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Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

Louisville’s tailgate crew from the Miami game is ready to beat Kentucky tomorrow.

—Spread check (football): Louisville by 7.5.

—Louisville Report looks at the points of emphasis for tomorrow afternoon’s game against Kentucky.

—The seventh-ranked Louisville volleyball team capped its regular season with a 4-set win over No. 12 Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The Cards will find out their NCAA tournament draw on Sunday.

—The Louisville women’s basketball team will open its run in the Chancellor Classic today at noon against 5-0 Alabama. Here’s a preview.

—Louisville fans have certainly been having some fun with Deone Walker’s “snobbish” comment for the last 48 hours or so.

—John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader has five things to know about this year’s Louisville football team.

—Quincy Riley has accepted an invitation to be play in this year’s Senior Bowl.

—The CJ staff makes some picks for tonight’s high school football state semifinal games.

—State of Louisville hands out some Louisville men’s basketball player grades through the season’s first five games.

—The LHL’s Jon Hale is expecting a slugfest tomorrow that Louisville wins by a touchdown.

PREDICTIONS Louisville 21, Kentucky 14.

As Louisville wrapped up its win over Miami on Saturday, I was planning to pick Kentucky. Then the Wildcats’ offense posted another clunker in the loss at South Carolina. Now, I’m not sure Louisville’s weak strength of schedule matters. We have no proof Kentucky is better than the ACC teams Louisville has beaten. Kentucky’s tendency for undisciplined play also makes it easy to see scenarios where the rivalry emotions are not channeled productively.

MVP: Ashton Gillotte.

Pressuring opposing quarterbacks has not been a problem for Louisville. Gillotte leads the way with 13 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Given Kentucky’s offensive struggles, Gillotte could be in line for another big game.

THE LAST WORD

Stoops on the importance of the Louisville rivalry:

“It’s been a tough stretch, without a doubt, but this is another game. It certainly doesn’t salvage some of the things that we’ve done or anything like that. We don’t look at it that way. We look at it like it’s another opportunity. We play a lot of big games here. This one, I’ve said it from the moment I walked in here that it was important. I know the importance of it to our fan base and to the community and I’ve acknowledged that for 11 years.”

—Matt McGavic of Louisville Report is predicting a two touchdown Cardinal victory.

—Local media predictions for Saturday’s game are here. For the first time in four years, I’m picking the Cards.

—The CJ has a game day guide for Louisville vs. Kentucky.

—A Sea of Blue highlights five Kentucky players to watch in tomorrow’s rivalry game.

—The Cards will be rocking all red against the Cats.

Now we just need to get UK in all blue to complete the look that every game in every sport in this series should feature.

—C.L. Brown writes that the narratives surrounding both Jack Plummer and Devin Leary can be changed depending on how things go Saturday afternoon.

—Gambling site Winners and Whiners likes Louisville to cover the spread against Kentucky.

—Mark Stoops and Jeff Brohm both come from football families with the Stoops family having a defensive background and the Brohms being more offensively-minded. The two coaches will face off for the first time on Saturday.

—The annual Juice Bowl went down at Shawnee Park yesterday.

—Work smarter.

—The Miami Hurricane has some takeaways from The U’s loss to Louisville.

—On3 looks at Kentucky football’s goals against Louisville.

—Nick Roush’s son is a Louisville fan. The kids are all right.

—Kentucky is now back in the role they assumed when the rivalry game first moved to the end of the season: Spoiler.

—Big Red Louie wonders if Kentucky football is any good.

—Need another one out of you tomorrow, Jack.

Pray to God he’s still got that mustache.

—The official UK preview for tomorrow’s game is here.

—U of L men’s basketball will be holding its annual coat drive on Sunday. You can support our community this winter by bringing your new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets that can be dropped off at the main doors of the KFC Yum Center.

—Class of 2025 QB Mason Mims from Alabama is making a return trip to Louisville.

—The staff over at Cardinal Sports Zone make their predictions for tomorrow’s game.

—This was beyond awesome to see.

—A massive group of Louisville recruits is set to be in town for the Governor’s Cup game.

—The Mike Rutherford Show will be live this afternoon from 3-6 on 1450 The Big X to get you ready for tomorrow’s game. We’ll also have a new CC Podcast episode out this afternoon.

—And finally, beat Kentucky.