After two games, University of Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he is "very" pleased with the progression of his defensive unit.
The Cardinals held Miami to 10 points and the first-team defense only allowed 111 yards and one TD in game two against Murray State before coming out because it was a lopsided game.
Now, the Cardinals prepare for the first road test of the season and Grantham said it's coming against a talented Virginia team. The game is Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
"They're a talented team offensively," Grantham said. "They have some guys that can take it to the house and they play multiple guys there. They have guys who do certain things well and they try to get those guys the ball."
U of L will have to prepare for the Cavaliers and the two-quarterback they run in and out of games. Greyson Lambert has started both games and completed 29 of 38 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions, while Matt Johns has completed 17 of 29 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. Johns is better with his feet and more athletic.
Grantham said both quarterbacks give the Cavaliers a viable option at the position.
"Lambert leads the nation in completion percentage and is pretty accurate with the ball," he said. "Both of those guys are pretty good.
"They're going to run their offense. The style of guys they are, they're similar. We have seen them both and we will be ready for them both."
Kevin Parks leads Virginia in rushing with 30 carries for 107 yards, while only one receiver - Darius Jennings - has over 100 yards receiving. Taquan Mizzell has 11 catches for 41 yards for the Cavaliers.
"They're a young team with a lot of talent at the skill position," Grantham said. "We have to come out and be ready to play.
"They will but if you go back and look they will stretch the field some, like they did right before half against UCLA. If you give or explosive plays, that's when you give up points. We have to defend the entire field."
The biggest thing against the Cavaliers is likely going to be stopping the run for the Cardinals, who allow just 55.5 yards on the ground a game. U of L has been a good road team in recent years and the defense has been solid.
"Any time you are facing a talented run team, you have to play with pad level, set the edges of he defense and build a wall inside," he said. "The secondary has to be part of it and when that happens it's a good team thing. We just have to understand our fits."