As No. 5 Louisville (6-1, 4-1) prepares to visit ACC Coastal rival Virginia (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday, the focus for the defense remains on playing its physical brand.
While the prior four meetings, split between the two programs, has an average margin of victory of just three points, the Cardinals travel Charlottesville, Va., this time as a more than 30-point favorite against the Cavaliers. Much of that stems from Virginia's offensive struggles, which ranks last in the ACC in rushing and 11th in scoring.
Despite the Cavs offensive woes, they provide effort for all four quarters and the Cardinals are expecting a strong effort by the hosts.
"They play hard and they're not going to quit," said U of L defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown. "They play through the whistle."
"Everybody is going to come and give us their best, so we have to make sure we play the way we know how."
Speculation is rising that Virginia first-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall may implement a slow-down offensive attack similar to what Duke utilized to keep within striking distance of the Cardinals.
"If they do, they do," U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said following Wednesday's practice. "We have to make sure that we hold them to a low number and get off the field third down to keep feeding our offense the ball."
Following the counsel of his coach, Brown explained that the focus won't be on the pace, but on performing as they have for much of the season. The Cardinals defense ranks seventh nationally in allowing opponents to convert just 28 percent of their third-down attempts.
"We just have to continue to do what we do," said Brown. "We can't worry to much about what our opposition is going to do. We just have to continue doing what we do and we'll be fine."