—Spread check: Louisville by 5.
—The Louisville men’s soccer team hits the road tonight to take on No. 1 Virginia tonight at 7. The Cavaliers’ head coach is George Gelnovatch, the father of Cardinal goalkeeper Jake Gelnovatch. U of L has been at its best this season when the competition has been the stiffest. Here’s hoping that trend continues.
—I don’t know where the idea that it is caught steam, but tomorrow’s game against Boston College is not a White Out game. The team is just going to be wearing white and black Muhammad Ali-inspired uniforms.
—Bold move by State here.
Shouts to the U of M for going with the “Two Blue Dicks” court concept. pic.twitter.com/d4QZuh36sK— ⚽️Rapinoe Noir⚽️ (@HydeParkSwag) October 4, 2019
—It’s National Taco Day, so the CJ is ranking the 10 best places to get a taco in Louisville.
—Evan Daniels is now predicting that Jaemyn Brakefield is going to pick Duke.
—Danielle Lerner announced that today is her last day as the Louisville basketball beat writer for the Courier Journal.
Some bittersweet personal news: Today is my last day at the @courierjournal. Thank you to the newsroom that gave me a home and lifelong friends.— Danielle Lerner (@danielle_lerner) October 4, 2019
I’ll share my next move soon, but I want today to be about the CJ and the great work I was able to do here in the past three years.
If you’re thinking we’re going to hear shortly that she’ll still be covering the Cards somewhere else, I think that hunch is going to be proven right.
—The 19th-ranked Louisville women’s soccer team came from behind to defeat Wake Forest, 2-1, Thursday night.
—Class of 2020 center Hunter Dickinson is no longer considering Louisville.
—Louisville is the No. 1 seed in the East in the latest Bracketology from Joe Lunardi. Kentucky is the No. 2 seed in the same region.
—Churchill Downs has acquired Turfway Park for the price of $46 million.
—Shoutout to the U of L men’s golf team on earning the first top five ranking in program history.
—Rivals has a matchup overview of Louisville-Boston College.
—Sports Illustrated’s new management laying off nearly half the SI staff made yesterday an awful one for the most well-known entity in sportswriting.
—Dwayne Sutton remains the best.
Why I love @LouisvilleMBB & have so much respect for Dwayne Sutton @DwayneSutton— Kevin Wright (@KLW0408) October 3, 2019
Yesterday I tagged him in a tweet re: a little girl Amy)who is @ Frazier Rehab
recovering from a brain aneurysm/stroke
Dwayne is her fav player. He went to see her on his own volition
CLASS ACT pic.twitter.com/oP9rQw1n1q
—As always, Jeff Walz is embracing the expectations that come with creating a national powerhouse.
—BC Interruption serves up its preview of tomorrow’s game at Cardinal Stadium.
—The 90-degree heat — and the hottest week in Louisville in seven years — is finally gone.
—Best of luck to all the former Cards gearing up for the 2019-20 NBA season.
—U of L rowing is hosting its Black and Red Regatta Saturday morning.
—Braden Smith talks about his future at U of L.
—Gabe Duverge notes how well Chris Mack has played up the fact that Louisville is the city’s team.
—Through the season’s first month, Louisville has the fifth-most improved defense in the FBS.
Most Improved Defenses— The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) October 3, 2019
(vs FBS, minus garbage time)
1. Baylor -1.6
2. Memphis -1.6
3. Ohio State -1.3
4. Illinois -1.3
5. Louisville -1.3
6. Wisconsin -1.2
7. UConn -1.1
8. Georgia -1.0
9. Kansas State -0.9
10. Temple -0.9
(via @bcfremeau) pic.twitter.com/MKfmzBf2rv
—BC Maven singles out Javian Hawkins as the player most dangerous to the Eagles.
—All of the arguments about the threat to amateurism that you’ve been hearing all week have been made since the beginning of the 20th century.
—We should talk more about arguably the greatest RB of all-time participating, at the height of his popularity, in a Slam Dunk Contest at a college basketball event ... and cramming.
—Banner Society has a handy watch grid for this weekend in college football.
—Five things to do in Louisville this weekend.
—It’ll be a battle of two potent running attacks tomorrow afternoon inside Cardinal Stadium.
“When you put a run game together you want to attack it, inside, outside and off tackle,” said BC coach Steve Addazio. “You have to tackle all quadrants of the field in the run game. We kind of spread that out and have different points in the run game. That’s something we do each week.”
The Cardinals employ two speedy athletic running backs and effectively incorporate their dual threat quarterbacks into the mix. Redshirt freshman Javian Hawkins has rushed for 390 yards on 68 carries with one touchdown. Sophomore Hassan Hall has compiled 239 yards on 39 carries with a touchdown.
Satterfield would not say whether Jawon Pass or Malik Cunningham would be the Cardinals starting quarterback, but their running and passing numbers are almost identical.
Pass has completed 24-of-46 throws for 330 yards and four touchdowns while Cunningham has completed 26-of-42 for 433 yards and four touchdowns. Cunningham has 124 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns. Pass has 104 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns.
“They have a good scheme and a lot of speed,” said BC middle linebacker John Lamot. “If you don’t fill it right, they are going to hit it at 100 miles per hour and make you pay for it. We have to be very specific with our run fits to stop that.”
—The Daily Progress talks about the aforementioned battle of the Gelnovatches on the pitch tonight.
—Friday Irrelevance goes with two doses of physical humor and then a feel-good story:
This escalated quickly pic.twitter.com/QvhL4pa40w— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) September 28, 2019
—And finally, beat BC.