—Spread check: Central Florida by 7.
—Central Florida’s run defense has been tremendous so far this season, but the Knights will be facing a different style of rushing attack on Friday night.
—Eric Crawford recaps the best and worst from the weekend that was in local college football.
Second and long: Louisville likes to take shots in the air on first down, but when those fall flat, you can often book that a running play will follow. Louisville has thrown it only 14 times on second down this season (averaging just 5.5 yards per attempt). It has run the ball 30 times on second down (averaging 5 yards per attempt). Against EKU, Louisville ran 16 plays on second down with 6 or more yards to go. Only 4 of those plays were passes (2-4, 33 yards, 1 TD, 8.25 yards per play). On the 8 runs, Louisville gained 48 yards (6-yard average per play). Louisville’s average third-down distance to go in the game was 5.6.
Third and REALLY long: As a privileged sportswriter, I rarely deal with many of the same issues that regular fans do. Parking, sometimes (I’ll know it’s time to retire when I’m all the way at the end of the Purple lot for Louisville games). But I did wander down to the concession stand in the fourth quarter Saturday for a soft drink. My experience was fine, but Louisville fans came away from Saturday’s game with stories of missing entire quarters while standing in line. The culprit, apparently, was that card readers went out en masse with the stadium now on a cashless basis. A bad break when you’re trying to get fans back out to the ball game. The complaints rose to the level that Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra sent a letter to fans vowing to share his plans for fixing the issues within 48 hours.
—That letter from Vince Tyra, for those interested, can be seen below:
—Top U of L football commit Popeye Williams enjoyed his time with his future coaches this past weekend.
—The 10th-ranked Louisville volleyball team swept No. 6 Purdue on Friday and then hammered tournament host Xavier a day later. The 8-0 Cards will face reigning national champion Kentucky on Wednesday in the Battle of the Bluegrass.
—People don’t forget.
—Syracuse.com has Louisville at No. 10 in its updated ACC power rankings.
—ACCSports.com also has the Cards at No. 10, tied with Duke.
—Teddy Bridgewater was tremendous on Sunday in his Broncos debut, and at least for the moment, fans in Denver are happy their offseason QB situation played out the way it did.
After Teddy Bridgewater led Denver to a 27-13 victory against the New York Giants in his first start with his new team, orange-and-blue clad fans in MetLife Stadium serenaded the 28-year-old quarterback Sunday as he jogged toward the tunnel leading to the visitors locker room:
Teddy, Teddy, Teddy!
“It’s cool,” Bridgewater said.
Teddy, Teddy, Teddy!
It was a beautiful noise, especially when you consider how restless denizens of Broncos Country clamored all spring and well into summer for Denver to pry Rodgers from the Packers. Hey, I’m not ashamed to admit I was among the crankiest voices shouting for Broncos general manager George Paton to do whatever it took to steal the big cheese from Green Bay.
So maybe after Week 1 of this fresh NFL season, we can have some fun with a statistical comparison.
Quarterback A: 15 completions in 28 attempts for 133 yards; zero touchdowns, two interceptions; 36.8 quarterback rating.
Quarterback B: 28 completions in 36 attempts for 264 yards; two touchdowns, zero interceptions; 115.7 quarterback rating.
Need a hint? While Rodgers is a Grade A quarterback, he flopped in the Packers’ 38-3 loss to New Orleans.
And B is for Bridgewater, who showed more in his Denver debut than the ability to manage a game. Who knew this guy could dance? He busts old-school moves like Teddy Riley.
—The latest Cardinal Sports Zone podcast is here.
—I mean I know you had this planned out, but I maybe would have bumped this to next Saturday (or whenever the first FSU dub comes), my man.
FSU player proposing on the field with Jacksonville St still celebrating in the background. You can’t make this stuff up pic.twitter.com/jeC5GZ45gz— Andrew Ferrelli (@Andrew_Ferrelli) September 13, 2021
—The sixth-ranked Louisville field hockey team moved to 6-0 on the young season with a 3-1 win over No. 11 Liberty on Sunday.
—Tim Sullivan writes that the NCAA could deliver some stiffer-than-expected punishments for the violations that Dino Gaudio extorted Chris Mack with if it finds that Louisville did not immediately report them.
Once again, what an absurd sentence.
—Me talking to girls in high school:
—The U of L men’s golf team opened its fall season with a fifth-place finish at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Ariz.
—The CJ’s Jason Frakes looks ahead to Friday night’s top five area high school football games.
—These are so awesome.
—Manual hoops standout Damone King had “another great visit” at U of L this past weekend. He’ll be attending Louisville Live on Saturday.
—Mekhi Becton is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks while also needing arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up damaged cartilage that he suffered during Sunday’s loss to Carolina, per Adam Schefter.
—Chris Mack continues to pay a significant amount of time and attention to Rodney Rice.
Louisville’s Chris Mack will be in today for Top-50 senior Rodney Rice, he told @Stockrisers. Rice, will be on an official visit with the program this upcoming weekend.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 13, 2021
—Louisville Report’s Matt McGavic serves up his final thoughts on the EKU win.
—The State Journal recaps Louisville’s 30-3 triumph.
—Alex Binelas picked up a Minor League Player of the Week honor.
my mom just sent me this pic of the new marcus camby statue at umass… pic.twitter.com/lKpEES6qkI— Becca Laurie (@imbeccable) September 13, 2021
It’s telling that UMass statue Camby using an NBA ball is like seventh on the list of embarrassing items here.
—The Crunch Zone has a photo gallery from Saturday night’s win.
—And finally, the Mike Rutherford Show is back on the air this afternoon from 3-6 on 1450AM/96.1FM to talk about Saturday’s performance on the field, the fans’ many complaints from around the field, and the latest story of the day from Louisville Twitter. You can stream the show here.