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Andy the dog is all about positive vibes, so he refuses to watch anything other than Louisville’s only win of the season.

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—Spread check: Notre Dame by 17.

—Via the Courier Journal’s Shannon Russell, Louisville’s non-conference bubble is now expected to include Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Prairie View A&M, Arkansas Little Rock, Duquesne, UNC Greensboro, Winthrop and one more unnamed team to make nine squads total.

I was really hoping this would include at least a couple of other high-profile programs, but here we are. At least we still have the Kentucky and ACC-Big 10 Challenge games.

—Keep it locked here this week for updates on Homefield’s newest team apparel unveil on Saturday. It’s gonna be good.

—The ninth-ranked Louisville volleyball team pulled off a 3-0 sweep of No. 8 Syracuse. The 4-1 Cards are off until an Oct. 23 road date with reigning ACC champion and preseason league favorite Pitt.

—The U of L field hockey team remained undefeated with a 2-1 road win over Wake Forest.

—Russ Smith talks with Larry O’Bannon and Alhaji Muhammad about, among many other things, his maturation process at Louisville.

—Louisville is No. 11 in WRAL’s latest ACC power rankings.

—The Cardinal Sports Zone pod recaps the loss to Georgia Tech and looks ahead to Notre Dame.

—RIP to baseball legend Joe Morgan.

—Your ACC week five touchdown remix:

—The Louisville men’s soccer team fell to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC with a penalty kicks loss on the road to Virginia. The Cards are back on the road this Friday at Syracuse.

—D1Baseball.com has a fall report on Dan McDonnell’s Cards.

—I don’t hate that we get to avoid facing this guy again this year.

—From the Rumble Seat analyzes the advanced stats from Louisville-Georgia Tech.

—Bustin Brackets ranks all 357 Division-I men’s basketball coaches. Chris Mack is No. 17.

17. Chris Mack (Louisville) (Last year: 22)

Overall record: 259-118

Mack’s work with Xavier was pretty outstanding, spending nine successful seasons with the Musketeers, even as they transitioned to the Big East. In these last two years, his work with Louisville has been even more impressive. Since taking over a program battered by allegations and violations, Mack is 44-21 and tied for 2nd place in the ACC this past season. He’s in fantastic shape to have a perennial contender with the Cardinals for years to come.

Outrageously, Scotty Davenport is No. 336.

—Against Louisville, Georgia Tech was able to do the thing the Cardinals haven’t been able to this season: Play a clean game.

—Saturday Blitz has three takeaways from the GT loss.

—Teddy deserves all of this.

—Dick Vitale has Louisville at No. 26 in his preseason top 40.

—Louisville CB Kei’Trel Clark should be back for the Notre Dame game on Saturday.

—New Bobby Pettiford highlights:

—Fun read here on what the SEC live mascots who have been banned from attending games are up to on Saturday’s this year.

—Here’s a look at everything Brian Kelly said during his pre-Louisville press conference on Monday.

—Congrats to a Louisville legend (who should have been a Louisville Cardinal).

—Yellow Jacked Up has five takeaways from Georgia Tech’s win over Louisville.

—Malik Cunningham says Louisville needs to rely on its team leaders during this trying time.

—Louisville is No. 3 in this week’s college football “powerless rankings.”

3. Louisville

This was supposed to be a level up year for Louisville. Instead, the Cardinals are on a three-game losing streak. This game was supposed to be winnable and end the streak. Instead, the Cardinals lost three fumbles at a rain-soaked Bobby Dodd stadium losing 46-27 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The Louisville offense was shutout in the fourth quarter as the Yellow Jackets scored 20 points. This game exposed several weaknesses we knew about the Cardinals. The defense was bad last season, and they’ve been bad again this season. This is the second game the defense has given up over 40 points.

The offensive line had question marks as well. The Yellow Jackets sacked Louisville three times in addition to forcing four fumbles and recovering three. The Cardinals slide might continue for a few more weeks if they cannot get those things fixed.

—Louisville field hockey and volleyball are both off to historic starts in 2020.

—U of L swimming now has three commitments from the class of 2026(!).

—And finally, the CJ has three things we learned from Friday night’s loss.