Cardinal Authority answers questions about Louisville's upcoming game at NC State

Cardinal Authority answers a few questions about Louisville's upcoming ACC road game at NC State

1. What does Louisville do to prepare for games when a lot of rain is expected? The Louisville area picked up a notable amount of rain in recent days and the Cardinals used it to their benefit on Wednesday by practicing outdoors on the soggy grass fields. Doing so allowed the team an opportunity to work with a wet football and other concerns that come with wet conditions. However, with the exception of working outdoors and using longer cleats for better stability in the mud, the team prepped as normal this week. Head coach Bobby Petrino said earlier this week that he believes that a wet field provides both good and bad for each side of the ball.

2. Will we see Reggie Bonnafon's role increase against NC State? I would expect to.  With the exception of the red zone interception he threw against Samford, the addition of Bonnafon to the backfield was a success.  U of L offensive coordinator Garrick McGee told Cardinal Authority on Tuesday that the coaches view the Trinity product as a "weapon" and that he has the skill set and the understanding of the offense to be effective filling multiple roles.

"He has a really good understanding of our offense, so he can play different positions and get into different sets and still understand what is going on," said McGee. "We don't have a package that when he's in someone can study and say that when he's in, this is what's going to happen. That's not really how he is because he execute all of our plays."

3. Will Louisville be the first team to intercept Wolfpack QB Jacoby Brissett? It is certainly an interesting match-up. The nation's leaders in interceptions facing a quarterback who has remained pick free for 189 consecutive attempts and has an impressive 78 percent completion percentage.  A rainy day increases the odds that the Cardinals will snag a Jacoby Brissett pass, but it could also limit the opportunities.  Much will depend on Louisville's ability to build a lead and become more agressive defensively. Six different members of the U of L defense have recorded an interception, with Josh Harvey-Clemons, Trumaine Washington and Chucky Williams each with a pair.

4. Just how big is this game against NC State?  If Louisville wants to continue to entertain the idea of competing for the ACC Atlantic Division title, then Saturday's contest is a must win.  Already trailing league favorite Clemson by a game, the Cardinals can ill afford to drop another conference game.  A win and the Cardinals are still in the race and builds momentum heading into their next game at Florida State.  A loss could be difficult to overcome and bowl hopes would take a significant hit.

5. How can I watch the game on TV? The game is being broadcast on the ACC Network with affiliates airing it nationwide.  For those in the Bluegrass State, WAVE will carry it in the Louisville market, with WCZU in Bowling Green, WKYT in Lexington and WQWQ in Paducah also broadcasting the game.  For a complete list of nationwide affiliates, click here.


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