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Friday evening Cardinal news and notes

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Shoutout to our guy Gary the Redbird, who brought life into this world just in time for her to witness Louisville beating Kentucky at football for the first time.

—Spread check (football): Louisville by 10.

—Spread check (basketball): No line.

—One last time with these fine gentlemen.

I really hope the tradition is picked up next year. Big thanks to Evan and Eric for all their contributions and hard work these last four years.

—Local media members, including not really media members like yours truly, make their predictions for the Governor’s Cup battle.

—Congrats to Louisville volleyball and first-year head coach Dani Busboom Kelly on locking up the ACC’s regular season title with a 3-2 win over Syracuse.

—It remains very much on.

—Advanced stats show that Louisville is pushing the pace more so far this season and that Jordan Nwora may be the most impactful player on the team.

—It appears as though the Cards are going red chrome helmets above white tops for tomorrow’s game.

—Every 10 years, a 4-7 Pitt football team rises from the dead and stuns the No. 2 team in the country.

—It’s been 15 years since the classic state title game between Trinity and Male. That means it’s also been 15 years since I was a senior in high school, which makes me sad. This Spectrum Sports mini-doc on the game does not make me sad, because it’s really good.

Still one of the greatest sporting events I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. Ignore the Daniel Mudd and Andrew Patton parts. Guys were losers in high school and remain losers now.

—The C-J reveals its all-rivalry team.

—Let’s make this another four-win weekend.

—Seedy K’s pigskin picks are here.

—As it always is, the running game figures to play a huge part in the Battle for the Governor’s Cup.

—NFL.com has Lamar Jackson at No. 2 in its weekly power rankings.

Week 12 stats: 14 of 26 for 270 yards, 2 TDs; 12 rushes for 111 yards (9.3 average), 2 TDs in 56-10 win over Syracuse.

Week 13 opponent: Kentucky

Jackson was on fire against Syracuse, even though his receivers dropped several passes in wet and windy conditions. His 2 TD passes were perfectly placed, and he was on the money with the exception of a few throws vs. the Orange. He hasn't played his best in some of Louisville's biggest games of the year (losses to Clemson, N.C. State), but he's performed at a remarkable level in the second half of the season and leads the FBS with 414.5 yards per game.

—SB Nation’s Bill Connelly uses nerd math to pick the winner for each of this weekend’s rivalry games, and he likes the Cards over the Cats by 8.

—Party on.

—In case you hadn’t heard, Lamar Jackson has been even better this year than he was in 2016.

—I will cop to not knowing that Kentucky football’s Josh Allen is Myisha Hines-Allen’s brother.

—Louisville’s big games against Purdue and Seton Hall got a little smaller yesterday with the Boilermakers losing to Western Kentucky and the Pirates falling to Rhode Island. Shockingly, No. 18 Purdue is now facing No. 2 Arizona in the Battle 4 Atlantis’ last-place game tonight.

—Speaking of Arizona, what in the world is wrong with the Wildcats?

—The goggle-wearing DePaul walk-on remains an American icon, mostly because he now follows me and retweeted this himself.

Pretty awesome story here; A homeless man spent his last $20 to help a woman whose car had run out of gas, and she responded by raising $250,000 to help him get back on his feet.

Three things Kentucky must do if it wants to upset Louisville.

—Both of the writers over at SEC Country are rolling with U of L, but don’t like the Cards to cover. of L, but don

Kentucky (+10) vs. Louisville football game picks

Joe Mussatto: The Cardinals are third in the country in yards per game, and Jackson’s numbers are almost as good as his Heisman campaign last season. That doesn’t bode well for a struggling Kentucky defense. Louisville 38, Kentucky 31.

Kyle Tucker: An angry Jackson — he said he’s waited a year to redeem himself after the clinching fumble last season — who is also trying to put on a Heisman-invite-worthy performance, should be scary for UK’s defense. Louisville 41, Kentucky 31.

—The Associated Press previews the Cards vs. the Cats.

—The AP also previews Louisville-Saint Francis.

—I’ll be rocking the pregame coverage over 790 tomorrow morning beginning at 9 a.m. You can listen here.

—And finally, beat Kentucky (and Saint Francis).