Cardinal Authority provide a preview of the Cardinals vs Seminoles

Cardinal Authority provide a preview of Saturday afternoon's contest between Louisville and No.11 Florida State

Date: Oct. 17, 2015
Game Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.
Television: ESPN
  Play by Play: Bob Wischusen
  Analyst: Brock Huard
 Sideline: Shannon Spake


The forecast for Saturday, per the Weather Channel, has a mostly sunny sky with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s at kickoff. A high of 80 degrees, with a low of 55 is in the forecast. Sounds like a perfect autumn afternoon for football.

About the Cardinals and Seminoles:

  • Coming off a bye week, the Cardinals are on the road for their second consecutive game. U of L defeated NC State 20-13 in its last outing. Louisville improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in ACC play.
  • The Seminoles improved to 5-0, 3-0 in ACC, last weekend, defeating rival Miami 28-24 in Tallahasee.
  • Louisville is 28-8 on the road under Bobby Petrino and are 3-2 in ACC games away from home. Louisville has won 11 of its last 14 games on the road with Petrino on the sidelines, which dates back to the 2005 season.
  • The FSU game marks the third game this season against a top 10 team this year — playing No. 6 Auburn, No. 9 Clemson and No. 8 Florida State. Petrino is 2-4 against top 10 foes while at Louisville. The Cardinals are 19-46 all-time against Top 25 foes, while Petrino is 4-11 at Louisville versus ranked opponents.
  • The Seminoles are looking to extend its home winning streak to 18 and winning streak against ACC competition to 28.
  • FSU is lead by sophomore running Dalvin Cook, who is among the nation's leaders in multiple rushing categories.  His 158 yards per game average is second best in the country. Last week, despite being slowed by a hamstring injury, Cook rushed for 222 yards in a win over Miami. It marked the second time he's eclipsed the 200-yard barrier this season, tying an FSU single season record.
  • Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who has completed 66.9 percent of his passes good for the second best completion percentage in the ACC and 13th nationally.
  • Defensively, the Cardinals are yielding just an average of 40.5 yards per game on the ground in their last two wins over Samford and NC State.
  • FSU has zero offensive turnovers through the first five games for the first time in school history.
  • U of L freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson ranks third freshmen in the country with 435 rushing yards this season. He's posted three 100-yard games this season.
  • The Cardinals nine interceptions ranks No.1 in the ACC and 12th in the nation.
  • Through five games FSU’s rushing defense ranks 25th nationally in yards per game (116.4) and 33rd in yards per carry (3.49).  The Seminoles are one of the better defensive teams in the nation, yielding only 14.0 points per game and 310.2 yards of total offense.
  • More true freshman start for this Louisville squad (5) than any other previous Bobby Petrino coached Cardinals squad. 16 Cardinals a have made their first career starts this season, including 10 on offense.

For Florida State to Win:

  • Dominate the ground game.  While he continues to be limited in practice due to a sore hamstring, Dalvin Cook is expected to see the bulk of the carries on Saturday.  He has the ability to break free for big plays, including a trio of touchdowns this season that have gone for 70 yards or more.
  • Keep the U of L defense guessing.  Mix it up frequently on offense, including the use of the speed option, and hope to catch the Cardinals guessing wrong.
  • Stop the pass. While U of L hasn't enjoyed success through the air consistently this season, they can sling it around. FSU was blitzed for over 400 passing yards in its win over Miami.

For Louisville to Win:

  • Establish some type of running back presence.  We all know Lamar Jackson can run, but the Cardinals will need some sign of life from its stable of backs.
  • Force a turnover or two.  FSU QB Golson has yet to throw an interception and the running backs have to cough up a fumble.  Cardinals need to change that stat and then capitalize.
  • Limit Cook. Cook is going to get his carries and some nice yardage, but the U of L defense will need to limit his big plays.  An early lead by the U of L offense would be wonders in keeping Cook's success to a minimum.

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