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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Even with the disappointing start, Townes is ready for more football at Cardinal Stadium and a three-year winning streak over Florida State.

—Spread check: Florida State by 6.

—With last night’s commitment from Quinn Slazinski, Louisville now has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country according to 247 Sports.

—The 11 staff writers over at Tomahawk Nation make their picks for tomorrow’s game. Nine of them like the Seminoles to pull off the road win. Two of them take the Cards.

I added the last sentence because I’m bad at math and I assume some of you are as well. You’re welcome.

—Hmm.

What kind of person would ever do such a thing?

The man is openly admitting guilt.

—All your need-to-know details for tonight’s Louisville Live event are here.

—The 8th-ranked U of L field hockey team will take on No. 15 Virginia Saturday at 1 p.m.

—Roman Oben is Louisville’s representative for the 2018 ACC Legends class.

—Well played.

—The U of L lacrosse team will open its fall season with games against Butler and Mqrquette this weekend.

—From advanced stats, a broadcaster and a former player: What’s wrong with Louisville football?

—Some bad news for Louisville commit and star Manual High RB Aidan Robbins, who will miss the rest of his senior season with a torn labrum.

—The immovable object vs. .... the other immovable object.

—A look inside the fascinating relationship between ESPN and Alabama.

Youth is being served in the ACC this season.

—Trinity and St. X will meet for the 85th time tonight at Cardinal Stadium, although neither team has had the season it expected up to this point.

—Louisville is pulling out all the disappointing season staples this week.

—Louisville makes this list of 11 possible transfer destinations for now-former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant.

—My god, that’s Eric Crawford’s music. Good to have you back in the game, EC.

—I have no idea who this guy is, but he’s my favorite non-Card in college football.

—It’s a big night for the sixth-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team, which is squaring off against No. 12 NC State in Raleigh. Here’s a preview.

—At the center of Syracuse’s stunning upset win over Clemson last season? Hotel beef, of course.

Nearly a year ago, Syracuse beat then-No. 2 Clemson in the Orange’s biggest upset in more than 30 years. The night preceding the showdown, Syracuse stayed in a hotel, like it always does before home games. Except last October, the Tigers had booked out the Orange’s usual lodging, the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“They took our hotel, that got us mad,” Sean Riley said. “We go to one hotel, and they took that.”

Since Babers took over in 2015, Syracuse has stayed at the Crowne Plaza, according to an emailed statement from SU Director of Football Operations Brad Wittke. Players like the downtown location, but the noise from nearby Interstate 81 isn’t ideal. Dontae Strickland enjoys the view of the city from his 16th-floor room.

Prior to Babers’ tenure, Clemson had booked the Crowne Plaza for its visits to Syracuse. It did the same in 2017, calling the hotel before the conference schedule dropped. Without a set date, the Tigers offered more money than Syracuse, Babers said. The hotel didn’t commit immediately, informing Babers of the situation.

On a phone call with the Crowne Plaza at the time, Babers told them to take the money.

“Take that, we’ll go sleep somewhere else,” Babers remembered saying.

There it is. There’s the key to beating Clemson.

Get on the horn with all the other head coaches in the ACC. Tell ‘em how to bring those sons of bitches.

—The U of L cross country team is staying home this weekend for the Louisville Classic.

—Friday Irrelevance:

—Meanwhile, the Louisville women’s tennis team will be in Bloomington for the Hoosier Classic.

—Chop Chat lists five areas that they believe separate Florida State from Louisville.

Defenses

FSU has had the better defense through four games, checking in with a No. 17 ranking according to S&P stats.

The Noles have been excellent on third downs, only allowing teams to convert first downs at a 31.15 percent clip and holding teams to scoring touchdowns 41 percent of the time in the red zone.

They are allowing 5.12 yards per play, but are excellent against the run allowing just 2.87 yards per carry.

Louisville checks in with a No. 57 ranking according to S&P stats. They are allowing teams to convert first downs 49.23 percent of the time, but allowing teams to score touchdowns 56 percent of the time in the red zone while allowing 5.65 yards per play.

Louisville isn’t as stout against the run as they have allowed 4.41 yards per carry to opposing offenses.

The FSU defense is good, but it can be great if they get any help from their offense with field position.

—The Grueling Truth lists Florida State’s five greatest moments against Louisville.

—Louisville has been absolutely atrocious on third downs so far this season.

—Don’t disappoint the man.

—The three members of Florida State’s 247 Sports site all like the Noles to beat Louisville in a close game.

—We’ll be doing the Ramsey & Rutherford show live from Fourth Street Live in preparation for Louisville Live. Should be live. Listen here.

—The CJ’s Jake Lourim is taking FSU in a game that sounds like it would be borderline unwatchable.

Prediction: Florida State 17, Louisville 13

It’s a matchup of the ACC’s two worst offenses by yards per play, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on national TV. Can one of these two teams figure it out on offense to turn the season around? Can both? Here’s guessing it’s a defensive slugfest, with both teams milking the clock on the ground but neither able to put a drive together because of defensive pressure from the other side. Florida State makes a big play with one of its talented athletes to pull ahead in the second half, and Louisville can’t drive down the field to come back.

—Some awful news out of the South, where LSU basketball player Wayde Sims was shot and killed Friday morning. He was 20-years-old.

—New U of L gear has been posted to the Go Cards auction site.

—I could never support anything Memphis State-related, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love watching Penny Hardaway take everything that was once dear to John Calipari.

If Drake airballs a jump shot in a Tigers warmup then we’ll know it’s over.

—Nolecast is a good listen if you’re looking to squeeze in some FSU info between now and kickoff tomorrow afternoon.

—Despite the disappointing starts for both teams, Louisville-Florida State is still a massively important game for both teams.

—And finally, beat Florida State.