By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

It's game week for Louisville vs. Marshall and we take a look at the key matchup for the Cardinals

It's game week for Louisville vs. Marshall and we take a look at the key matchup for the Cardinals. The two teams will battle in Huntington, W. Va., on Saturday night at 8 o'clock.

The University of Louisville football team is ranked No. 3 in the country and is a heavy favorite for its road game on Saturday night against Marshall in Huntington, W. Va. The kickoff is slated for 8 o'clock.

It's a matchup of two high-powered offenses.

The Cardinals lead the nation at 65 points a game, while Marshall is sixth at 50. The Thundering Herd average 545 total yards a game - which ranks No. 12 in the FBS - while Louisville is first in that category at 679.3 yards a game.

Louisville is a heavy favorite but there's still a matchup they need to win - up front on defense.

Marshall's right side of its offensive line has two three-year starters - seniors Clint Van Horn and Michael Selby - who anchor the offensive line for the Thundering Herd. The guys on that side of the ball keep quarterback Chase Litton clean.

But Louisville wants to get in there for sacks. The Cardinals have 92 sacks the last three seasons and will challenge the right side of the line. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will move guys around, like starting Devonte Fields on that side but also using James Hearns and giving Drew Bailey and Chris Williams a shot as well.

"They're defense is extremely aggressive," Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. "They get after you. They just don't sit back but they bring blitzes at you from all over the field."

Marshall has allowed six sacks in the first two games, while the Cardinals have 13 in their first three. Louisville needs to be able to get to Litton to keep him from getting the ball to his playmakers.

Hearns leads the team with 3.5 sacks, while Fields and Jonathan Greenard have two apiece. The Cardinals already have nine players who have been part of a sack in the first three games.

"We just have to worry about ourselves," Grantham said. "We have to do what we do. We can't worry about them, we have to look at the game plan and execute what we need. We have to be ourselves."

Cardinal Authority Top Stories