5 players to watch for on the Marshall Thundering Herd team that will play host to Louisville on Saturday at 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network

Cardinal Authority gets you prepared for this week's match up between the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals and the Marshall Thundering Herd. We take a look at five players to watch for on the Thundering Herd roster. The game is slated for 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The University of Louisville football team hits the road this week for a matchup against Marshall in Huntington, W. Va.

The Cardinals will be playing their first game after trouncing then No. 2 Florida State 63-20 and rising to No. 3 in the national rankings. Head coach Bobby Petrino called Marshall a "very solid team" and said the Cardinals need to be prepared.

The Thundering Herd have won 34 games since the start of 2013, which ranks No. 8 among FBS teams.

So, Petrino has the Cardinals on their toes.

And Cardinal Authority has you covered on all of the takes of the game. Here's a look at five players to watch for on Saturday night when the Thundering Herd play host to Louisville at 8 o'clock.

1. Ryan Yurachek, Jr., Tight End

Yurachek led the nation's tight ends with 10 touchdown receptions last season and has six catches for 123 yards and one TD this season. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Yurachek is a tough matchup and one of the nation's elite tight ends.

2. Chase Litton, So., Quarterback

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Litton threw six touchdown passes to five different receivers in the opener against Morgan State and had four TDs last week against Akron. But he did lose a fumble and have three interceptions last week in the loss to the Zips. But Litton is a big, strong kid with a huge arm. He is sixth nationally in passing offense (361) and ninth in QB rating (181.71).

3. Clint Van Horn, Sr., Right Tackle

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Van Horn will be one of the better linemen the Cardinals' defense matches up against this season. He's one the Outland Trophy watch list and is strong enough and athletic enough where defenders have a hard time going through him. A former walk-on, Van Horn is a three-year starter at right tackle and has earned All-Conference honors two years in a row.

4. Gary Thompson, Sr., Defensive End

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Thompson is the career-leading tackler on the Thundering Herd roster with 116 for his time in Huntington. He has nine in two games this season, including one sack, and was a preseason C-USA All-Conference Player. Thompson is quick off the ball and has 22.5 career tackles for a loss. Louisville must handle him in passing situations.

5. Michael Selby, Sr., Right Guard

Selby leads the Thundering Herd with 29 career starts and is part of a really good right side of the line for Marshall, teaming with Van Horn. The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Selby is last year's Marshall Gridiron Gladiator Award winner. He's a tough, tough lineman.

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