—Spread check: Central Florida by 6.5.
—Tonight at 7 on ESPNU, it’s unbeaten and fifth-ranked Louisville taking on 8th-ranked reigning national champion Kentucky. For all her accomplishments with the Cardinals, head coach Dani Busboom-Kelly is 0-3 against the Cats. It’s time to change that. Here’s a preview of the match.
—If you already have tickets to the sold out match, make sure to wear red.
—Cameron Teague Robinson highlights three matchups that will decide Friday night’s game.
—Young Lamar was already cooler than any of us could ever dream of being.
—Jason Frakes and Dominique Yates take a look at the high school football weekend ahead in the latest Prep Rally Podcast.
—Former Card and current professional soccer player Gaby Vincent couldn’t have had a better experience at U of L.
—Braden Smith’s punt return touchdown was one of the top plays of the ACC’s second week.
—U of L volleyball’s Elena Scott has been named the ACC Co-Freshmen of the Week.
—The Louisville women’s golf team finished sixth at the Wolverine Invitational.
—You can listen to the podcast of Tuesday’s Mike Rutherford Show here.
—I am already loving the Teddy era in Denver.
Definitely an interesting statement from Von Miller about the post-Manning state of #Broncos QBs. Including Drew Lock, apparently. "I haven't felt that in a while…since 18 was here." pic.twitter.com/PfL3DVq52l— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 15, 2021
—GoCards.com has the major takeaways from this week’s Scott Satterfield press conference.
—U of L defensive coordinator Bryan Brown will talk to the media today at 5:45 p.m.
—Caleb Chandler is aware the that offensive line’s performance so far this season hasn’t been up to par, but he believes the unit is close.
“We know we’re not living up to our expectations, and that some things aren’t going our way,” redshirt junior offensive guard Caleb Chandler said. “It’s been hard looking at film the last couple of games, because we’re literally just a couple guys away from breaking things open.”
The line has been a major contributor to the slow starts Louisville has experienced in both their season opener vs. Ole Miss and home opener vs. Eastern Kentucky. It has had difficulty maintaining blocks to both create rushing lanes and a clean pocket, resulting in the Cardinals averaging 3.3 yards per carry, and quarterback Malik Cunningham throwing for 113 yards in both first halves combined.
That being said, Chandler believes the disappointing start by the offensive line is very much correctable. After taking a deep dive into the film, he thinks it boils down to simply fine tuning their technique and fundamentals. Although, that doesn’t make watching it play out in the film room any easier to watch.
“We’re literally two inches away from a two-yard gain that should be a 25-yard gain. That’s the part that hurts the most, and it hurts because there’s so many plays like that too,” he said. “We just got to do the right technique, so things can be clearer for the running back, can be clearer for Malik if he needs to pull it or not.”
—Here’s the full transcript of Tuesday’s comments from Chandler and CC favorite Justin Marshall.
—A reminder that Saturday is Louisville Live at Churchill Downs. You can buy tickets here.
—Get this man some time.
Lamar Jackson’s pressure rate on Monday Night Football was 54.5%.— Gridiron (@Gridiron) September 15, 2021
For comparison, the pressure rate on Patrick Mahomes during Super Bowl LV was 52.5%
—Still pretty good.
—A new NCAA proposal would allow FBS programs to sign up to seven additional players in a class to replace up to seven transfers.
—Horse racing returns to Churchill Downs tomorrow.
—The US Labor Secretary visited Doss High School today.
—Adam Duvall’s sensational 2021 now includes a triple digit RBI figure.
—Snoop Dogg has canceled the rest of his 2021 appearances, which includes his scheduled appearance at Louder than Life in Louisville.
—Louisville sits at No. 5 in the Atlantic Division in Gobbler Country’s latest ACC power rankings.
—Ellis Myles is home and resting after a nasty bout with viral meningitis.
Thank you for the outpouring of love, prayers and messages. I really appreciate it!!! I'm finally heading home to rest in my own bed! pic.twitter.com/bE46wwV4EI— Ellis Myles (@emyles310) September 14, 2021
—Trez returning for Louisville Live should be very cool.
—Justin Marshall was excited to find the endzone for the first time against EKU. Now he’s looking for an overall increase in production.
—Gus Malzahn talked Monday about Friday night being his team’s first road trip.
This will be our first road game. Looking forward to traveling to Louisville. Very impressed with their team. Offensively, it starts with their quarterback.
Malik Cunningham. A guy I actually recruited. He’s started 27 games. He’s a dual-threat guy that can run it and throw it. Has a great composure. Very impressed with him. Defensively, their linebacker, C.J. Avery, I’m familiar with him. I think he’s been their leading tackler the last two years. He really sets the tone for them. What really stands out to me is they’re one of the better teams in time of possession. They were last year. I think they’re in the top 20 this year. That’s a sign of being able to run the football and play solid defense. Their kicker, real impressed with him. It will be a really good test for where we’re at. The challenge this week is the short week. We had a late Saturday night game. We’ve got to travel. So we did things a little bit different today. We’re going to be wise on the short turnaround. Just looking forward to seeing how our guy responds on the road against a very solid team.
—Kentucky wide receiver Josh Ali has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident without rendering aid and driving without insurance.
—The depth charts for both U of L and UCF are out.
—Why not start your game day experience at noon the day before the game? Don’t let anyone tell you it’s too early.
—Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology for ESPN has Louisville as a 7-seed facing Indiana in the first round.
—UCF is taking extra measures this week to prepare for the crowd noise at Cardinal Stadium. Let’s make sure those extra measures were worth it.
—And finally, beat Kentucky.