Game day: South Florida at Louisville

The University of Louisville football team puts a 6-0 record on the spot today at 3:30 p.m. when the Cardinals host South Florida. The Cardinals haven't played a home game in 35 games but now have three games in a row at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The game against the Bulls is a sellout.


Louisville (6-0, 1-0)

The Cardinals are one of 12 undefeated teams in the country and opened Big East play last weekend with a win at Pittsburgh.

But U of L still hasn't put a whole game together.

It's either been a slow start or a limp to the finish for the Cardinals so far this season, but head coach Charlie Strong is hoping that ends in the squads first home game in 35 days on Saturday.

Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater directs the offense for U of L. The Cardinals are averaging 33.3 points a game, while amassing 167 yards on the ground and 242 yards through the air.

U of L running backs Senorise Perry and Jeremy Wright are having big seasons. Perry is going for his third straight 100-yard rushing game, a feat last accomplished by current New York Jets running back Bilal Powell who had four in a row in 2010.

The Cardinals need to get the offense going early and use a steady dose of run and throwing the ball down the field against the Bulls.

The U of L defense is likely to bring pressure to try and make senior quarterback B.J. Daniels make some mistakes for South Florida. The Cardinals had their best game of the season in regards to sacks last week with five at Pittsburgh.

SOUTH Florida (2-4, 0-2)

The Bulls have lost four straight games and coach Skip Holtz is on the hot seat. But the Bulls still have a ton of talent, 25 seniors and could put a scare into the U of L team and fans should the Cardinals not be prepared.

Senior quarterback B.J. Daniels, a four-year starter, missed last year's game against U of L with a shoulder injury. But he's still one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks around and can hurt you on almost any play.

Daniels is a capable runner and passer and torched the Cardinals as a freshman with more than 400 yards of total offense. But he does have eight interceptions already this season and is prone to make mistakes.

The Bulls average 25.2 points a game but allow 27.5. South Florida has allowed just at 225 yards a game on the average rushing in the past five contests.


The two teams are meeting for the 10th time in the series and have split the last four meetings. The Bulls lead the overall series 5-4.

The home team won the first seven meetings of this series, while South Florida won two years ago in Louisville and the Cardinals won last year in Tampa.

The Cardinals are 3-1 in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, but did drop a 24-21 decision two years ago in Strong's first season.

U of L rallied from a 14-point deficit to win 34-24 last season.



*Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes, two of which went to DeVante Parker in last year's win over South Florida

*The Cardinals have been solid on offense in the first three home games, scoring more than 30 points in all three games. The Cardinals are averaging 467.7 yards of total offense at home this season. Bridgewater is completing 81.8 percent in the friendly confines of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium this season.

*U of L has won three consecutive games in the month of October and are 6-5 in the month under Strong. After starting 2-4 last season, U of L has won 11 of 12 regular-season games.

* The Cardinals are 6-0 for the fifth time in school history and the first since the 2006 season. The most losses any one of the previous four times that the Cardinals have started 6-0 had was one.

U of L has scored now in 153 straight games with the last shutout coming in a 31-0 decision to Florida State during the 2000 season. It's the longest streak in school history without being shutout.

U of L holds a 132-14 record when scoring 30 or more points, dating all the way back to the 1980 season.


South Florida has the only defense among the 120 FBS teams this season not to have one interceptions.

The Bulls are minus-10 in turnover margin this season.

The Bulls are 15 of 16 this season in red-zone offense, but on the flip side the red-zone defense for South Florida is 19 of 23.



**QB Teddy Bridgewater (117 of 163 passing, 1,438 yards, 9 TDs, 3 INTs).

**RB Senorise Perry (96 rushes, 559 yards, 9 TDs).

**RB Jeremy Wright (99 rushes, 450 yards, 6 TDs).

**WR Damian Copeland (18 catches, 169 yards).

**WR DeVante Parker (15 catches, 319 yards, 2 TDs).

**S Calvin Pryor (46 tackles, 1 interception).


**QB B.J. Daniels (108 of 193 passing, 1,504 yards 10 TDs, 8 INTs; 277 rushing yards, 4 TDs).

**RB Demetri Murray (82 rushes, 327 yards, 4 TDs).

**WR Andre Davis (26 catches, 333 yards, 3 TDs).

**LB DeDe Lattimore (47 tackles, 2.5 sacks).



The Cardinals need to continue to be balanced on offense but the Bulls are giving up a lot of rushing yards in recent games. If Strong does have his team focused on this game and not thinking ahead to Cincinnati, the Cards should be fine with another solid showing. Plus, it's at home.


B.J. Daniels takes care of the ball and has a big game, which he is very capable of. The Cardinals have allowed 280 passing yards or more in three of six games this season. The Bulls need to try and get the ball down the field.


With so many ties to the state of Florida, there are plenty of connections between the two sides of the ball in this game.

Here are a few of the key connections:

*U of L head coach Charlie Strong coaches with South Florida coach Skip Holtz and offensive coordinator Todd Fitch and defensive coordinator Chris Cosh at South Carolina. They were on the Gamecocks staff from 1999-2002.

U of L defensive coordinator Vance Bedford coached at Colorado State with Holtz in 1989 and alongside Fitch in 1992.

U of L defensive line coach Clint Hurtt played at Miami (Fla.) when South Florida special teams coordinator Vernon Hargreaves was on the Hurricanes staff. Both also were assistant coaches at Miami from 2001-04.

U of L has several players from Miami Northwestern, including Teddy Bridgewater and Eli Rogers. South Florida defensive tackle Todd Chandler is also a former player from Northwestern.


Charlie Strong on the focus of his team:

"We can't lose our focus. We have to execute, play smart and finish."


Louisville 34, South Florida 21

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