Cardinals defense ready to lock in

The University of Louisville will host conference rival Rutgers to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for a prime time contest on Thursday night.

The University of Louisville football team is excited about playing under the lights on Thursday night on ESPN when they welcome Rutgers to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"It means a lot that we can go out there and show the world that we can play a little football, Thursday night big time game should be fun so everybody can see what we can do," senior linebacker Preston Brown said.

The Cardinals top-ranked defense will square off with one of the most potent offenses that they have seen all season. The Scarlet Knights offense that has put up 50 points twice this season already, and with both teams working on a short week, preparation is that much more important.

"Rutgers, they're a good team, and they have won a lot of big games this year, and our focus is on stopping the run, and also preventing big plays," senior safety Hakeem Smith said.

The Cardinals have excelled at the start of games for most of the season and will need to have consistency throughout the game to have success against Rutgers.

"It's all about locking in, and if you lock in from the beginning to the end you will have success, and that is what Coach Bedford has been pushing us to do, just focusing on the key objectives for each play," Smith said.

Following four straight games with noon kickoffs, the Cardinals are looking forward at the chance to show off their talents during prime time on Thursday night.

"I think we should come out to a great start, usually we have to play at twelve o'clock, now we have a little more time to get our minds right, so we should be focused, and ready to go," Brown said.

Even though this defense comes in as being ranked top in the country, they are always learning on the job, week in and week out.

"Basically what we have always been preaching, play with consistency, and finish strong, and treat each game the same no matter who they are playing," Smith said.

Kickoff for the ESPN televised game is set for 7:30p.m.

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