—Spread check: Wake Forest by 7.
—For the first time since the start of the pandemic, we’re doing a “Where We’re Watching” post for Saturday’s game. So if you’re outside the Louisville area and getting together with fellow Cardinal fans at a public setting to take in the Wake Forest game, shoot me those locations (MikeRuth5@aol.com) so they can be added to the post that will go up on Friday.
—Yesterday’s Mike Rutherford Show featured the wildest 5 o’clock hour of all-time, one where Brandon Bender showed up to the studio while we were talking on air. You can listen to the full podcast here.
—These uniforms are so bad ass.
Lights— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) September 29, 2021
It's about that time. pic.twitter.com/0KDYyHEtxX
—Jack Bicknell and Renato Brown previewed the Wake Forest game after practice on Tuesday night. Here’s a transcript of what they had to say.
—Bryan Brown and Yasir Abdullah will meet with the media after practice tonight around 6 p.m.
—The NCAA announced today that beginning in 2022, the “March Madness” branding will be used for the women’s NCAA tournament. In years past, “March Madness” has only been used in reference to the men’s tournament.
—Wake Forest fans don’t seem to be overly fond of Louisville.
—Jody Demling keeps tabs on the latest bowl projections for Louisville football. Memphis State appears to be the most common predicted opponent for the Cards.
—The Atherton Rebels are becoming the Atherton Ravens.
—After a rough start, we’re starting to see why the U of L coaching staff was so high on the offensive line coming into the season.
—Tickets are now on sale for the “Team 108 Tipoff Scrimmage” that’s going down at the yum Center on Oct. 16.
—This could wind up being a very big deal.
A National Labor Relations Board memo declares student-athletes are “employees” of their schools. Allows for numerous protections and rights, including unionization. Major blow to NCAA which has fought this. https://t.co/Ucbuf88jv7— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 29, 2021
—Through the first month of his first college football season, Australian punter Mark Vassett has been a difference-maker for Louisville.
—Presbyterian College has a new coach who refuses to let a foot touch a ball, and it’s resulting in some of the wildest games college football has ever seen.
—The 14th-ranked Louisville men’s soccer team blasted Western Illinois, 7-1, on Tuesday night. The Cards have now won five straight heading into Friday night’s top 15 showdown at No. 4 Duke.
—With Braden Smith and Monty Montgomery out, Louisville is adopting “next man up” mentality.
—Kentucky Today’s Russ Brown previews Louisville-Wake.
A Louisville football season that got off to a wobbly start against Ole Miss and Eastern Kentucky that had fans hyperventilating over fears of another poor campaign has suddenly turned positive.
So positive, in fact, that the Cardinals (3-1, 1-0 ACC) and their followers can now even start dreaming about a possible run at the Atlantic Division championship, especially with dominant force Clemson (2-2, 1-1) having an unexpected meltdown and in trouble for the first time in over a decade.
The Tigers have suffered stunning defeats against Georgia Tech (10-3) and North Carolina State (27-21 double OT) and no longer resemble the overwhelming choice for the ACC title that they did in the preseason polls.
Meanwhile, UofL has strung together its first three-game winning streak in the Scott Satterfield era and are looking to make it four straight in a crucial matchup with surprising No. 24/25 Wake Forest (4-0, 2-0) in Winston-Salem, N.C. Saturday afternoon (3:30, RSN).
It’s not only a chance for the Cards to join the division championship conversation in a race that suddenly looks wide open, but also to beat a ranked team on the road since upsetting the Demon Deacons 62-59 on Oct. 12, 2019.
—The Chicago Bears have purchased Arlington Park from Churchill Downs Inc.
—Tickets are now available for the 2021 U of L men’s basketball tipoff luncheon. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel.
—This lengthy read on being embedded with the Cincinnati football team going into last week’s game against Indiana and preparing for this week’s showdown with Notre Dame is really good. I had forgotten that Greg Scruggs is currently coaching the UC defensive line.
—Louisville volleyball’s Elena Scott has been named the ACC Freshman of the Week for a third consecutive time.
—Everyone associated with Wake Forest football seems to be pushing the significance of Saturday afternoon’s contest.
I’ll say it: Saturday isn’t just a statement game for @WakeFB, but for the fanbase too.— WFU Sports Stats (@WFUSportsStats) September 28, 2021
Deacs are nationally ranked and 1st in ACC. It’s going to be 75 and sunny at kickoff. Attendance in 2019 struggled at times, and it’s time us fans take the next step alongside this team. ✊ https://t.co/h4xRbJ4CXa
—Louisville has offered UK cornerback commit Alex Afari out of Ohio.
—U of L field hockey’s Julie Kouijzer has been named ACC Defensive Player of the Week.
—Bill Connelly’s S&P Projections like Wake Forest over Louisville by a touchdown.
—All four of these Virginia-based ACC football writers are taking Wake Forest over the Cards.
—Here are the broadcast details for Saturday’s game on Bally Sports:
—Undergraduate enrollment is on the decline at U of L, but graduate enrollment is on the rise.
—The CJ’s Hayes Gardner dives into Kentucky being the only state in the nation to crown just one official state champion for all of its high school team sports, save for football.
—Andy Katz ranks Louisville at Kentucky as just the 18th-best non-conference game of the upcoming men’s college basketball season.
—Never forget that Steve Kragthorpe brought the Keg of Nails home from Nippert Stadium despite facing one of the best Cincinnati teams of the Big East era.
With a win at Wake Forest, Scott Satterfield would become the first UofL football coach to have multiple road wins vs. AP-ranked opponents. The Cards are 4-35-1 in such games.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) September 28, 2021
11/3/00 at Southern Miss
10/13/07 at Cincinnati
11/5/11 at West Virginia
10/12/19 at Wake Forest
—College basketball coaches talk anonymously about their teams’ vaccination rates.
—Lamar vs. Teddy week is here.
—An early lead in the ACC’s Atlantic Division is on the line Saturday in Winston-Salem, but Louisville is remaining focused on the moment at hand.
“We don’t worry about all of that, we worry about Wake Forest,” he said. “If you start thinking about all the other stuff, then you’re not focused on what needs to be focused on, and that’s the team we got to play this week. We’re looking at tomorrow’s practice, and that’s the way you have to look at it.
“Alumni, media and all the people can look at all the other stuff, and talk about it - and its fun talk, but that stuff doesn’t really matter. This is our fifth game and second ACC game, and we got to go play as well as we can possibly play to go to beat Wake Forest. That’s the bottom line.
Satterfield went on to add that Louisville and Wake Forest being in the mix for the top of the Atlantic Division highlights the parity in college football, and that games are won and lost by those who prepare the most. He specifically highlights Minnesota losing to Bowling Green as 30-point favorites, and Clemson getting upset by NC State.
“Every single week, you’re going to see examples of this. That if the team doesn’t show up, they’re going to lose,” he said. “The team that prepares the best, week in and week out, and goes out and performs, will have an opportunity to win their conference, to go to a great bowl or go to playoffs. But you have to stay in the moment, and focus on the team you’re playing.”
—Cool story here about FSU OL Dillan Gibbons, who recently became the first college athlete to use NIL to help someone else.
—The Cardinal field hockey team kicked off the week with an emotion double OT win at Ohio State.
—Neither Packer nor Durham appear to be fully on the U of L bandwagon just yet.
—Here’s a comprehensive recap of the start to the week in local high school sports.
—Kyle Porter writes for CBS that the Ryder Cup reigns because it reminds us that relationship supersedes anything we accomplish on our own and that we were created to desire something bigger than ourselves
—Kirk Herbstreit names Malik Cunningham as one of his top performers of the week.
—The latest Cardinal Sports Zone podcast gets you ready for Saturday’s game.
—In 2018, Terry Rozier was sued for infringement related to a company’s Ghost Face mask. On Monday, Rozier won the legal battle.
—The NCAA’s “sky is falling” rhetoric over NIL looks even more ridiculous now.
—Cardinal Authority looks at the series between Louisville and Wake.
—Five Demon Deacons to keep an eye on this weekend.
—And finally, Blogger So Dear says Saturday gives Wake Forest an opportunity to exact some revenge for the program’s “disastrous” loss to Louisville in 2019.