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Monday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

There was plenty of Louisville love in Denver yesterday.

—Spread check: Louisville by 2.

—Saturday’s Louisville-Virginia game has officially been set as a 3 p.m. kick on the ACC Network.

—The cherry on top of a less than stellar area sports weekend was Teddy Bridgewater leaving Sunday’s “Louisville Bowl” in Denver with a concussion. Lamar Jackson’s Ravens went home with a 23-7 win.

Missing all of the first quarter because we had to watch the Titans and Jets play 15 extra minutes was a nice touch as well.

—We had plenty of opportunities to win the game on our own volition, but we also got hosed. Both things can be true.

—Your third-ranked Louisville volleyball team moved to 14-0 this season with a Friday win over Clemson and a Sunday triumph over Georgia Tech.

—The 14th-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 road loss to No. 4 Duke.

—The folks over at Blogger So Dear celebrate Saturday’s win over the Cards, but have some serious praise for Scott Satterfield as well.

Satterfield has the best offensive scheme in the ACC. In the 3 years that Satterfield has been at Louisville, the Cardinals have constantly been the team that Wake cannot stop at all (excluding Clemson, who typically just overwhelms Wake with talent). In that time span, the Cards have scored 17 touchdowns on offense and only punted 12 times. They have scored 62, 45, and 34 points for an average of 47 points per game and are averaging nearly 500 yards per game. I guess you can say the Deacs are trending in the right direction in terms of points allowed, but even when Satterfield was at App in 2017, the Mountaineers rolled up 494 yards of offense before the Deacs eventually won on a late blocked FG. As Louisville is a team Wake is going to play every year, the Deacs need to find some way to slow down this explosive offense.

Nick Sciba is the GOAT. That is it. That is the take.

I have no absolutely no problem with Louisville fans blaming the refs. The whole clock situation at the end of the 1st half was weird and I have no idea if the refs got it right or not. College football refs are definitely not infallible and blaming the refs is just part of being an irrational college football fan. I have done it more times than I can count and I’m certain if the Deacs were on the other end of this I would being doing it right now. That being said, if you’re a Louisville fan creating some conspiracy about how the refs are cheating for Wake Forest because the ACC needs them to get into the CFB playoff, it might be time for a vacation.

—After three Cards were banged up in the loss to Wake Forest, Satterfield provided an update on their status Monday afternoon. While Ashton Gillotte and Renato Brown seem likely to be available this weekend against Virginia, Kam Wilson will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.

—All of us yesterday:

—The Augusta Free Press looks at Louisville by the numbers.

—The Atlanta Journal Constitution covers Louisville volleyball’s Sunday sweep of No. 18 Georgia Tech.

—Very cool recap of Louisville Live (and picture day) here:

—The Louisville women’s soccer team scored a dramatic 2-1 overtime win over Wake Forest with a goal in the 99th minute on Saturday night.

—The CJ’s Dominique Yates catches up with Male High hoops star Kaleb Glenn to talk about his recent commitment to Louisville.

—The emojis are a nice touch here.

—Once again, Louisville has been shut out of the ACC’s weekly individual football awards.

—Louisville field hockey is No. 4 in the sport’s updated RPI rankings.

—The Cards take on Miami of Ohio tonight at 7. You can stream the event here.

—ACC week 7 game times (Louisville is on a bye):

Friday, Oct. 15

Clemson at Syracuse, 7 p.m., ESPN – previously announced

Saturday, Oct. 16

Duke at Virginia, 12:30 p.m., RSN

Miami at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m., ESPN, ESPN2, or ACC Network – network designation after the games of Oct. 9

Pitt at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ESPN, ESPN2, or ACC Network – network designation after the games of Oct. 9

NC State at Boston College, 7:30 p.m., ACC Network

—Cardinal Authority gives an updated look at Louisville football in the national stats.

—Rodney Rice, the class of 2022 recruit Chris Mack had spent the most time on these last couple of years, has officially committed to Virginia Tech. The Cardinals have won 17 consecutive games against the Hokies.

—Nice to see AD rocking the Jaire Alexander jersey.

—State of Louisville reacts to the Wake Forest loss.

—Cardinal Authority plays “where are they now” with Stephan Van Treese.

—Malik Cunningham said the missed opportunities and mental mistakes really hurt them on Saturday in Winston-Salem.

—The first six weeks of the 2021 college football season have been historically wild.

—U of L swim and dive opened its 2021-22 season with a sweep of Xavier.

—Dave Clawson used the word “lucky” to describe the officials putting one second of time back on the clock before the end of the first half on Saturday.

While Sciba’s last kick was the one that provided the points that put Wake over the top, it was another chip shot earlier in the game that proved just as important.

If not more so.

The 20-yarder on the last play before halftime sent the Deacons into the break with a 20-17 lead and was preceded by a controversial series of events that bailed Clawson out after he decided to try for a touchdown from the 1-yard line with just four seconds remaining.

Running back Christian Beal-Smith was stopped short of the goal line on the play, but somehow Wake managed to call timeout with one second still remaining on the clock. That allowed Sciba an opportunity to make the field goal that would ultimately become the difference in the game.

“I told the official that as soon as the ball was down I’m going to use a timeout,” Clawson said afterward. “It was a calculated risk. I hoped we had a second left, but to say I knew that would be a three-second play. … I got a little bit lucky. Sometimes luck helps.”

Those are the kinds of breaks, Clawson said, that can be more than just the difference in one important game.

“You go through a year and you have these one-score close games and if you’re going to have a special season, you’re going to find your way to win your share,” he said. “We did that today.”

—Jack Harlow is donating to five Louisville organizations close to his heart.

—If Paul Rogers is complaining about the officiating, that’s when you know someone (or something) has gone too far.

—The CJ looks ahead to the five best area high school football games of the Friday ahead.

—Senior Brooke Williams made history for the Holy Cross Cougars on Friday night.

Very cool.

—Though he didn’t get a full opportunity to improve on his mark yesterday, Teddy Bridgewater is currently the best QB in the NFL against the spread.

—Only 22 percent of the coaches in men’s college basketball say the move by Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC is good for the sport.

—The Louisville Bats saw their 2021 season end with a rain out. Again, just an awful sports weekend around here.

—Nice start to Malik’s final season as a Card.

—Louisville is up to No. 59 in ESPN’s Football Power Index.

—Lou City clinched a playoff berth with a win over New Mexico United over the weekend.

—And finally, a still Salty Mike will be in the studio from 3-6 this afternoon talking about the Wake game and everything else from the weekend that was on 1450/96.1. You can stream the show here.