—Spread check: Notre Dame by 16.5.
—It has not been easy to maintain ... you know, anything ... in 2020, so winning Best Website and Best Twitter Feed in LEO Weekly’s annual Best of Louisville awards feels especially gratifying this year. Raw Pineapples has to go down though.
Big thank you to everyone who voted.
—The NCAA has unveiled its complete list of championship host sites from the 2022-23 season through the 2025-26 season. Of particular note: The NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be returning to the KFC Yum Center as a regional host site in 2023, and Lynn Family Stadium will be the site of the 2023 men’s soccer championship. The NCAA volleyball tournament is also coming to Louisville three times.
—Would love to see the Cards give a monster effort for this fine gentleman on Saturday.
Update on out Dad. He is up moving around. He appreciates the love and prayers he has received. He will be living at a rehab facility for awhile. He is excited to see his @UofLFootball team beat Notre Dame Saturday! He said Ls up#winformydad pic.twitter.com/WSpix182q9— James Middleton (@jamesmidd5) October 14, 2020
—Real life Louisville men’s basketball practice starts tomorrow.
—Peyton Siva has a new podcast where he talks about playing ball all around the world, it’s called “Ball Around the World” (so it’s not just a clever name). You can check it out here.
—This weekend’s Louisville-Notre Dame game will be available on SiriusXM.
—Jake Snider’s team rolled to an 11-2 win in Game Three of the Pizza Bowl.
—The Crosstown Shootout is happening in 2020, and John Brannen’s rhetoric sounds awfully familiar.
—Louisville is the first program to offer class of 2022 athlete Coleman Bryson.
—The NCAA has officially granted an additional year of eligibility to all winter sport athletes. That’s nice, but it’s hard to not feel for last year’s senior class, who had the thing they had spent the entire year working towards ripped away at the last second, with no chance of ever getting it back.
—It’s never a bad time to watch the 1995 Louisville-Kentucky highlights, AKA the Samaki Walker game.
#5 Kentucky vs Louisville (1995) pic.twitter.com/CfXxBptyq9— College Basketball Classics (@ClassicsCBB) October 13, 2020
—Enjoy division-less ACC football while you can, because it probably isn’t going to be around after this season.
—Saturday’s LSU-Florida game has been postponed after the Gators experienced a COVID-19 spike.
—Bill Connelly’s S&P predicts a 40-23 Notre Dame win on Saturday.
—Lamar rules, part 8 billion.
Lamar Jackson’s reaction to Aaron Rodgers’ compliments in the video below.— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) October 14, 2020
“That means a lot, especially coming from a SB-winning QB and a guy who’s still competing at a high level. A-Rod - that’s pretty cool coming for him. I appreciate that.”pic.twitter.com/8ujZgLOMmM
—Scott Satterfield is 10th among ACC head football coaches when it comes to total salary for 2020.
—The Louisville volleyball team is up to No. 6 in the country.
—The Atlanta Falcons have added former Louisville linebacker James Burgess to their practice squad.
—Irish Breakdown has some “midweek musings” on Louisville vs. Notre Dame.
BIGGEST CONCERN - OFFENSE
In this matchup, the only thing that can truly stop Notre Dame is Notre Dame. Turnovers, missed opportunities, sloppy play, etc.
Louisville is going to throw a lot at Notre Dame. They are going to bring pressures from all over the field, they are going to mix up their coverages and show a lot of different pre-snap looks. Those looks caused quarterback IanBook problems, and he failed to complete a single pass beyond 20 yards in that contest.
Book will need to play better, which means better handling those various looks and pressures. If Book and the line handle the diverse looks they will throttle Louisville, but if they don’t they could make enough mistakes to keep it close.
—Andy Katz identifies 15 players who could be the best point guard in college basketball season, and not one of them is David Johnson. I think that’s an error.
—One Foot Down has “everything you need to know” about Saturday’s game.
—The excitement continues to mount.
yes he is also wearing sunglasses pic.twitter.com/VLkD15TEBu— Homefield (@HomefieldApparl) October 14, 2020
—Dwayne Ledford and Cam DeGeorge talked with the media after practice.
—Greg Ward is facing Lamar Jackson this weekend, so naturally the Philadelphia Enquirer had to bring up the 2016 Houston game we’d all like to forget forever.
—One Foot Down also has its “Big Preview” of Louisville-Notre Dame.
—U of L has established “Los Cardenales,” which is very cool.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, was created to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans with ancestors of a Hispanic background.
The University of Louisville is now one of the few schools to have a student-athlete group designed for this population. Los Cardenales is a group of Hispanic/Latinx student-athletes who have come together to connect through their culture, language and family. Student-athletes come from all over the world to UofL to compete at the highest level, so being able to connect with those who are similar to them is important.
—The latest episode of the CC pod is here.
—Louisville is focused on correcting its negatives and building on its positives as it heads into a crucial stretch to try and save the 2020 season.