No. 5 Louisville (6-1, 4-1) travels to Charlottesville, Va., this weekend for its annual meeting with ACC cross-division rival Virginia (2-5, 1-2). Saturday's meeting at UVA's 61,500-seat Scott Stadium will mark the fifth meeting between the two programs, which have split the prior four. The Cardinals began work on the next opponent on Tuesday afternoon, working for two hours on the outdoor practice fields.
"It was our first day to start work on their schemes and what they show on defense," said U of L co-offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis. "Tuesday is always a learning day to get the game plan implemented and get to see the new looks and schemes that we're going to face."
Under the direction Bronco Mendenhall, his first at Virginia following 11 seasons at BYU, the Cavaliers have struggled to find its footing in the ACC. UVA is last in the league scoring and total defense, a pair of stats that don't bode well when facing the nation's top-rated offense.
Despite their defensive struggles, the Cavaliers have provided consistent effort for Mendenhall and his new staff, something that is noticeable to the U of L staff when reviewing game film.
"They are a hard-nosed group and they move around well," said Klenakis, who also instructs the offensive line. "They get a lot guys to the football. They'll show you a lot of different looks."
Sophomore offensive tackle Lukayus McNeil echoed his position coach, while also being quick to mention that the team's focus is to work even harder.
"They work hard," said McNeil. "That's one thing that I do see. They work hard, but just know that we work harder."
"This is just another game and I don't take it any other way," he said, adding that they are preparing just as hard as "if it was Florida State."