Cards preparing for road trip to Temple

The 7th-ranked University of Louisville will play it's first American Athletic Conference game this weekend when it visits winless Temple.

Following a week off, the 7th-ranked University of Louisville (4-0, 0-0) will open it's conference play with a road game at Temple on Saturday. The Owls (0-4, 0-1) have struggled through the early stages of the season, opening with four straight losses including back-to-back losses to FCS opponent Fordham and previous winless Idaho.

In their last outing, the Cardinals crushed visiting Florida International 72-0 and this weekend they will travel to Philadelphia as a 33 point favorite. The concern is guarding against over confidence.

"We know this is a dangerous game," head coach Charlie Strong said during his weekly press conference. "You're looking at a team that hasn't won a game yet, but what's going to be critical for us is that we are going on the road and we need to play well. We need to play with confidence, play with energy and play with passion."

Louisville's potent offense, which ranks 14th in total offense nationally, will face a Temple defense that has been unable to slow it's opponent. The Owls enter the game 120th in the NCAA in total defense, allowing over 515 yards an outing.

On Monday afternoon, Strong pointed to losses to against Syracuse and Connecticut last season as examples that a heavy favorite can lose if not focused on the task.

"When you look at our football team, a lot of these guys are four year starters, so they've seen us go out and lose some games we shouldn't lose."

Kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field is scheduled for noon.

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