—Spread check: Wake Forest by 6.5.
—The updated S&P rankings have Louisville up to No. 62 in the country and are inching closer to projecting six wins for the Cards. Kentucky, for those interested in that kind of thing, checks in at No. 63.
—The 6th-ranked Louisville field hockey team shutout Penn State, 3-0, on Sunday to improve to 10-1 on the season. That matches the best start in program history.
—Future Cardinal QB Chubba Purdy accounted for 497 yards of total offense and five touchdowns on Friday night. The man is a human highlight film.
Impressive play by Chubba Purdy in his game last night.— Keith Wynne (@Keith_Wynne) October 5, 2019
Spins out of a sack. Makes a guy miss. Then sells out for the touchdown. pic.twitter.com/DR4WIFnzO8
You can se a full replay of Purdy’s performance here.
—The CJ’s Cameron Teague grades out Louisville’s win over Boston College.
—The Louisville volleyball team swept Clemson on Sunday to remain unbeaten in ACC play.
—UniSwag says Louisville had the best look in college football this past week.
—Danielle Lerner has officially signed on to take Jeff Greer’s spot covering Louisville basketball for The Athletic.
—The Louisville baseball team held a clinic for kids during its exhibition trip to the Dominican Republic.
The Cards picked up a win and a tie on Sunday in a pair of split squad games at the Kansas City Royals Academy in Guerra. They played to a 4-4 tie against 16-time Dominican Winter League (LIDOM) champion Leones de Escogido, and notched an 8-4 victory over an academy team from Go Ministries.
—Eric Crawford writes that the joy of victory drowned out the talk of mistakes after Louisville’s 41-39 win over Boston College.
—After facing two of the league’s best running backs in each of their first two ACC games, Louisville is now gearing up for one of the conference’s top air attacks.
“They are one of the best passing teams out there in the country and a lot of it is tightening up the coverage, because if you if you play off of these guys, they’re going to make you pay,” Satterfield said. “They’ll just throw the underneath all day long, and they’ll go right down the field, but then they’re also capable of running the football.”
The ability to attack in both phases will add extra pressure on the UofL defense and players remaining firm in the assignments.
”So many of these times you’ll look at some of these teams that are, you know, you spread you out throw you throw it all the time type team,” Satterfield continued. “When they get in the red zone, it’s a little more difficult, but this team’s not that way. This team’s built to be able to run the ball as well into the red zone. So you have to tighten the coverage down. And that’s everybody. That’s not just corners. I mean, that’s the safeties are your guys that are on your overhangs. Number two guys in the slots, you have to type it up on them as well. And you know, I looked at we obviously looking at Boston College. They played Wake Forest that was their last game. Boston College defensively did a very good job against Wake Forest I thought you know, they tied the coverage down. Wake had to make very good two contested catches. And Boston College did great job on first and second down against Wake. Now Wake was 17 for 24 on third down there one of the best third down offenses in the country and that’s where we got to be really good because you got to get off the field. And but it’s all about tight enough coverage.”
—CBS ranks the best point guards in college basketball for the upcoming season.
—After launching a home run in game one of the NLDS, Adam Duvall delivered the game-winning single for the Braves in game two.
ADAM DUVALL IS HERE TO KILL THE CARDINALS pic.twitter.com/3gTgusG9Li— And This Blog Belongs To The Reds (@ATBBTTR) October 6, 2019
—Reggie Bonnafon played the role of unlikely hero for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Few deserve a moment like that more than Reggie does.
—The U of L women’s golf team is gearing up for the final tournament of its fall season.
—Mosquitoes of Louisville, prepare to meet your timely end.
Our next rain system to track is a strong cold front arriving Friday. This will have a roughly 20-30 degree drop in a few hours behind and brings the potential for widespread frost by Sunday morning. #kywx— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) October 7, 2019
—SI says Anthony Davis had college basketball’s best individual season of the last decade.
—Five game mini-ticket plans for the upcoming women’s basketball season are now on sale.
—Orlando City SC has parted ways with former Louisville City FC head coach James O’Connor. Proving once again that you should never, ever leave Louisville for a head coaching job in another city.
—Congrats to Scotty D.
—The NBA’s commitment to free speech appears to only extend so far.
—Former Ballard star and Louisville signee Jo Adell is about to be a star at the next level.
—Seth Dawkins picks up a national offensive Player of the Week honor.
—Former U of L golfer Adam Hadwin continued his stellar late season play with a fourth-place finish at the TPC Summerlin over the weekend.
—There was no fear for true freshman Evan Conley when his number was called on Saturday.
—”Playstation Hawkins” hitting the circle button.
—Big Red Louie hands out game balls for the win over BC.
—Micale Cunningham discusses his name “change.”
—NBC’s Rob Dauster is all-in on Louisville in his ACC preview.
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. JORDAN NWORA IS BACK SO LOUISVILLE IS AWESOME
The single most important thing that happened during the early entry period this past May was that Jordan Nwora made the decision to withdraw from the 2019 NBA Draft and return to Louisville. The 6-foot-7 junior is coming off of a season where he averaged 17.0 points and 7.6 boards and shot 37.6 percent from three. After spending some time during the offseason playing with the Nigerian national team, he is in line for a blow-up season.
Nwora plays a role that has proven to be very productive for Chris Mack in the past. When Trevon Bluiett was at Xavier, he scored 2,261 points in four seasons, the latter of which culminated in Xavier winning the Big East regular season title and entering the NCAA tournament as a No. 1 seed. And like Bluiett, Nwora is a shot-making small forward that has the size to defend at the four spot while needing to add some athleticism and explosiveness to reach his ceiling.
Getting him back is huge, and it means that now the most important spot on the floor for the Cardinals is going to be at the point. In theory, St. Joe’s grad transfer Fresh Kimble should step into the starting role, but during the summer, freshman David Johnson really impressed. The problem? Johnson has a shoulder injury and looks like he is going to end up being out for a while.
There’s no doubting anything else on this roster. They are talented, they are deep, they have a terrific blend of exciting young talent and quality veteran players. As long as the point guard situation sorts itself out by March, there is going to be a very real chance Louisville gets to a Final Four.
Dauster has the Cards over Duke in his predicted order of finish.
—It’ll be a clash of the passing titans this weekend in Winston-Salem. Just like we all predicted.
Passer rating on throws of more than 10 yards downfield (vs FBS):— THE™️ David Hale (@ADavidHaleJoint) October 7, 2019
12 Wake, 221.2
23 Lou, 200.5
27 Miami, 193.8
34 FSU, 181.7
39 UNC, 177.6
42 BC, 171.9
53 VT, 163.2
55 Clemson, 161.6
98 Pitt, 125.2
100 NCSU, 120.0
105 Cuse, 115.8
106 Duke, 115.8
107 UVA, 115.2
113 GT, 103.2
—U of L men’s soccer fell to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 2-0 Friday night.
—Shakin’ the Southland (Clemson) has Louisville at No. 9 in their latest ACC power rankings.
—And finally, BC Interruption recaps the Eagles’ loss to Louisville.