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The Summer Tour makes a stop at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

—Spread check: Ole Miss by 10.

—The full depth chart has been added to Louisville’s game notes for Monday night.

—Cardinal Strong answers some questions about Monday’s game for our friends over at Red Cup Rebellion.

—Bounce back season starts in five days.

—The CJ’s Cam Teague makes his game-by-game picks for the 2021 Louisville football season.

—It’s Sept. 1 and Nebraska fans are already debating whether or not the program needs to bring in Mark Stoops.

—A new 4-episode HBO series will examine inequities in sports, including at the college level.

—The numbers don’t lie: Even on downs where everyone expects him to throw, Lamar Jackson is one of the NFL’s most effective passing quarterbacks.

—The Tuesday podcast of the Mike Rutherford Show can be found here.

—A former investigator for the Ohio High School Athletics Association reveals details of his three-year investigation into Bishop Sycamore.

—Racing Louisville FC fired head coach Christy Holly for cause seemingly out of nowhere late Tuesday night.

—The Louisville and Ole Miss 247 sites come together to play know the foe.

Q: Ole Miss struggled mightily on defense last season. What are the expectations for 2021?

Kiffin said Tuesday he expects Ole Miss to be better defensively, which, to be fair, isn’t saying all that much, seeing as the Rebels have nowhere to go but up after fielding one of the worst defenses, not only in the conference, but all of FBS last season. Put simply, they didn’t do anything particularly well, surrendering nearly 40 points per game. Ole Miss signed the No. 17 recruiting class in the country in February, highlighted by a number of top-ranked defensive signees, a few of which are already pushing for playing time. Names to watch are defensive backs Tysheem Johnson, Markevious Brown and defensive lineman Tywone Malone. But the Rebels will benefit the most from their junior college and transfer additions. Safety Otis Reese, previously of Georgia, wasn’t cleared until late-November, appearing in the final three games. His presence coincided with the defense’s gradual improvement, including their best performance of the season in the win over Indiana. He’ll be on the field for the full year, and he’ll be joined by Jake Springer (Navy), Chance Campbell (Maryland) and a pair of junior college defensive tackles in Isaiah Iton and Jamond Gordon. Campbell replaces Jacquez Jones, the team’s leading tackler last season. Jones, seeing the writing on the wall, left for Kentucky in June. Campbell was the hand-picked linebacker of co-defensive coordinator DJ Durkin, formerly of Maryland. Ole Miss doesn’t need to jump into the 50s to show drastic improvement. No, the Rebels simply need to go from the 120s to the 80s. The coaching staff thinks they’ve added enough to do just that. Time will tell.

—A total of 31 newcomers have joined the U of L track and field/cross country team.

—The Athletic has a good read on Richard Pitino’s new start at New Mexico.

—Being ahead or within one score in the second half of all seven losses is a wild stat.

—Bill Connelly’s S&P Projections for ESPN like Ole Miss over Louisville, 37-30, on Monday night.

—U of L volleyball has announced its promotional schedule for the 2021 season.

—The start of the greatest individual season in Louisville football history happened five years ago today.

—Hey, and another fun anniversary ...

—Louisville field hockey’s Alli Bitting has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week.

—Malik Cunningham has launched his own website and line of merchandise.

—Angel McCoughtry burying our own Justin Renck should provide all the good vibes you need to get through the rest of your Wednesday.

—Lamar Jackson is the starting quarterback on The Athletic’s All-Under-25 Team.

—Rick Bozich identifies the 13 must-see college football games of the season for the area schools, a list topped by Louisville vs. Kentucky.

—McCain joins 2022 guard Rodney Rice and 2023 forward Kaleb Glenn as U of L hoops recruits now penciled in for Louisville Live.

—McCain says he “can’t wait” to see the city and the campus.

—The CJ breaks down the U of L offense by position.

—Bryan Brown and Kenderick Duncan talked with the media Tuesday night about practice and the Ole Miss game. Here’s a transcript of what they had to say.

—The Cards remain the ultimate “team of mystery” in the ACC.

—Despite trading up to draft him the 4th round, the Tennessee Titans waived Dez Fitzpatrick on Tuesday. The team still might find a spot for Dez on their practice squad.

—Lane Kiffin says Ole Miss RB Jerrion Ealy reminds him of Raiders RB Kenyan Drake.

—This is something that would interest me.

—OddsChecker’s Brian Good likes Ole Miss to cover the spread Monday night.

—That’s fine, because Charon the Black Botched Ray from the Georgia Aquarium is rolling with the Cards.

—Here are the 10 most expensive houses currently for sale in Louisville.

—The total lack of shit talking from Kiffin this week — and all offseason, really — remains disappointing.

“This is a really good opportunity for us to play on a national stage, I think the only game going on at that time,” Kiffin said Tuesday. “(Louisville) present a lot of challenges there with a very good quarterback who can make a lot of plays with his arm and feet, and a very veteran offensive line.”

Cunningham, a redshirt junior, has thrown for 4,678 yards 42 touchdowns over the last two seasons and has added an additional 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing. Louisville went from eight wins in 2019 to just four in 2020, but still presents a legitimate threat, largely because of Cunningham’s many talents.

“He can throw the ball really well, but then takes off and runs. (It’s) very challenging to contain him,” Kiffin said. “There’s a lot of challenges with that.”

The Rebels offense averaged nearly 40 points per game last season and figures to be explosive once again with redshirt junior quarterback Matt Corral back in the fold. Corral threw for 3,337 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2020.

Kiffin isn’t expecting anything to come easy on offense against an experienced Louisville defense, however. The Cardinals return 14 defenders who started at least one game last season.

“They’re multiple in what they do. They give you protection issues, trying to figure out where everybody is,” Kiffin said. “(It’s a) challenging opportunity for us.”

—Here’s an evaluation of new RB commit Maurice Turner.

—RebelWalk.com has some good game week notes on Ole Miss.

—And finally, Howie Lindsey will be in studio with me for today’s installment of The Mike Rutherford Show on The Big X — 1450/96.1. The CJ’s Cameron Teague Robinson will joins us at 3:30 to talk Cardinal football. You can stream the show here.