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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Mia Frederick and Sophie Stratton are ready for UVA.

—Spread check: Virginia by 5.

—Gambling website covers.com likes Virginia to cover the five.

—The U of L women’s soccer team topped Notre Dame 2-0 last night to move to 8-1-0 on the season and 2-0-0 in the ACC. This matches the best start in program history for the Cards.

—The 6th-ranked men’s team will also be looking to stay unbeaten in ACC play when it hosts Pitt tonight at 7:30. Here’s a preview of the match, you can watch live through the WatchESPN app.

—I am officially intrigued.

In related news, congrats to Lottie Stockwell on her promotion to Associate AD for Marketing this week. She deserves it.

—Louisville is hoping to find its passing game before September slips away.

—Teddy Bridgewater is “absolutely” the Saints top backup QB. I would hope so.

—Smiliest team in U of L basketball history?

—The “Teel Time” podcast talks a little Louisville-UVA.

—The Kentucky football team will serve as pallbearers at the funeral for the 4-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a drunk driver during last week’s UK game. Very cool move.

—Louisville commit Jaelyn Withers is settling into his new home in Cleveland.

—U of L women’s basketball redshirt senior forward Yacine Diop — a grad transfer from Pitt who should play a huge role on the 2018-19 team — and the Senegal National Team open FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup play on Saturday.

—A nice breakdown of the Louisville-Virginia position battles for tomorrow.

—This mock Alabama-Texas A&M trailer from our A&M site is pretty terrific.

—Big Red Louie highlights three players who need to step up against Virginia.

—Jake Lourim of the Courier is picking the Cards to spring the upset tomorrow in Charlottesville.

Prediction: Louisville 24, Virginia 22

This year’s game looks really close, and the matchup is usually close on the scoreboard. Both teams have talent but also problems on both sides of the ball. Both teams have two wins against inferior opponents and no signature victories. Cunningham is a wild card in his first start. At the end of the day, Louisville has recruited better and has better players — if those players can put it together on Saturday.

—247 Sports gives us five things to watch tomorrow afternoon at Scott Stadium.

—If you’re looking to spend your Saturday helping out a worthwhile cause, here’s a solid option:

—The Louisville defense has been prepping all week for a balanced offensive attack from Virginia.

—UVA will be wearing orange tops and white bottoms for tomorrow’s game.

—Some cool stuff here.

—The Cleveland Browns won a football game last night, but former Card James Burgess suffered what appeared to be a nasty leg injury. Reports out of Cleveland this morning indicated that the injury may not be as bad as it looked, however.

—Some Browns fans from Louisville made the trip to Cleveland to take in the streak-busting victory.

—Angel McCoughtry knows how to make it happen on the court and on social media.

—Sports Illustrated counts down the 10 toughest arenas to play in college basketball. Cameron Indoor is No. 1.

—Louisville’s swimming schedule for 2018-19 features no shortage of top 25 showdowns.

—Friday Irrelevance:

—LEO hits us with five things to do in Louisville this weekend.

—Athon is taking UVA by a couple of touchdowns.

Final Analysis

Three games into the season, Louisville is still searching for its identity and will start a freshman at quarterback to open ACC play. On the road in a tough environment and against a tough-minded defense, it is hard to go against Virginia.

The Cavaliers’ offense was clicking on all cylinders during the first half of last week’s game against Ohio. Quarterback Bryce Perkins seems to be comfortable in this offense and he has the weapons to do some damage. Virginia makes a triumphant return home by doing enough to secure the key conference victory in Scott Stadium.

Final Score: Virginia 31, Louisville 17

—Churchill Downs is constructing a new $5 million rooftop lounge.

Going great, I think.

—The CJ gives us five storylines to watch during tonight’s local HS football action.

—The Cardinal Connect says that if Louisville doesn’t show significant improvement against Virginia, expectations for the rest of the season will plummet.

—The STL podcast is a good listen for additional pregame info on Virginia.

—Shoutout to the South Oldham and Oldham County students for flooding the poll.

We’ll be talking about your game during the second hour of today’s show.

—And finally, beat Virginia.