The University of Louisville football team has had success against Syracuse during the Bobby Petrino-era.
The Cardinals are 5-0 all-time against the Orange with Petrino as the head coach, including 3-0 in the Carrier Dome. But Petrino said Friday's 8 o'clock kickoff in the Carrier Dome will be a "major test" for his team.
Louisville and Syracuse are both 1-0 heading into the first ACC game of the season.
Petrino said his team's biggest deal will be trying to overcome the noise in the dome. The team was practicing on Monday with music on the practice field at the football complex.
"Yeah, that’s a loud place," Petrino said. "They’ll probably have a good crowd, and it is loud no matter how many people are there. It’s loud playing inside. It’s always loud. So we’ve been working hard now. This will be our second week working hard with the noise at practice. Gives me a headache you know, but you have to do it. But we’ll have to communicate.
"We’ll have to be able to use silent cadence. We’ll have to be able to use verbal cadence at times. Defensively, you know we got to be able to get our front guys with a guy communicating, a linebacker communicator, and a secondary communicator. So you know it’s a concern there because all three groups need to be on the same page, and it’s going to take three different guys to do that. So, it’s a good challenge for us. It’s something that we really need."
Overall, Louisville holds a 8-6 record all-time against the Orange, including a 28-6 victory two years ago in the Carrier Dome and 41-17 last season at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The Cardinals have won five of the last six meetings.
The last loss at the Carrier Dome was a 45-26 win by the Orange in 2012.