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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

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When both your basketball teams are unbeaten after one week of play, life is good.

—Western Kentucky had itself a hell of an opening week as it now prepares to take on Louisville tomorrow.

—Everyone knows all about Louisville’s injury problems, but the Hilltoppers could be without the services of their most consistent scorer on Tuesday.

—Today is the last day to save 30 percent on your orders from Homefield Apparel. Just use the promo code “BFCARDCHRONICLE” at checkout.

—BC Interruption shares its thoughts on Boston College’s 34-27 win over Louisville.

The Ugly

Louisville Turnovers - It must be positively maddening for Louisville fans to watch an offense with so much fire power continue to plague themselves with turnovers. This team has way too much talent to be 3-7. The Cardinals now hold a -1.4 turnover margin, which ranks 123 out of 127 FBS teams. BC, on the other hand, ranks 20th with a +0.9 margin, and that was ultimately the difference in this game. While BC’s lone turnover was costly (a Jurkovec fumble inside the UL 3 that you could definitely argue should have been blown dead), the Cardinals seemed to cough it up without much coaxing. BC capitalized with 10 points off of the two fumbles, and Shitta Sillah’s interception was a game-ender.

Positively maddening? Yeah, I’d say that pretty much sums it up.

—Louisville is trying to get ahead of the game and stay ahead of the game when it comes to name, image, likeness stuff by partnering with Opendorse. The CJ takes a deep dive into how U of L is using that partnership to help athletes build their brands before any NIL bill changes college athletics.

—First I drive through it twice, then JJ Traynor wins a game for Louisville as a true freshman. What a week for Bardstown.

—Big Red Louie has three takeaways from the Boston College loss.

—The BC loss means that for the second time in three years, Louisville is going to go a full season without winning a game away from home.

—Despite the team’s win/loss record, Louisville’s defense has been steadily improving since October.

—Louisville-Prairie View highlights via the ACC Digital Network:

—Dennis Grosel is only unstoppable against Louisville.

—Rick Pitino will be coaching a college basketball game tonight for the first time since Louisville’s second round NCAA tournament loss to Michigan in 2017. His Iona Gaels will take on Kevin Willard and Seton Hall.

—The U of L women and Dana Evans have some nice current betting odds on SportsBettingDime.com.

—The official art of the 2021 Kentucky Derby has been unveiled.

—Here’s the best of Dez from the Boston College game.

—Indiana QB Michael Penix is done for the season with a torn ACL.

—Props to Jared Grasso for not biting his tongue here.

—SI’s Louisville Report looks at the points of emphasis for Louisville vs. Western Kentucky.

—Here’s a transcript of Chris Mack’s comments following Louisville’s Sunday win over Prairie View A&M.

—Big Red Louie gives us three takeaways from the Prairie View win.

—Happy 1-year anniversary to Louisville’s toppling of top-ranked Oregon, a win which I think gives Jeff Walz more than enough justification to claim 2019-20 as U of L’s first national championship season.

—Jordan Watkins is already embracing his “jack-of-all-trades” roll at Louisville.

—The LHL’s John Clay has some notes from a wild first week of the 2020-21 college basketball season.

—U of L wide receiver Corey Reed has announced that he’s opting out of the rest of the 2020 season.

—JP Macura refusing to let his feud with Mick Cronin die is a beautiful sight to see.

—Like everything else, Actors Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” is going to be a little bit different in 2020.

—DeVante Parker is now No. 8 on the Miami Dolphins’ all-time receiving list after an 8-catch, 119-yard performance on Sunday. It was the 10th 100-yard receiving game of Parker’s NFL career.

—After his monster performance on Saturday, Dez Fitzpatrick has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award is given annually to the best wide receiver in college football.

—First we had “Kyle’s Korner,” now we have “Walk-On Wing.”

—Your ACC week 12 touchdown remix is here (video).

—It’s only been three games, but Dre Davis is having one of the best starts for a Louisville basketball true freshman in some time.

—Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey is all about The Wade.

—Not having a normal Feast Week last week sort of sucked, but at least it’s giving us three days of afternoon Maui Invitational hoops to start a normal work week. Here’s the full Maui schedule, coming to you from Asheville this year.

—The Cardinal Sports Zone crew is back with a new pod.

—And finally, Brett McMurphy’s latest bowl projections have Louisville playing Kentucky in Gasparilla Bowl on Dec. 26, the same day the Cards and Cats will square off on the hardwood.