By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

A look back at the series between Louisville and Marshall prior to Saturday's game at 8 o'clock in Huntington, W. Va.

Cardinal Authority will provide a weekly look at the series between the University of Louisville and that week's opponent. Well, this week is a non-conference road game for the Cardinals when Louisville travels to play Marshall in Huntington, W. Va.. The Cardinals will play the Thundering Herd on Saturday at 8 p.m. in Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

It's a tough road game sandwiched between two top-10 ACC showdowns for the Louisville Cardinals football team.

The Cardinals will bus to Huntington, W. Va., on Friday afternoon for a Saturday night non-conference showdown against Marshall. The No. 3 Cardinals are 3-0, while Marshall is 1-1 on the season.

"Yeah, I mean Marshall is always very talented," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "Defensively they like to play a lot of man coverage and they’ve got some physical line backers that run hard to the ball. Offensively we are kind of back playing that spread offense again and no huddle. They’ve got a big quarter back that can throw it and a couple of running backs that look good on video.

"They're a very talented team. We have to go in and execute and play the game we know how to."

The Cardinals go into the game on a four-game losing streak to the Thundering Herd, dating back to 1981. The Cardinals lost to Marshall 34-31 in Louisville in 1987, while 49-28 in 1998 and 38-15 in 2002 in neutral site bowl games.

Marshall also beat Louisville 17-13 on Oct. 1 of 2011.

Louisville leads the series 16-12 and had won seven in a row prior to the loss in '87. The Cardinals lead the series 8-7 in Huntington and the Cardinals haven't lost in Huntington since a 28-6 loss in 1964.

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