Louisville is 2-0, leads the country in total offense and is 'confident' heading into Saturday's monster game against Florida State

The University of Louisville football team is 2-0, leads the country in total offense and is 'confident' heading into Saturday's monster game against Florida State. The No. 10 Cardinals will meet the No. 2 Seminoles at noon in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

It's been almost the perfect start to the season for the Louisville Cardinals football team.

The Cardinals are 2-0 after blowout wins against Charlotte and at Syracuse and the offense leads the country in total offense, scoring, first downs and yards per play.

But now is time for the first real test.

Louisville, which is ranked No. 10 in the AP and Coaches' polls, will host No. 2 Florida State on Saturday at noon in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for what should be one of the most anticipated games in school history.

"Our guys are really excited about it," Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said. "It's a huge challenge for us because they are a very good football team. But we're going to need to have a good week of preparation and try to have some fun.

"The guys are really excited about the opportunity we're getting against (Florida State)."

The contest against the Seminoles has been billed as one of the three main games on the schedule since it was released along with at Clemson and at Houston later in the season.

Jackson said the Cardinals are taking the schedule one game at a time and are "ready" for the first test.

"It’s a big game against a great team," he said. "They have a good offense and defense. We have to go out there and do what we have to do.

"We are very confident. We have always been confident against anybody. But that's the way we have to be. We should be. We just have to go out and do what we have to do."

Louisville running back Brandon Radcliff called it an "amazing opportunity."

"We have a very good opponent coming in," he said. "We’re just going to have to keep chugging away."

Louisville in the stats

Louisville is rolling on offense and are near the top of a ton of team and individual national stats leaders.

Louisville leads the country in scoring (66 ppg), total offense (754 ppg), yards per play (9.99), first downs (34) and long plays with 12 plays at 30 or more yards and 25 plays at 20 or more.

The Cardinals are third in rushing (343 yards per game), third in passing touchdowns (9), sixth in passing (411 yards per game), No. 7 in sacks allowed (1) and No. 11 in tackles for a loss (19).

Jackson is all over the stats as well and is No. 2 in total offense (1,015), No. 3 in total rushing yards (318), No. 1 in rushing yards by a QB (318) and No. 2 in rushing TDs (6) and scoring (36 points).

Radcliff is averaging 13.69 yards per play, which ranks No. 1 nationally, while defensive lineman Chris Williams is ninth in tackles for a loss with 4.5 and James Quick is No. 14 in yards per catch at 28.


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