GAME DAY: Louisville at Clemson

It's game day and the University of Louisville football team travels to Clemson this afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in Death Valley. Cardinal Authority looks at five key points for the Cardinals in the ACC contest in Clemson, S.C.

Five key things to watch as Louisville travels to Clemson in an ACC football game on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in Death Valley.

Cardinal Authority senior writer Michael McCammon will be at the game.

1. WHO STARTS AT QB? We believe it will be true freshman Reggie Bonnafon getting the satrt but both QBs for the Cardinals are likely to play. Bonnafon has been solid and showed improvement in his two wins. Will Gardner played well at times in going 3-1 to start the season. Bobby Petrino says he has two good options and we think that's the case. But watch for Bonnafon to get the nod and Gardner to likely also get some time.

2. PARKER TO THE RESCUE: The U of L offense has been sluggish at times so far this season without star wide receiver DeVante Parker. Well, he's back so does that mean the offense will be fine now? Not so fast on that one. He will help a ton but it remains to be seen if he's fully healthy - I think he's fine and will play - and even if he's healthy how long does it take to get him into game shape. I know they are trying to get him there.

3. DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE: The U of L defense has been sensational so far this season, giving up just 231 total yards and less than 13 points a game. But this will be a major test. The Cardinals will have to slow an offense that is averaging more than 40 points and over 500 yards a game. The Cards must continue to stop the run and that should lead into putting the Tigers in third and long situations.

4. RADCLIFF AGAIN? The twists of the U of L backfield so far this season are pretty unreal. Dominique Brown was the expected starter and is now just getting a few touches after 33 in the Miami game. Brandon Radcliff started as the No. 4 guy and is now the feature back. The difference with Radcliff is that he runs so hard and breaks tackles. He's not going to be brought down by the first guy more often than not. He's fun to watch and should have another good game and will need it for the Cardinals to be successful.

5. ACC ATMOSPHERE: The Cardinals played at Virginia last month but this is the first big-time ACC road atmosphere of the year. U of L will face more than 81,000 fans at Memorial Stadium and the place is going to be wild. Clemson is 35-6 in seven years under Dabo Swinney, including 22-2 the past four years. Not a bad record.


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