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Wednesday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Happy Thanksgiving, Card Chronicle.

—Spread check: Louisville by 7.

—The latest episode of the CC Podcast is here. A new episode will be out on Friday.

—Louisville stayed at No. 10 in the latest College Football Rankings, while ACC Championship Game opponent fell from No. 4 to No. 5.

ESPN’s Bill Connelly says no pair in the sport should be more upset about their rankings than the Seminoles and Cardinals.

2. Louisville Cardinals (10-1, No. 10)

A few quick “did you knows” on the Cardinals:

Did you know Louisville has six wins against bowl-eligible Power 5 opponents? That’s more than any other team in the country.

Did you know Louisville has a road win over a ranked opponent, something Oregon, Alabama and Missouri are all missing from their résumés?

Did you know Louisville’s strength of record is better than Missouri’s?

And yes, Louisville lost to Pitt in a game in which its best offensive player had two touches and, in the rain and bad weather, the Cardinals turned the ball over three times.

The Pitt loss is an anchor dragging Louisville for understandable reasons, but it certainly seems as if a dominant win over Notre Dame or a road win against 8-3 NC State should count for something. And while this was largely semantics before Travis’ injury at Florida State, there’s a very real scenario now where Louisville runs the table the rest of the way and earns an ACC championship with a 12-1 record.

And if that happens, the committee has made it clear the Cards will still be at the back of the line when it comes to playoff positioning.

—Rick Bozich also says that Louisville has every reason to be angry at the CFP committee.

—Cardinal Authority looks at where Louisville football stands in the national stats through 11 games.

—Jamari Thrash has accepted an invitation to play in the 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

—This is a wild stat for a team with a back as good as Ray Davis is.

—Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke has all but said that he’ll be skipping Miami’s bowl game and entering the transfer portal after this weekend.

—With the college football coaching carousel about to kick into high gear, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Johnson looks at possible candidates for all the open jobs and the ones that could be opening.

—Jody Demling has some updates on how U of L football commits are performing for their respective high schools.

—Ashton is the man.

—Mark Story of the Lexington Herald-Leader writes that Kentucky doesn’t have an advantage over Louisville in any single position group, and predicts a 10-point Cardinal victory.

—Tonight is the last chance to catch the Jeff Brohm Radio Show at Roosters in Fern Creek this season. The show runs from 7-8pm. If you can’t make it, you can listen on 93.9 FM The Ville & 970 AM WGTK.

—Actually, we love Sam Hartman more than both of y’all combined.

—LSU coach Kim Mulkey has failed Angel Reese by allowing speculation about the reason behind her absence run wild, Emma Baccellieri writes for SI.

—Deone Walker’s Tuesday comments have added fuel to an already sizzling rivalry.

“Within a rivalry game it’s also about keeping composure,” defensive coordinator Brad White said. “You’ve got to play smart, you’ve got to execute, but having a little fire in the belly is a good thing.”

Prior to Kentucky’s recent dominance in the Governor’s Cup — the Wildcats have won the last four games by a combined 179-57 margin — it was not uncommon for emotions to get the best of Stoops’ teams in the series. There was a pregame altercation between players and coaches in 2014 before a 44-40 Kentucky loss. In 2017, UK linebacker Jordan Jones set off a fight in the first quarter after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in what ended up a 44-17 blowout Louisville victory.

Walker at least is coming off perhaps the best performance of his career with nine tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack at South Carolina. Another showing like that against the Cardinals would make up for any bulletin board material he might have provided Tuesday.

But Walker also was responsible for one of the ill-timed penalties in the blowout loss at Georgia — a late hit that negated a third down stop — that led to the game getting out of hand early. It is that type of play that Kentucky must avoid to keep its rivalry streak alive.

“Our players really have to be disciplined,” Stoops said on his radio show Tuesday. “The intensity level is always elevated. We have to handle that. The bottom line is execution. We have to execute in critical moments. The intensity level will be there. I want us to play well.”

—Congrats to longtime CC reader Jeremy Stochaj and teammate Andrew Denning on taking U of L Law to the regional finals of the National Moot Court Competition, the school’s first appearance in a regional final in over 30 years. Along the way, the pair defeated ACC foes (and moot court powerhouses) Duke and Wake Forest, as well as Washington & Lee, and Campbell Universities

Probably the greatest accomplishment by a Brandeis student since I blogged an entire National Signing Day through both Contracts and Property classes.

—The latest episode of the From the Pink Seats podcast is here.

—My God.

—The quick AP preview of Louisville vs. Kentucky is here.

—Transfer portal season is already upon us, as U of L has offered Penn defensive tackle transfer Joey Slackman, a First Team All-Ivy League performer.

—Marquette rolled No. 1 Kansas in the second Maui semifinal last night, and thinks got testy between Shaka Smart and Bill Self.

—Inside the Hall breaks down the film from Indiana’s basketball victory over Louisville.

—The Lexington Herald Leader says Kentucky has played a harder schedule than Louisville this season, but wonders if that will matter when it comes to this year’s game.

—John Clay writes that the addition of Jeff Brohm has already changed the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry for the better.

Everyone in Louisville, as well as the state, knows the Brohms. Jeff’s father, Oscar, played at Louisville. So did brothers Greg and Brian, both now on Jeff’s staff. In fact, when looking for a new offensive coordinator of his own, Stoops reportedly interviewed Brian.

Big Blue Nation and Cardinal Nation might disagree, but what’s good for the rivalry is good for the state. It promotes interest, especially in football. Kentucky’s current Governor’s Cup win streak put pressure on Louisville to up its game. That the Cardinals have done.

So now here we are: Brohm vs. Stoops I on Saturday. Both teams are having surprising seasons. Louisville has been a pleasant 2023 surprise; Kentucky a disappointing 6-5. “Hopefully, we’ll have a little better record next go-round,” Stoops said.

Either way, Jeff Brohm makes this rivalry better.

—The depth charts for Saturday are out.

—Being ranked in the Governor’s Cup game hasn’t always portended great things for Louisville.

—Boo Corrigan talks like a guy who hasn’t actually watched a second of Louisville football this season. “Yeah, Jordan, the running back, he’s really good. They’re a good team.”

—And finally, a very happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you. I’m thankful for all of you. Even the assholes. Especially the assholes.