Louisville closes its ACC schedule with a road trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday

Cardinal Authority provides a preview of Saturday's ACC contest between the Cardinals and Panthers.

Date: Nov. 21, 2015
Game Time: 3:45 p.m.
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Television: ESPN News
  Play by Play: John Drickley
  Analyst: Ah Groh
 Sideline: TBA

Weather

Wear your jacket and put your rain poncho in your back pocket. It's going to be a cool and cloudy, with a slight chance of rain on game day in Pittsburgh. The Weather Channel forcasts temperatures in the low 50's at kickoff with rain chances growing from 10 to 40 percent during game time.

About the Cardinals and Panthers

  • Louisville (6-4, 5-2) enters the game having won four consecutive outings and five out its last six, only losing at Florida State.
  • Pittsburgh (7-3, 5-1) rebounded with a 31-13 win at Duke last weekend to end a two game losing streak.
  • The two programs are former Big East Conference rivals.
  • The Panthers’ three losses this season are to a trio of nationally ranked teams with a combined 28-2 record: No. 5 Notre Dame (9-1), No. 6 Iowa (10-0) and No. 12 North Carolina (9-1).
  • A Louisville win would mark a one-game improvement in ACC for the Cardinals, who finished 5-3 in its debut season last fall.
  • The Cardinals are giving up just 56.3 yards on the ground in their last six wins.
  • The Panthers ground game checks in at No.57 nationally, rushing for an average of 179.8 yards per game.
  • Qadree Ollison leads Pitt with 859 yards and nine touchdowns.
  • The Cardinals are averaging 39.5 points per game in the last two games, wins over Syracuse and Virginia.
  • The Panthers have been exceptional at protecting the football this season. Pitt ranks 15th nationally and fourth in the ACC in fewest turnovers with 11.
  • In picking up a pair of wins in the last two weeks, the Cardinals have totaled 1,004 yards of total offense or an average of 502.0 yards per game.
  • The Cardinals have had interceptions from eight different players this season. Louisville is seventh in the nation with 15 interceptions.
  • Pittsburgh junior receiver junior year, Tyler Boyd has become the school's career leader in both receptions (232) and receiving yards (3,135).
  • Louisville junior defensive end Devonte Fields has registered 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks in the last four games.
  • The Cardinals have totaled 40.0 tackles for loss in the last four wins, moving up to 17th nationally with 7.6 per game.
  • The Panthers are No. 84 nationally in total offense and No. 26 in total defense.
  • Louisville is No. 64 nationally in total offense and No. 14 in total defense.

3 Things for a Pittsburgh Win

1. Pressure Bolin. The Panthers are No. 13 nationally with an average of 2.9 sacks per game and they are very stingy on giving up first downs, ranking 16th in the nation.  They have the resume to create problems for a U of L offensive line that has struggled to consistently protect quarterback Kyle Bolin.
2. Utilize Tyler Boyd. The junior leads the ACC in both receptions per game (7.7) and receiving yards per game (77.8). He's also a threat to run the ball.
3. Play Clean. Louisville's defense will be looking for an opportunity to make a big play, so the Panthers must not turn the ball over.

3 Things for a Louisville Win

1. Tighten Up Pass D. Despite being among the nation's leaders in interceptions, the Cardinals struggled to slow down the Virginia passing attack last weekend.  They must improve against a Panther passing game that is 37th nationally in efficiency.
2. Protect. The Virginia defensive front was able to make its presence known the Cardinals offensive backfield frequently last weekend and the Panthers will provide an even stiffer test on Saturday.
3. Consistency. The Cardinals have yet to put together a consistent ball game on both sides of the ball at the same time.  If it's in them, look out.


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