The University of Louisville football team has a defense that is allowing just 6.8 points a game this season and is ranked as the No. 1 scoring defense in the country.
The Cardinals are coming off their most impressive defensive performance of the season as they gave up just 27 yards of total offense in their 72-0 win against Florida International before the open week. But even with the impressive stats, there's more room for improvement."We don't really talk about statistics, the only statistics that matters is did you win or did you lose," U of L defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said. "We stress one thing, and that is playing up to your potential and being an achiever and if you reach your potential and you work hard every day in practice, good things will happen for you in the game."
Bedford said he really put the defense to work in the open week.
"We have been working on fundamentals, which gets back to one thing and that is tackling and getting to the football," he said. "That has been the biggest thing that we have accomplished thus far this season, is that our tackling has improved from last season and guys are getting to the ball and because of that, good things are happening for us."
Bedford said his team will be ready to hit the road again this weekend, playing on Saturday at Temple. He said despite an 0-4 record the Owls won't be an easy out. Temple is averaging 365 yards a game in total offense this season.
"Temple right now, I know they are 0-4, but they are averaging 400 yards a game offensively, that's a lot of yards," Bedford said. "We have to find a way to slow them down and get the ball back to (U of L quarterback) Teddy (Bridgewater), so he can have an opportunity to put points on the board."
Some might say the defensive numbers are inflated a bit because of the schedule. But Bedford said he's excited with the effort of his defense, especially in the college game today when its so much tougher on defenses than it is on offense.
"It's hard, because across this country nobody is really playing good defense, because offenses are that good, and the rules have changed in a way that benefit the offense," Bedford said.