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Niam Patel is optimistic that October is going to be a better month than September was.

—The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel is projecting a Louisville vs. Kentucky Gator Bowl.

—Four-star Floyd Central offensive lineman Zen Michalski, who has received a number of high profile offers in recent weeks, has decommitted from Louisville. Ohio State is widely believed to be the new favorite for his services.

—The Louisville men’s basketball team is leading a voter registration drive this Saturday.

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will participate in a voter registration drive on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Shawnee Park basketball courts located at 4501 West Broadway in Louisville.

The team will be present at the event to encourage eligible individuals to register to vote and staff will assist in the registration process. The deadline to register is Oct. 5 to vote in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election, just two days after the weekend event. To register at the Shawnee Park event, individuals should know their social security number, date of birth, address and Kentucky driver’s license number.

There will be limited, distanced interaction with team members due to COVID-19 protocols. Attendees must wear a mask and maintain social distancing of six-feet of space from other people.

For those who cannot attend and want to register before the deadline, online registration is available here.

—Lamar Jackson once again had a rough night against Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City.

—The folks over at Cardiac Hill talk about Pitt’s win over Louisville on the latest episode of their podcast.

—Adam Engel wasted little time making his mark on the 2020 MLB playoffs.

—Andy Katz has Louisville in the First Four in his mock NCAA tournament bracket.

—An accused bank robber escaped from jail this morning by breaking a window and shimmying down the Hall of Justice.

—Card Chronicle Coffee Bird Mask.

—The U of L men’s soccer team was dealt a 3-1 defeat at Kentucky on Monday night. The Cards are now 0-2 on the young season.

—Cardinal Authority recaps how Louisville players in the NFL fared in week three.

—The Louisville women’s basketball team is No. 5 in ESPN’s early rankings for the 2020-21 season.

5. Louisville Cardinals

Previous ranking: 6

The job of replacing three starters is made much easier when one of the returnees is the ACC Player of the Year. Coach Jeff Walz will once again be able to build around senior guard Dana Evans, who averaged 18.0 points and 4.2 assists a season ago, and that might be enough to make the Cardinals the conference favorite. Incoming freshman guard Hailey Van Lith has the potential to take some of the scoring load off Evans, but how much 6-foot-1 Elizabeth Balogun (8.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG) improves could determine how serious Louisville’s Final Four aspirations become. — Creme

—Most bowl games won’t have the money to issue payouts this year, so it seems likely that some college football teams who receive invites will decide that the costs aren’t worth the rewards of playing.

—Shoutout to Jackson County.

—U of L has offered class of 2022 offensive lineman Cameron Collins out of Cincinnati St. Xavier.

—The Louisville-Notre Dame men’s soccer match originally scheduled for Friday at Lynn Stadium has been moved to Saturday.

—Three years ago? Five months ago? Sixteen years ago? I’d have no clue at this point if Kenny wasn’t keeping track.

David’s still the best.

—Shane Ryan writes about the phenomenon of some longtime fans not returning to sports in 2020.

—Jon Bois looks at the future of college football as only he can.

—John Calipari continues to put the will they/won’t they ball in Louisville’s court.

—There was no weekly press conference on Monday because of the bye week, but Scott Satterfield will talk with the media after practice this evening at 5:30. Would expect to hear a Malik Cunningham update at that time.

—Jordan Nwora will participate in the 2020 NBA Draft combine.

—And finally, this story of parrots needing to be separated at an England zoo because they wouldn’t stop swearing is my favorite thing from today.