hoops media day is Oct. 28 in Charlotte, and this year they're calling it "ACC Operation Basketball 2015," because apparently ACC Media Day doesn't carry quite enough cache.

I_medium Your standard AP preview of Louisville-Samford is now available.

I_medium Stewin' Stoops.

Stewps Troops.

I_medium Michigan State could be without a projected starter when the Spartans host Louisville in early December. Foot injuries tend to linger.

I_medium Miami has bailed on its wildly unpopular uniform font.

I_medium The U of L volleyball team kicks off its ACC schedule with conference matches against Notre Dame and Miami this week.

I_medium The former Trinity standout and the son of Cardinal great Ralph Dawkins appears to be having success at Colorado State.

I_medium Teddy Bridgewater was awfully good on 3rd down last weekend against the Lions.

I_medium Alhaji Mohammed is 34 but still playing professional ball after inking a deal in Kosovo with Sigal Prishtina.

I_medium Richard Pitino has things rolling in Minnesota, landing two big-time recruits in the last 24 hours.

I_medium Rick Bozich looks at how the early college hoops magazines are predicting Louisville's season to go.

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

Highest rating: Lindy's ranks Rick Pitino's team 17th in the nation.

Lowest rating: The Sporting News does not rank the Cardinals in the Top 25. Athlon says 23rd.

Conference rating: Lindy's and Athlon place the Cardinals fourth, behind the Atlantic Coast Conference Big Three of North Carolina, Duke and Virginia. Better not spend your $7.99 on The Sporting News yearbook. TSN has the Cards eighth, behind Miami and Florida State, among others in the league. Eighth?

Cover Shot: Mangok Mathiang shares the front of the local edition of Lindy's Yearbook with Tyler Ulis of Kentucky.

Star of the show: Damion Lee, who arrived from Drexel, is ranked the second-best transfer who is immediately eligible by Lindy's. The only player ahead of Lee is Sterling Gibbs, who bolted Seton Hall for UConn.

Breakout performer: Lindy's predicts that Chinanu Onuaku will emerge at center, ranking him the 11th best post player in the nation.

Warning sign: All three magazines note the Cardinals lack any proven returning scorers. The Sporting News does not include any U of L players in the Top 10 in the ACC.

Recruiting rating: Athlon ranks Louisville's class seventh best in the nation, second to only Duke in the ACC.

I_medium Bill Connelly's weekly "Numerical" is always worthy of your time and effort.

I_medium The Louisville baseball team will again be holding a pair of open scrimmages at Jim Patterson this weekend.

I_medium And finally, beat Samford ... both now and Nov. 13. Samford rivalry.