Friday afternoon Cardinal news and notes

— Spread Check: Louisville 4.5.

— If you somehow missed it yesterday, Donovan Mitchell has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

— The Louisville women’s basketball program has released a non-conference schedule for the 2022-23 season. It all starts with a home game against Cincinnati on November 7.

— Matt McGavic of Louisville reports a 35-17 win with Cass in the final tomorrow night.

–Last night, the L women’s soccer team defeated No. 23 Memphis State University 3-2 on the road. They were pumped.

— The men’s soccer team will start 3-0-0 tonight at home against Seattle at 7:30. This is a preview.

— The third-ranked Louisville volleyball team has its first home game of the season tonight against 15th-ranked San Diego.

–Louisville Reports Deep behind enemy lines with Syracuse-based FanSided writers.

– Started infiltration yesterday:

— The Cardinals Authority provides a preview of the Louisville-Syracuse season opener.

– Cardinal Sports Zone staff make predictions for Syracuse games.

–S&P Godfather Bill Connery previews (insider) college football’s opening weekend for ESPN. He likes poker on Saturday night.

Louisville in Syracuse (8 p.m., ACCN). The ACC is full of interesting quarterbacks, and Louisville’s Malik Cunningham may be the most interesting. Syracuse’s defense may be solid, but the upside should give the Cardinals an edge in the dome formerly known as Carrier (now JMA Wireless). Current Line: Louisville -4.5 (up from -4 on Sunday) | SP+ Prediction: Louisville 5.0 | FPI Prediction: Louisville 2.8

–Only one of Troy Nunes’ four staff writers is an absolute magician like Syracuse to pull Louisville’s unease. 55% of readers think Orange wins.

–Anyone who thinks Mikel Jones’ ACC Media Day comment was taken out of context or just a joke needs to hear Malik Cunningham tell the story on the From the Pink Seats podcast. Absolutely bad blood there.

– Don’t delete this.

— Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball.com says (insider) Louisville has the best overall coaching staff in college baseball.

—Louisville Athletics launched ELEVATE Marketplace, the official NIL Marketplace, through an ongoing partnership with Opendorse.

— The Bellarmine Cavaliers will start their first sprint football season on September 17.

–That’s cool.

—Syracuse University’s student newspaper predicts a small upset victory for the Orange.

– ESPN provides a preview of tomorrow night.

Players to Watch

Louisville: QB Malik Cunningham had 39 touchdowns last season for 3,872 offensive yards and became the second quarterback in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards (1,031 yards) in a season.

Syracuse: TB Sean Tucker set a Syracuse record with 1,496 rushing yards last season, and Orange has started touting his Heisman Trophy.

Facts and Figures

It was Louisville’s earliest conference game since the Cardinals first played against Miami as an Atlantic Coast Conference member on September 1, 2014. … The Cardinals didn’t score a touchdown in last year’s conference, the only game the Oranges have failed to score in 2021. …Syracuse leads the ACC and ranks 16th in the nation in rushing offense in 2021, averaging 213.5 yards per game. … Syracuse is 23-19 in its home opener since the Dome opened in 1980. …Louisville averaged at least 200 rushing yards in its first three seasons at Satterfield. The Cardinals and Miss Ole are the only teams in the top five conference that can do that.

— A total of 100 college basketball coaches were asked to name the sport’s best home game setting. Only one mentions KFC Yum Center. Allen Arena in Kansas and Cameron Indoor Stadium in Duke are the top two options to get out of hand.

— Dan Mullen doesn’t think highly of the 2022 Louisville Cardinals football team.

— Jody Demling and Michael McCammon at Cardinals Authority making game-by-game predictions for the upcoming season.

— All Syracuses are looking at who has the upper hand in Saturday night’s key game.

LB Mikel Jones vs. QB Malik Cunningham

We can turn the grill up and put the meat on this grill because it’s definitely beef. At ACC media day, Jones wasn’t shy about viewing Louisville as a non-challenge, but a great opportunity, and Cunningham certainly took notice. Jones is the QB of this defense, and a lot of Saturday’s outcome will depend on how well Jones limits Cunningham’s big moves in scramble situations and engineered runs. It will be interesting to see these 3 schools play on the open field. Jones is a true sideline defender with impressive instincts and a knack for getting around the ball in big moments, but Cunningham is arguably the best athlete in college football, albeit not a skilled player. The pocket passer who has shown the ability to get the job done with ease, is Louisville’s only legitimate offensive threat.

Advantage: Louisville

so fucking right.

— The U of L cross country team will start its season at the Covered Bridge Open.

— Getting off to a fast start is important to every college football team, but has been especially important to Syracuse in recent years.

– It doesn’t matter Friday:

–WHAS-11 explores why Louisville will beat Syracuse.

–Jason Frakes, Kent Spencer (who wants me to make sure everyone knows he’s going to win this year) and company picks for the biggest high school football game in the area.

— Here’s how you can watch Louisville Motorsports players currently in international competition.

– The best game of the year takes place on the first Thursday of the season.

–Orange Fizz has three keys to upset Syracuse.

– Homies brought Louisville’s thriving creativity to the rest of the world, Vice said.

— A Johnny Manziel documentary appears to be coming to Netflix.I’m all in

— Seems like getting a promise from the best player in California is a solid recruiting idea.

–Louisville report highlights the focus of the card’s season opener.

– Keith Wynne will join the newly named University of Louisville School of Business from 3-6 for today’s Mike Rutherford Show. You can watch Syracuse previews and other crap live at 1450 AM, 96.1 FM, or here.

-Finally, defeat Syracuse.

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